It wasn't until this summer when I was in Saint John, at a cute little craft/jewellery market and I saw one of the ladies selling her earrings off a kitchen tray with a drawer liner instead of the actual tray part. It was so cute! Anyway, I kind of had an idea for what I wanted to make for the longest time, but I didn't know what to use as a backing (I'm thinking that this will make more sense once I post pictures). Everything I had read online said to use chicken wire, but I thought that was ridiculous! The holes are huuuuge!! How does that make any sense?!
Anyway I finally figured out a cheap organizer for earrings and necklaces. It's a two part thing but only cost me $5 for the necklace organizer, and about $15 for the earring organizer. I definitely didn't put much time into frame shopping, but you can definitely find a cheap frame somewhere (Salvation Army?) to use instead.
● Drawer liner
- Take the frame, and place on drawer liner to measure size of liner. Since I taped the liner to the mat that was provided with my frame, I made the liner about an inch wider than the hole in the mat, on each side. If you are stapling or gluing the liner to the frame, then I would suggest only leaving about half an inch extra on each side.
- Attach the liner to the inside of the frame. Make sure you hide the edges so that they aren't sticking out.
- Hang/prop up the frame. You can either hang the frame to the wall (I did this to save space in my room, I don't have that much table top space, and this is definitely a big space saver for me.. my earrings used to take up a good half of my dresser top!), or you can also put it on a stand and display it proudly that way too. If you prop it up, then you can also use the organizer for studs. Right now my studs are in a box on my dresser, but they take up a lot less space than if all my hanging earrings were there too.
- Attach rail to wall, and hang hooks Um, that's it. Seriously. It's so simple. My initial idea was to put this on top of my frame to create a curtain effect, but I decided against this to avoid clutter. But seriously, this is so simple and you can hang all sorts of things off the hooks, and the rail. I currently have purses hanging neck to my necklaces right now.
I have this set up in my apartment in Kingston, and I might just have to get one up in my home in Ottawa too! I am so proud of this creation, and I will definitely be showing it off to all my friends who visit me!
Here's the final product: