Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jewelry Holder

I've seen tons of great recycled jewelry holders online made out of old photo frames with mesh used to hang earrings from. I really wanted to make one but decided to try to find something  for storing both dangling earrings and studs.

I scoured thrift stores and finally found this (for only $5!)

It had a wire grate to hang earrings AND little drawers for stud earrings, bobby pins, hair binders, etc - exactly what I was looking for!

I removed the wire grate off of the back so I could paint the wood parts.

Since the drawers were plastic with wood fronts I taped off the plastic parts. Here are the drawers all ready to be painted.

First I sprayed it with a primer and then painted it with leftover Heirloom White paint that I had.

 Done with painting!

I put the drawers back in and stapled the metal grate (but apparently after I took this photo..) back in.

Then I hung it up in the bathroom, hung my earrings and filled the drawers. I have a drawer for hair binders, bobby pins, stud earrings, safety pins, earrings that are broken or missing a partner and one to spare.  Marvelous. I don't use the top drawers that often so they work well for hanging necklaces that won't fit in the little necklace cup (lower right corner).

A closer shot.

I can hang rings from the little knobs (I just have to be careful that they don't fall but so far I haven't had this problem) and I set bracelets on the top or in the little mesh cup.

Here you can see a drawer in action. :-)

I'm so glad I found this a the thrift store and love using it for jewelry storage! As a bonus I think it also looks nice hanging in the bathroom. :-)


  1. This looks fantastic - I have serious craft envy!

  2. Thanks! I love how it turned out and it's really nice to have somewhere to store all of my jewelry. :-)

  3. I love this. I have also thought about making the mesh frame, but didn't because I have so much jewelry and also the earring thing. I have an old spice rack similar to this one. All I will need to do is jig saw the back out and add some wire mesh. Love it! I will be adding hooks on each side to hold my many necklaces. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Your craft came out gorgeous. Cute blog- I love the fun hand drawn logo! I'll be back for more :)

  5. I am hosting a Thursday Linky called Thrilling Thursday. I would love for you to stop by and link up!
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  6. What a great project- I'm constantly on the lookout for a jewelry organizer, and this is the closest to the "best" one I've seen yet!

  7. Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again next week :)

  8. I love your idea. I was thinking that adding some small cup hooks to the sides of the cabinet would be a great place to hang your necklaces. I made a tall, narrow frame, backed it with hardware cloth (a wire mesh), and hinged it to the side of a shelving unit in my closet, so that I could get to both sides of it. That way, I can fasten both earrings with wires or backs to it. I added cup hooks across the bottom-front of the frame, and pegs (for peg racks) standing straight up from the top edge to hold bracelets and rings. I love it, but having the little drawers like yours would be even better. I just happen to have an old, wooden bathroom wall cabinet like yours out in the garage! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Thanks for all of the great comments! Laura - I've been thinking about getting hooks to add to the sides for necklaces but just haven't gotten around to it yet. :-)Your jewelry holder sounds great!

  10. I had no idea Jessika made this when I saw it in her bathroom and loved it. What a great idea. I've been looking for a way to keep my earrings more organized and the wire mesh is perfect. Gonna start scouring the thrift stores! Thanks for sharing your great ideas Jess! - mom

  11. Soooo cute! What a great idea! I kindof collect little racks and one of a kind shelves, I have 2 that are very close to yours but have front doors on them that I have taken off. Thanks for the great idea!



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