DIY Jewelry Organizer (day 15 of 31 days of Pinterest: Pinned to Done)

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DIY Jewelry Organizer

Today’s project was inspired by this pin from Apartment Therapy.  And honestly many more pins as you can find lots of DIY jewelry organizers on Pinterest.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

I had thought about procrastinated on this project for a long time.  Originally I thought I would try to use a large frame, back it with corkboard, and cover it with fabric. 

But I was having a hard time finding a big enough frame.  Then I came across this bulletin board at a local thrift store.  It was in decent shape and only $2.00.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

I cleaned it up a bit, removed the paper and all the staples, and then got busy painting the outer frame white. 

DIY Jewelry Organizer

I didn’t tape off the cork because I knew I would be covering the entire thing with fabric.  I did 2 coats of Valpsar paint and primer in one and it covered it really well.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

My favorite fabric warehouse had their big fall sale last week and I lucked out and found gray chevron print – for $1.99 a pound!  (Because this is heavier weight material I think a pound is about equal to a yard, so I got it for about $1.99/yard – in a few yard pieces.)  I decided that was the perfect fabric to use on my jewelry board.  You want to use something in a larger pattern that is not too busy or even a solid.  Because once you get all the jewelry up there it could look a little crazy with a bold fabric.    So $2 for the board, less than $1.99 for the fabric ( I didn’t even use a whole yard), and I already had the paint and thumbtacks.  Don’t know why I waited so long to do this.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to get the fabric adhered to the cork – I thought I would have to staple it all around.  But when I got it cut to size and laid out, I thought I might try just tucking the edge under the frame with a small screwdriver.  And it worked perfectly!  So no stapling which meant I didn’t have to try to come up with some way to cover the staples with some trim either.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

By the way, THIS is the reason I need this.  Piles of jewelry hanging on an ironing board holder was not really working.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

And piles of jewelry on the dresser was DEFINITELY not working, pretty, or functional.  DIY Jewelry Organizer

I looked for some pretty little cup hooks or something like that but I haven’t found any yet.  So I just opted for clear thumbtacks and they are actually working really well. 

DIY Jewelry Organizer

So here is my board all done!  Love that is functional and pretty all at the same time!

DIY Jewelry Organizer 

And I know someone is going to comment and say, “You have a lot of jewelry, where do you get it all?”  I would say 75% of all of this jewelry has come from yard sales for $1 or less (I have a jewelry man at the parking lot yard sale that I shop at a lot and have bought a lot from in over the last year), another 20% comes from Cato clearance ($0.99-1.99 for jewelry on clearance, sometimes even sets – necklace and earrings together for $1.99.)  And then the other 5% is just pieces I have specifically bought on sale somewhere else or gifts, etc. 

DIY Jewelry Organizer

I hung the board behind our bedroom door.  When I redo/redecorate this room, I may move it but I like it here for now.  I actually thought about putting it in the closet in the spot where I hung my scarves.  But I don’t get dressed in the closet so it was much more convenient to have it in the bedroom where I am getting dressed, where the lighting is better, and can find the jewelry I want. 

DIY Jewelry Organizer

So glad I found that Chevron print too!  I think it is so fun behind the jewelry.

DIY Jewelry Organizer

Now I just need to find some way to store/display/organize my earrings which I don’t have near as many as I do necklaces and bracelets.  Any ideas?

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  1. LOVE IT! i made one last month.
    jae recently posted..Small LuxuryMy Profile

  2. That looks really nice. Good job!

  3. How fun!!
    Kerry @ Made For Real recently posted..Day 15My Profile

  4. I love this! Your project is even cuter than the original pin. I love how you covered it with fabric and painted the frame.
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  5. Wow. I love this project. It turned out fabulous, Christina. I have jewelry envy now. lol!
    Heather @ Thrifty Stories recently posted..Day 15: Homemade Jewelry CleanerMy Profile

  6. Love this! I’ve been wanting to do something similar for a while! Need to stop procrastinating & just do it already!!! Thanks for inspiring me today! 🙂 I’m loving your series!! You’ve been busy girlie!
    Tonya @ Love of Family & Home recently posted..Shower Before & After with Tub Surround TutorialMy Profile

  7. Meaghan says:

    This is beautiful!! I might just have to try it out… I made an earring holder out of a picture frame and some lace fabric that had small holes in it but a more sturdy idea is with bug netting (for a screen door) that you can buy at fabric stores! It holds up really well and the little holes work perfectly to hang earrings on. 🙂

  8. Maria Mitchell says:

    OMG! I love this idea! All of my jewelry is in a shoebox tote and very tangled. I’m definitely going to make this. Thanks so much.

  9. Sally Percifull says:

    I have had 2 of these on my bedroom wall for several years. One for earrings & one for necklaces & bracelets. I spray painted the bulletin boards, bright pink & lime. One squareish & one oblong.They are decorative & handy for picking out what to wear.

  10. Love this! My earrings are on an empty frame with strig hung and stapled on the back. I like it for now but I really wish for something else to put them on…

  11. Mia Leill says:

    I didn’t read through all the comments. But I use egg holders (the kind you can take out of the fridge- I bought mine at a local thrift store) I put one pair of earrings in each slot- and I keep them in my vanity. Hope this helps.

  12. I just did something similar, except for earrings. My first attempt, which worked really well, was I took a piece of lace and put it in an embroidery hoop and hung that on the wall. My earrings could just hook over various holes in the lace. It looked great. Then I got too many earrings, so I took a frame, put a loose woven fabric in it, without any backing. The earrings slip through the holes in the fabric. Its also really nice. Now I use the lace one for my necklaces, just doing them up around the holes.

  13. Another frame with a piece of holey lace wrapped around the glass, then you can hook and hang the majority of your earings on it.

  14. How big of a board did you use i’ve been wanting to do this with the board i have since i just moved into an apartment and don’t want to put a ton of holes in the wall.

  15. Do the thumbtacks start coming off when you are taking your necklaces on and off multiple times?
    I LOVE this and would love to make it, but don’t want to have the thumbtacks coming off and necklaces falling off all over the place.

  16. What material is this fabric? I want to make this but I need to buy the fabric first.

  17. very helpful article to display jewelry .
    mitu recently posted..Green and pink string necklaceMy Profile

  18. a very inexpensive earring rack, is a used frame, tulle, pull it taught, earrings hang quite nicely. if you have clip on’s just simply add a ribbon and clip them right on to the ribbon. would hang just nicely next to the necklace/bracelet one you just made

  19. I like using small ice cube trays that stack, they work great for earrings. You do not have to fasten the earring backs onto anything, you can simply drop them into the space. I like the trays that are special shapes like little flowers, the silicone cube trays stay stacked well. Ice cube trays are real cheap and if you put felt or cork tabs on the bottom they stay stacked up better on the dresser.

    • Dana Gibson says:

      I totally agree with you Robyn, I think the ice cube trays that she’s showed work prrrrfect for earrings! 🙂 It’s easy to just drop them into the individual spaces that the trays so nicely have. Not only are they cheap they are practical. Most importantly, I appreciate her putting together this DIY list for necklace holders and earring holders! XOXO

      Dana Gibson


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