Occasionally Crafty: Thrifted Frame to Earring Holder

October 19, 2012

Thrifted Frame to Earring Holder

I have recently developed an obsession with earrings. 3 years ago I wouldn't wear them because I keep my hair pretty short and thought my fat ears made earrings look funny! Don't we all have some crazy body image issues? Well, my husband went on a business trip and found a necklace he really liked for me, but the guy wouldn't sell it to him without the earrings so he thought he'd give it a try. Well, I did give it a try and my husband may be regretting it now! See, in Korea jewelry is CHEAP. I mean, you can find stands with awesome earrings for 1000 won, which is less than a dollar. So, I may or may not have grabbed like 5-10 pairs every time I came across one of those stands!

That quickly means a storage issue. I mentioned that I have a hanging organizer that has lots of tiny clear pockets, and it still is a great solution, but I came across a photo on pinterest awhile ago that intrigued me. It was a sheet of metal she had put in a picture frame! Genius!

Now that we are homeowners and frequent Home Depot more than Michael's, i perused their perforated metal sheets and found the perfect one to hang all my long, dangly earrings from!


Here's a closer look at the metal. I love how many holes it has and how many options that gives me!

My sheet of metal was 12"x24", and they do make picture frames that size, but I found this frame at the thrift store and thought it would be perfect for this project. I bought some tin snips and sized my sheet of metal to the frame. I removed all the glass, cardboard and pictures and nailed (with some tiny tiny nails) the sheet of metal to the back of the frame. I just love it!!!


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Now I just need to come up with one for all my studs, since I didn't want to be hooking and un-hooking earrings to the frame all the time. Maybe something upholstered that I can just stick 'em in to?

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6 comments:

  1. I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early :) Thanks, Peggy. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-5-linky-parties-are-back.html

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  2. Oohh! I love how this turned out! The metal looks so decorative - cool! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout! Happy Halloween!

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  3. "Now I just need to come up with one for all my studs, since I didn't want to be hooking and un-hooking earrings to the frame all the time. Maybe something upholstered that I can just stick 'em in to?"

    Laura, I think you can use this same concept for most of your studs. Have you thought of placing it flat/horizontally so you can just drop the studs in like pegs? You may need to have a little cup with all of the backings, but it would save you from having to hook and un-hook the earrings. It may not work for tiny studs that would fall through the holes, but I think it would be a great idea for the larger ones. Just a thought...

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  4. What a great idea! The frame is really pretty. I am thinking of doing something similar for my earrings, but with screen instead. An idea for your studs would be to get a roll of the magnet strips at any craft store. Than you can stick your studs to it (and the backings too). I haven't figured out a nice way to display it yet, but it would be a very easy way to organize earrings.

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  5. What a great idea, Laura! The metal sheet looks quite classy in the frame – I’m going to look for one myself (most of the perforated sheets you find are single rows of the larger holes and therefore look a little too industrial for my taste). Studs are a little trickier to find a convenient jewellery storage method for. I would recommend you save the plastic mount and devise a hanging display. That way, you won’t lose the back studs as well.

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  6. Very nice, love simplicity, the shiny is great. Wonderful jewelry idea. Seems like they'd be fairly inexpensive to make, think two teenage grand daughters would love these. Next time I'm in craft store I'll be looking out for the supplies. Great post
    . Glad you had a good break, you deserve it. Sometimes other things like your family, friends deserve to come first before your blog.
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