DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

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If you’re looking for a vintage style way to store your earrings this DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer is it! All you need is a pretty frame and chicken wire!

Frame with chicken wire used as an earring organizer

I’m in possession of a bunch of dangle earrings. And necklaces. And a few bracelets. ~smile~ I might indeed have lots of accessories!

I’m not the type to use velvet shelves, a jewelry stand or a jewelry cabinet (no room in my crowded closet!) Anyway, I wanted a more chic and sassy way to organize my earrings and jewelry. This also works nicely for necklaces!

This jewelry and earring organizer is so simple but packs a punch on the style meter! Your friends will be amazed at your one-of-a-kind organization skills!

How can I make a homemade jewelry organizer?

There are many ways to store jewelry. I know this for a fact! I’ve tried them all! There are beautiful boxes and hangers and all the things. A jewelry armoire would work or even just the dresser top or nightstand in your bedroom. Some organizers have a lid or some may have compartments for storing all the things.

First you have to decide if you want something with earring slots or if a wall-mounted jewelry organizer would work better. There are even ways to store your baubles with a door jewelry organizer (which would help corral the clutter.)

But if you want something unique as well as practical, this DIY project is for you! (And if you’re not into DIY I have some ideas for you at the end of this post!)

Metallic gold paint
Metallic silver paint
Foam paint brush
Metal shears
Staple gun
Utility wire
S-hook clasp

Step 1. Measure your wall space.

Decide where you want to hang your finished piece so you know the approximate size of the frame you need to buy. The organizer is perfect for a bedroom, closet or even a bathroom with extra storage space.

Just remember the final frame is so pretty you might not want to hide it!

Step 2. Find an interesting frame.

Vintage frame with intricate gold accents

The frame was $1 at a yard sale (read these yard sale tips and my top 10 yard sale bargains) and I bought it because I loved the intricate design.

At the time I had no idea what I was going to use it for but it’s the perfect vintage look for my jewelry!

Close up of vintage gold frame

Step 3. Paint frame.

I wanted a burnished gold look for the frame to blend in with the rest of the bedroom and I also needed to paint over the canvas strip around the inside of the frame.

I used Modern Masters Gold Rush (semi opaque) ME658 for the first coat over the entire frame. I just used a disposable foam craft brush to apply.

Closeup of painted vintage gold frame details

Not so gold anymore but not exactly what I was looking for.

Painted gold vintage picture frame

I then used a coat of Modern Masters ME221 Warm Silver (opaque) and this worked much better!

Vintage frame and chicken wire for earring holder

What I’ve found in painting accessories is sometimes it takes trial and error to find the right product or the right blend of paints to create the perfect finish. Just look at it like you’re back in kindergarten playing with finger paints!

Step 4. Attach chicken wire.

The chicken wire I used was 1/2″ x 1/2″ squares on a 36″ roll (width) and purchased from the hardware store. Even though we’re just hanging earrings here, there is some weight involved.

I left a 1″ overhang around the perimeter of the frame, which is two rows of wire for spacing. No hard rule here, just do what works for you.

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The wire can be cut with tin shears, wire cutters, or a cut-off wheel. The last is, by far, the easiest.

Use a commercial grade staple gun with 3/8″ (10 mm.) staples to attach the wire to the frame. The goal is to eliminate any ripples in the wire, so keep it tight and staple at intervals that will solve that problem.

You will also need to drive these in a bit deeper with a hammer, so lay the frame face down on a towel and pop each one a time or two. Stapling across the corner allows for a better grab.

Back side of frame with chicken wire

Step 5. Add spacer to frame.

It is very important to also include some kind of spacer on the back. In the picture, this is the 1″ x 2″ piece of wood at the top and bottom of the frame, installed OVER the chicken wire. This allows the earrings to hang without touching the wall. If it was not included, the earrings would not hang properly and could scratch the wall.

To avoid that nasty crack by the screw, pre-drill and then run the screw through that hole.

back side of frame with chicken wire for earrings

Step 6. Hang with wire.

The last step is some type of hanger. I chose to use picture wire, but you can also use picture hangers of various types, whatever works best for your walls.

Although I didn’t do this, you could install two more wood backers on the vertical sides. If your wood is thicker, you may not like that you can see too far behind the frame on those two sides. In that case, just install two more pieces and that gap disappears!

Back side of wooden frame with chicken to hang earrings on

I found that the chicken wire, once securely attached to the back of the frame, was perfect to hold the huge variety of jewelry I own!

Gold vintage frame with chicken wire hanging on wall

Step 7. Way to hang hoop earrings.

Hoop earrings are by far the easiest to hang. The longer I’ve used this means of organizing the more I double up on the hoops. Just simply hang both earrings in the same hole!

hoop earrings hanging on chicken wire in wooden frame

Step 8. How to store stud earrings.

Stud earrings can be a little bit more difficult but they’re still doable! Just bring the back of the earring almost to the end of the long piece and hook it on a square of chicken wire. Voila!

closeup of earring hanging on chicken wire frame

Step 9. Hang necklaces on framed organizer.

Let me also show you how you can use this type of framed organizer for necklaces.

Any kind of clip that will allow you to attach it to the chicken wire will work. I like these necklace hooks the best because they’re the easiest to hang and remove necklaces. Otherwise I just used what I had on hand.

s hooks used to hang necklaces on wooden frame

Obviously you can’t hang as many necklaces as earrings but still it’s a pretty alternative to a jewelry box or another type of organization.

frame and chicken wire used to hang necklaces

I love the finished look but I confess I normally hang more pairs of earrings on here. Still pretty now but a little more cluttered!

vintage frame with chicken wire for hanging earrings

Some tips for making this earring organizer:

  • The frame you pick is totally up to you but I love using yard sale and thrift store ones. I actually keep a few on hand for any projects or pictures I might be framing.
  • This would look pretty with two frames together, one for necklaces and one for earrings.
  • You certainly don’t have to paint your frame but this gives you options with colors and stains.

