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Earrings: The Problem Jewelry
I love jewelry. Cheap jewelry, expensive jewelry, elegant jewelry, homemade jewelry; I like it all. But I also love a neat, organized home. It's easy to find attractive, cheap display options for necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Jewelry boxes, cabinets, hooks, and hangers are pretty common. But earrings? Good luck!
I want to display mine where they can be seen, admired, and easily found in the mornings while I'm getting dressed. Preferably without having to root around a box for 10 minutes trying to find the ever-elusive second earring from the pair I had my heart set on wearing that day.
Since I'm something of a jewelry packrat, I hardly ever get rid of any pairs, which means I have too many earrings for conventional stands and displays. I was thrilled when one of my girlfriends suggested this project. She told me it was how her grandmother used to organize earrings, and I loved the idea.
What You'll Need
- One attractive picture frame. Just the frame will do. You won't need the glass or anything else.
- Enough lace to fit the inside of the frame (plus a little extra just to be safe).
- Thumb tacks.
- Super glue. The thicker kind is better than the liquid kind.
- A small amount of cardboard.
Choosing Your Frame
- Find an Old Frame at Home or a Thrift Store: Since you only need the outer frame, you can always use an old picture frame that has broken. If you're buying one, though, the thrift store is the place to go. I got my frame for $3. The paint was chipped, but I sanded it down and repainted it the brownish-gray color you see in the photo, and I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.
- Make Sure It's the Right Size for Your Earring Collection: When choosing a frame, make sure you look for one that is the right size. You may want to lay out your earrings in pairs to see how much room you'll need to hang them.
- Make Sure It Has the Right "Look": You should also choose a frame that you think is attractive. If the design is pretty but the color is ugly, you can always repaint. A frame that is a single color is a much safer bet since there's no risk that its preexisting design will clash with the pattern of the lace.
Choosing Your Lace
- Check for Lace at Home, or Find Some Thrift Store Curtains: Pretty much any type of lace will work. I used lace from an old lace curtain I found at the same thrift shop as the frame. It cost me $1.50. If you like to sew, you may already have some suitable lace, but if not, thrift shop lace curtains are probably your cheapest bet.
- You Can Also Use Cheesecloth, But Avoid Regular Fabric: If you prefer more of a rustic look, you can also use cheesecloth, but stay away from regular fabric. It's too hard to poke the earrings through, and they can leave weird-looking holes when you remove them.
How to Make Your Framed Lace Earring Organizer
- Cut your lace to fit in the frame. Leave a little extra at the edges to make sure you have enough. You can always snip it off when the project is finished.
- Pin the lace down with thumb tacks so that it is tight against the frame.
- Cut your cardboard into thin strips. Make sure they fit along the inside of the frame but are invisible from the front.
- Apply super glue to the inner edges of the frame (over top of your pinned-down lace) and use the strips of cardboard to press down the lace and glue firmly.
- Allow the glue to dry over night before using your organizer.
- Once the glue has dried, snip the excess lace away. Your frame is ready!
Enjoy Your Completed Organizer!
I hope you'll decide to give this project a try. My completed organizer cost me only $4.50 in materials, and it really is a work of art. Plus, if you ever find yourself with more earrings than frame, you can always upgrade and turn your old frame into a gift for a friend.
What I like most about this project is that it's easy, but it doesn't look "homemade." It looks like something you could have bought in a chic décor shop. Do tell me about it in the comments if you decide to make your own!
Christin Sander from Midwest on April 17, 2015:
What a cute, frugal idea for earring display. I'll have to remember this for a future project.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 26, 2015:
What a cool idea, Christy. I would love to do it for my earrings and some keepers from my mother's earrings too. Voted up for useful!
Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 04, 2015:
This is a great idea! I have often seen wires or string used in these frames but the lace would make it much easier to put lots of earrings in and to move them around. Plus, you can always replace the lace when it wears out. Great hub and voted useful! x
peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 09, 2014:
clever idea! those nettings are useful to hook up the earrings
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on September 18, 2014:
Christy, as a jewelry designer and crafting enthusiast your lovely DIY lace earring organizer is a major hit for me on both counts. There are many earring displays based on framed fabric but your idea of using lace really elevates this one! Voted up and pinned to my Jewelry Design and Jewelry Making Projects, Techniques and Tutorials board on Pinterest.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 18, 2014:
That is art, isn't it? After it is all complete, with earrings on you have created a new piece of art--you have your jewelry organized and this unusual display.
Thanks for sharing this clever idea.
Angels are on the way to you ps