I wanted something simple yet pretty that could easily hold earrings and necklaces. This project takes about an hour, and can be customized in dozens of ways. The way I've done it is very basic.
Plus, you might just have all the materials around your house! Hooray!
(And thanks to Jace for taking pretty late night finished product pictures for me!)
Step 1: What you need:
- a large piece of cardboard, single ply
- a utility knife with a new blade
- a quilting ruler or something similar
- a cutting mat or a thicker piece of cardboard to cut on
- some scrap cotton fabric - I used an unbleached muslin
- a pen for marking
- scissors for cutting fabric
- Fabri-tac glue or something similar - anything that dries fast and can bond paper and fabric!
Step 2: Cut your box and cut out the main frame.
You need a large, flat, non creased piece of cardboard for this, so go for the middle of the box. You can cut so that the "ribbing" is horizontal or vertical in the piece. I did both ways and found horizontal to be much easier to work with!
Figure out which side you like the most, and then place that side facing down. You'll be marking and cutting on the ugly side!
Cut out a piece that's 13 inches wide and 17 inches high.
Step 3: Cut the inner frame flap.
You're going to cut the two sides and bottom of this - leave the top lines intact. This will act as a hinge!
After this is done, cut 1/8 inch away from the surrounding cardboard on the three sides. This way, the cardboard won't be rubbing together and can be easily lifted out to retrieve earrings with backs!