Tuesday, August 9, 2011

DIY Earring Holder

I have a problem.  There it is.  Step 1 complete.
I have a problem with accessories.  I love them, adore them, want to have them all.  In fact, if I could have a limitless Visa card to Charming Charlie, I would be a world of trouble.
Because of this... addiction (there I said it), I obviously need a way to organize and display my little lovely treasures.  I figured I'd better start with the earrings, which I perpetually lose, tangle or forget about.  And they're just so colorful... why not?! 
This earring holder cost me about $10 in supplies and was surprisingly easy.
Enjoy the project!

Approximate Time: 15 minutes

Picture Frame
Nail (smaller than your eyelet hooks see below)
Picture Hanging Wire
Picture Hanging Eyelet Hooks

1.  Remove glass, backboard wings (the tabs that hold the picture in), and any other picture hardware.  If you would like to paint your frame a different color, this is the time to do it.  I chose to keep my white.

2.  Measure out the distance between your hooks and mark with your pencil on the inside edge of the frame.  I chose to do four rows - 1 for short earrings and 3 for long earrings.  Becareful to line them up on both sides.  For instance, since I am doing 1 shorter row, I needed to make sure I put my markings in the correct place on the other side... which I didn't the first time.  That's what erasers are for I guess! 

* You can also make your earring holder horizontal. 
* Make sure you measure to the frame. 

3.  Using the hammer and nail, make holes on your markings for the eyelet hooks to be screwed into.  Make sure your holes are not too deep and smaller than your eyelet hooks.  This step is just to make putting the eyelet hooks in easier. 

4.  Screw in all of your eyelet hooks.

5.  Cut your wire the width of the inside of your frame PLUS 1/2 inch.  This will give you enough wire to work with.

6.  String the wire through one eyelet and then the other without securing.  Make any adjustments you need to make sure you have an even tail length on both sides.  Once decided, pull taut, fold tail over eyelet and then twist around wire to secure.  Repeat to secure all of your wires.

*Be careful!  Some of these hanging wires are very sharp.  If you have never worked with this kind of wire before, use gloves or wire tools.

7.  Hang earrings and enjoy!

Inspired By: http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/shoes-accessories/jewelry/organize-earrings-with-empty-frame-00000000038622/index.html

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