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DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

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This DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer is created inexpensively from a yardsale frame and chicken wire. Perfect for hanging necklaces or earrings!

DIY earring organizer made from an old frame

Today my DIY hubby and I are here to give you the skinny on one of my favorite projects in my low budget bedroom makeover.

I’m in possession of a bunch of earrings. And necklaces. And a few bracelets. ~smile~

My daughter got married and left a bunch with me. I yard sale and pick up a few things. 

I’m a hoarder collector, okay?!

Anyway, I wanted a more chic and sassy way to organize my hoard collection.

This jewelry and earring organizer is so simple but packs a punch on the style meter!

Earring and Image

The frame was $1 at a yard sale (read how to know the difference between trash and treasure and my top 10 yard sale bargains) and I bought it because I loved the intricate design.

A close up of a box

Yes, there are times when I buy just because! 

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Sometimes a dollar is just a dollar, ‘ya know?

EarringDIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer

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Materials:

Modern Masters Gold Rush (semi opaque) ME65
Modern Masters ME221 Warm Silver (opaque)
Foam craft brush
1/2 in. x 2 ft. x 25 ft. Hardware Cloth (like chicken wire)
Wire cutters
Stapler/nail gun
3/8″ staples
16″ Gauge Steel Wire

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.

Step 1. Paint 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.

A close up of a box

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

A book on a table

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

 Earring and Chicken wire

Here’s Tim to give you the details on putting it together.

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Step 2. Attach chicken wire

Tim: The chicken wire I used was 1/2″ x 1/2″ squares on a 36″ roll (width) and purchased from the hardware store, and even though we’re talking about 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 you like.

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.

A close up of a cage

Step 3. 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 for the earrings to hang without touching the wall. If it was not included, the earrings would not hang properly.

By the way, to avoid that nasty crack by the screw, pre-drill and then run the screw through that hole…I’m just sayin’.

A close up of a cage

Step 4. Hang with wire

The last thing to execute is some type of hanger. I chose to use picture wire, but you can also use picture hangers of various types…your preference.

In anticipating a question, you could install two more wood backers where I did not, 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!

A close up of a cage

I found that the chicken wire, once securely attached to the back of the frame, was perfect to hold the plethora of items my wife managed to hang there!

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A bedroom with a bed and a mirror

Marty: I love the way it turned out!

A clock decorated room

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

How I Decorated Our Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

The frame is tucked beside a dresser in the corner.

Earring and Necklace

Did you know I decorated my bedroom for practically nothing?

A bedroom with a bed in a room

Why yes I did and I’m so pleased with how it turned out!

How do YOU organize your jewelry?

A large bed sitting in a room

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63 Comments

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

    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. ?

  1. 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!! 🙂

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

    Sherry
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