I have been frustrated with my lack of jewelry organization for a while now. I have looked and looked for an alternative, but I wasn’t able to find anything that I liked the look of AND was functional. So, things just piled up and necklaces were constantly tangled around each other.
I found this earring frame, but it was just too small. I continued to look for an alternative, but then one day I was looking at that same frame again and decided I was going to try and make it myself. I could make it whatever size I wanted and add as many hooks as my little heart desired! So, I did just that. I marched my happy little self down to Home Depot and found the same wood we used to make our barn door, which is new wood, but it is stained to look like old barn wood. It’s super cool looking!…especially if you don’t have access to an old barn with spare wood…and most of us don’t!
Naturally I wanted to share this with you because I was super happy with the way it turned out! It has solved my organization problems and I love that I can see what I have at a glance. I find myself wearing jewelry more often now that I don’t have to dig and untangle. And, it looks pretty hanging there!
Wood of your choice. I used the grey, distressed, barnwood looking boards found at Home Depot.
**Home Depot and Lowes will cut your boards for you for FREE! Make sure you have your dimensions with you when you purchase the board. I had all of my boards cut to 22″ each, so my frame ended up being 22″x29″ overall.
Mending plates 2″ (8)
Cup hooks (I used 11 hooks in antique brass)
Wire mesh hardware cloth 1/2″, 19 gauge (found in the garden section)
Picture hanging brackets
Rubber drawer stoppers (not pictured)
Drill or screwdriver
Position your boards on your work surface, to make sure they line up and decide which side of the boards you want to be the front. When the boards are cut, sometimes they splinter, so be sure and take note of which side you want to see and which side should be the back. Then flip them over so the back side of the boards is facing up.
Screw the mending plates into each board to hold the pieces together. You could also use wood glue to connect the pieces, but I just used the mending plates.
I am recommending that you use 2 plates per corner. I used only one, but my boards weren’t totally flat when I flipped them over. That problem would have been prevented if I would have used two plates! So, do as I say, not as I do 😉
Measure your wire mesh to ensure it is large enough to cover the entire frame opening plus a couple of extra inches on each side. Using the wire cutters, cut the mesh to size. Be very careful because the cut wire is extremely sharp, so you could wear protective gloves if you are worried about your hands getting cut.
After the mesh is cut, staple one side of the mesh to the back side of the frame. Take note of the grid pattern and try to get it as even as possible. Mine was straight on the sides, but the top and bottom were not lined up straight. This bothered me initially, but once I got the earrings on the frame, I really didn’t notice it anymore. So, just try to get it as even as possible.
**Also, as a side note, I had originally planned to spray paint the mesh black. I had the paint all ready to go, and then completely spaced it and forgot until the mesh was already stapled onto the frame! #mombrain I mean seriously…sometimes I wonder how I get through the day.
Take note of any sharp metal ends that may be poking outward and try to bend them with your pliers. You don’t want them to scratch you or your wall! If you have some that you can’t bend, you could always put a little bit of hot glue on the ends.
Decide which part of your frame will be the top and measure where you want the picture hanging brackets to go. I used 2 so the frame would not wobble back and forth when I took the jewelry on and off of it. They hammer in pretty easily…I ended up “hammering” them in with the back of the drill because I was too lazy to walk out to the garage and get the hammer. Yep, lazy.
Add a couple of rubber drawer stoppers to the bottom of the frame. This will help the frame stick out from the wall slightly so you don’t poke your earrings into the sheetrock!
Now flip your frame over so the front side is facing up. Decide how many hooks you want and where you want them to be. I originally thought I just wanted them along the bottom of the frame, but my longer necklaces were hanging down too long, so I ended up adding 2 on each side of the frame later.
Measure and mark where you want the hooks, then screw them in with your fingers. I also thought I wanted 2 rows of hooks, but after I got the first row screwed in, I decided to forgo the 2nd row.
When it’s all finished, you will probably want to paint the edges where they were cut. I mixed a little bit of brown and grey paint that I happened to have on hand. I added some water to make it more of a stain consistency, then dabbed it on with a paintbrush.
And, that’s it!
Now, marvel in the fact that YOU just built this awesome jewelry organizing frame and it looks amazing! Nice work! These would make great gifts! And if you like the look of this frame, but don’t want to make your own, there’s always this one that I used as my inspiration! The frame is best for the hook style of earring. I still use the jewelry armoire for my studs and hoops.
Let me know if you make one. I would love to see your finished product!
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