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How to make a free standing earring holder out of (mostly) household items. This thing really looks great on my dresser, plus it keeps my dangly earrings out of the jumble that is the bottom tray of my jewelry box. Oh, and it makes a great caddy for your hair accessories!

I would also like to give a shout out to aznliu since her dangly / chandelier earring holder project was sort of the spring board for mine.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

a picture frame without the glass
(Note: in order for this to work, the insert for the glass must be smaller than the insert for the back of the picture frame. This allows for about a 1/4 inch gap between the front and the back )
scissors
marker
pencil/pen
thick super glue
glue stick or double sided tape
a photo or printed paper
small piece of wire mesh/ screen (from hardware store)

Step 2: Installing the mesh

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(Note: if you planned on painting your frame, go ahead and do that first, then do this step while you're waiting for the paint to dry)

Using the cardboard insert that came with your frame as a template, lay it on the mesh and trace around it with a marker. Cut it out with scissors and make sure it fits inside the front of the frame where the glass used to be. Remove the mesh, then apply super glue all the way around the smallest edge inside of the frame and place the mesh over it. Using something other than your finger :) press the edges of the mesh into the super glue. (Oh, placing some paper underneath the frame to catch drips may not be a bad idea.)
 
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beadydani5 years ago
What an absolutely fab idea, I am so, so, going to make this. My earrings are all over the place, I can hardly find the right pairs at times. Thank you, thank you so much for sharing this.
beaddiva5 years ago
Thank you so much for this idea! I have a jewelry/craft show coming up and I was banging my head trying to figure out what to do that would cost less money for me.
aznliu5 years ago
i love your creative take on this! nice job!
This has to be the easiest version I have yet seen of creating a wire mesh earring holder. Sometimes simple is best. Congratulations and thanks.
Very Keri (author)  islander_circe5 years ago
Hehe, thanks!
SandraM46 years ago
Hi! I just bought a jewelry holder for my daughter. I wish I had seen your idea before. But I can use it as a gift for my daughter's friends or teachers. I can find cheap wire mesh all around the city where I live because the mexican largest steel factory is here! Great idea!
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cerealchan6 years ago
I really love this idea, and I was going to make this for an earring obsessed friend this weekend, but I can't seem to locate that cheap $3 wire mesh you found =/ The only thing I found at Home Depot was those kitchen ventilators, and they're $20, and then I have to cut out the frame and unravel and blahblahblah..

Do you mind mentioning what the name of it is exactly, or alternatives of where to get it besides a hardware store?
Very Keri (author)  cerealchan6 years ago
ok, here's the problem with that... I live in Japan (military), so I bought that particular mesh in a Japanese hardware store. I have seen it in the states, I just can't remember what it's called. They sell it in huge rolls in the states. Did you try the window screen stuff? We used to have some silver colored screen on our windows, which was strong enough to keep my cat from clawing holes in it. My cousin made one of these out of some kind of mesh, but I have no clue where she got it. If all else fails, you can try going to the craft store and grabbing some of that plastic mesh that Aznliu used for her instructable. I don't know how well a photo would show through the back, though. I would keep an eye out for something suitable in a craft store.
Thanks for the great idea! I saw an earring holder like this for $45. This is definitely a more economical option and with more room for personalization :D
Very Keri (author)  ttnguyen04046 years ago
I'm glad you like it! This thing litterally cost me 3 dollars for the wire mesh. I had everything else. I'm thinking Christmas gifts, honestly.
Tintan6 years ago
This is pretty - I'm thinking this idea would also look cool with an image of a leafless tree and branches, and then place the earrings, so that they look like they are growing from the branches! This site is very inspiring!
Very Keri (author)  Tintan6 years ago
I LOVE that idea! and yes, this site is wonderful!