Don’t you love it decorated with all the fancy bling?

And here’s how it looks in my new home. I just might have taken every.single.earring off the frame and color coded them. Yes I did! And it’s so much easier to find something to match my outfits!

Gold frame with chicken wire and earrings organized on it

Fun organizers if you don’t want to DIY:

vintage frame with chicken wire as earring organizer

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DIY Framed Earring Organizer

If you're looking for a vintage style way to store your earrings this DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer is it! All you need is a pretty frame and chicken wire! 
Keyword Earring Organizer
Cost $15


  • 1 picture frame
  • 1 section chicken wire
  • 1 paints
  • 1 foam craft brush
  • 1 wire cutters
  • 1 staple gun and staples
  • 1 16" gauge steel wire
  • 1 hooks for hanging necklaces


  • How can I make a homemade jewelry organizer?
  • Measure your wall space.
  • Find an interesting frame.
  • Paint frame.
  • Attach chicken wire.
  • Add spacer to frame.
  • Hang with wire.
  • Way to hang hoop earrings.
  • How to store stud earrings.
  • Hang necklaces on framed organizer.
DIY earring organizer in vintage frame with chicken wire

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  1. Marty,
    I am so glad I came across your web site. I have been trying to figure out how to organize my jewelry I also like to have it displayed so that I can see what I have. I have dedicated one of my bedrooms as MY BEAUTY room. I have found ideas to hang my beautiful scarfs, my necklaces, my bracelets and now I am going to do this project. I love fancy blinging things. As an idea I would love to add is to use fancy or what ever floats your boat either wrapping paper, or fabric to the back of the frame and extened it to the back to cover the extended piece of wood that you attached to the back of the frame. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

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  2. I love the earring organizer! I want to do something similar. Thanks for the great directions. I have a jewelry chest that my M-I-L gave me and it’s great but I like the idea of having things out where I can see them. I made a holder for my big collection of jewelry pins by covering a plywood board with foam and velvet and it keeps my pins where I can see them so I wear them more often.

    1. Thanks, Betty. It’s still one of my favorite pieces in our bedroom. I’m constantly putting earrings back in different places and then have to search and search for the ones I want. But it’s definitely a great way to organize AND look pretty!

  3. Hi. I make jewelry out of paper beads I create. I needed a display for my jewelry one of our unique shops in North Myrtle Beach, SC. This will do the job with class and style.

    1. Hi, Bonnie. I’m so glad you found this post. I’m in NC but my family vacationed in North Myrtle most of my childhood. Such fond memories! I hope this solution is just what you need. Good luck!

  4. Marty. I am a big fan of your blog! Love the earring hanger and youre bedroom? Absolutely just as would want mine to be, one day! I love a light bedroom, white curtains throw etc. White is my favourie colour! I always look forard to the next mail. God bless.

    1. Hi, Elsie. I’m so glad you love my bedroom and the earring organizer. I still use it every single day, although I do need to weed through my collection a bit! Thanks so much for reading!

  5. I love this! What size frame did you use? If that information is in the article, then I missed it.

    1. Hi, Kim. The dimensions for the frame are 21 1/2 x 25″ but you can really use whatever size fits your space. I kinda love earrings if you can’t tell so the oversized frame works well for me!

  6. What a fabulous idea and kudos to the husband. such a beautiful bedroom too.

    1. Hi, Christina. Thanks so much. I still use the earring organizer ALL the time! I love that they’re on display where I can see them and they’re pretty, too!

  7. Love this. I did a similar frame. I covered the cardboard that backs the frame with a piece of red silky fabric. Really pops. I used chicken wire ( the octagon shape). DON’T!!! Earrings are very hard to take off and on. I’m changing it out to the way Tim did it. Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Hi, Julie. I’m glad you found the tutorial useful. I’ll bet the red fabric adds a great pop of color! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  8. is there any place on this project page to print directions? i dont see any little printers.

      1. I need printable directions more so to use my printer then I do this awesome project! Thanks for the idea.

  9. I love your project!
    FYI It’s rabbit wire.
    Chicken wire is not as hefty and is in the shape of an octagon. lol

  10. Sooo pretty and perfect to store and display one’s earring collection. Sadly, most of my earrings do not have shepherd’s hooks but pins which would not hold onto chickenwire 🙁

    1. Hi, Esthi. I still manage to hang some of my earrings that have pins on the back on the chicken wire. I just have to be a little bit more careful. You might give it a try.

      1. You can use screening material rather than chicken wire. The smaller holes will hold the pin back type earrings and the hook style as well.

        1. I had the same question. Thanks for responding! I’m currently doing something very similar using plastic needlepoint mesh, but I need a larger holder now. Screening sounds perfect!

        2. Great idea! i used a fine tulle in a small picture frame about 12 years ago to hold any kind of earring except clip on’s. It’s still in use today!

      1. I added a ribbon threading it through the chicken wire and putting a knot behind the chicken wire. A each end of the ribbon. I was in able to hang all my post earrings and any pins I had that had posts

    2. I use styrofoam for post earings and you can do all steps above with that in replace of styrofoam or even half and half!! 🙂

      1. Yes, by latex free gloves, I am a nurse and have an ample supply, I hope this idea helps you!

    1. Appreciated the added tips for the project! As a beginner diyer I wouldn’t have thought about the boards on back and predrilling and a towel![duh]
      I have been thinking of a similar project and have a thrifted fancy gold frame waiting to be used. The timing couldn’t be better. ?