DIY Jewelry Organizer

DIY Jewelry Organizer |

I had a bit of a melt down on Sunday as I was getting ready for church.  Not an all out crying fit but there was a lot of exasperated sounds, knuckle biting and mild cursing going on inside of my head.  Why?  Because I was looking for the other half of a particular pair of earrings.
And this… THIS… is my “jewelry box.”

DIY Jewelry Organizer |

Yes,  just take a moment to take it all in.
Since I usually just wear the same silver hoops (that are kept in a separate place, by the way) this usually is not a problem.  But I was finally wanting to branch out and I was my own worst enemy.  What grown woman keeps her jewelry like that?  Granted, aside from my wedding ring, I don’t own a single piece of jewelry over $16 but still.
So I decided that THIS was the week I would make myself some kind of a jewelry organizer for my closet.  I had seen these fun decorative metal sheets at Hobby Lobby that I thought would do the trick.  I thought I was pretty clever too.  So imagine my dismay when I got to Hobby Lobby and on the packaging for it was the very “jewelry organizer idea” I had been thinking of!  What the heck??  So did I really make this up?  Or had I seen that idea on the packaging and then it bounced around in my head long enough that I started to think it was an original idea?  Who knows, but I was ticked.  I was also desperate enough after my Sunday incident (I never did find the other earring, by the way, and reverted to my normal silver hoops. ::sigh::) that I just decided to make “my idea” anyway.  I do think mine turned out pretty awesome so I’m glad I persevered.  :)
If you’d like to make one here is what you’ll need:
DIY Jewelry Organizer |
  • Decorative metal sheets (from Hobby Lobby)
  • a picture frame (I happened to find a 12×24 frame at HL too but these metal sheets can easily be cut to any size)
  • decorative knobs or hooks
  • primer & paint
  • glazier points
I had big plans of just using some left over turquoise spray paint I have but I needed some primer so I headed over to Lowe’s to pick some up.  I was literally stopped in my tracks when I saw this little jar of Pantone’s Emerald paint.  Isn’t it unbelievably gorgeous?  I think this is Pantone’s “Color of the Year” and I must say they are spot on.  So I bought it right then and there and now want to paint everything in my house with it.  Or at the very least drink it.
STEP ONE: Prime & paint your picture frame, if you want.  I totally wanted.  Delish.
 STEP TWO:  Cut metal sheet to size (if necessary).  Turn frame over and fit metal sheet inside frame.  Using the glazier points, secure metal sheet in place around edges.  Using a flat head screwdriver and hammer as pictured below, tap the glazier points into place securely.  It’s best if you put the frame up against a wall so it doesn’t go anywhere when you are hammering.  I used about 5 points on the long sides and 3 on the short.
STEP THREE:  Using a drill,  drill desired number of holes along one of the long sides of the frame.  I decided on 5.  Tip:  start with a small drill bit to keep the wood from splitting.  I then used the exact size drill bit size that I needed so I could then just twist my decorative knobs into place without needing to secure them on the back with a nut.

And there you go!
A jewelry organizer that is as pretty as a piece of jewelry itself!  I am thinking this might make a pretty terrific Christmas present for someone too, don’t you think?
Here it is in full use here in my super ug closet (that I’m hoping to completely re-do sometime here in the near future)!
I gotta say that I absolutely love it and it’s making me want to actually wear jewelry more!  Maybe my problem before was that I just couldn’t even see what my options were?
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic week!
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  1. says

    I’m so excited! I need one! How much do you think the whole thing cost you? Here’s another idea – a magnetic board for makeup? I’ve been wanting to glue magnets to the back of my makeup stuff so I can put them all on a thing and see them all the time. I hate digging in my makeup bin. Thoughts?

  2. says

    One of the best organizers I’ve seem. Love the color you chose. Paint the backing gold and you’ve got my favorite color combo. I am making this! I would LOVE for you to share this at “That’s My Style” Link Party going on TODAY on my blog. Not comfortable sharing? Stop by anyway for beauty related post and fun DIY projects. I hope to see you there! :)

    Karla @

  3. says

    Oh now this is something I am LOVING!! you go girlfriend! I love the color to!! I am definitely going to make one of these for my daughter!!!



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