Introduction: Homemade Earring Organizer

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This homemade earring organizer is creative, fun, and easy!
If you or someone you know loves to wear earrings, but can never find the matching set, then this is the perfect solution! Hang it on the wall or set it on top of your dresser, this earring rack will ensure that you will never misplace your favorite pair again!


Make an earring rack out of an old picture frame and material from the ragbag.

What you'll need:
-scissors
-painters tape or duck tape (stronger than scotch tape)
-stapler (optional: see Frame B)
-material (scrap from rag-bag)
-old picture frame (without the glass)
-cardboard (most picture frames come with these- if not, cut to fit inside of frame)
-earrings (chandelier/ dangling earrings only)

**Before you begin**
There are hundreds of different picture frames. Those that work best for this project are large and have a backing that is easily removable- or simply do not have a backing at all.
In this demo, I use two different picture frames to make the earring rack in order to show how it is possible to modify these instructions to the materials available to you.
Steps 1- 7 show picture frame A
Steps 8- 16 show picture frame B



This project is easily adaptable.
You may substitute a screen backing for the cardboard one used in this demo (which would provide faster and easier earring hanging/ removal); however, to do so requires more time and different tools. Do not try unless you are an INVESTED crafter, who can work out the kinks on your own.
With that said, the cardboard backing works wonderfully and is the simplest tool for this project. 
Good luck and have fun!

Step 1: Picture Frame a Materials

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This example uses a picture frame with an easily removable backing.

*I use the original cardboard that the frame came with, but you can easily cut your own to fit the inside of the frame.
*The purpose of the cardboard is to have something solid to wrap the material around. However, the cardboard is the best tool for this job because the earrings can puncture the cardboard without harm to the earrings (the normal downward motion used when inserting the earring through the material may cause this to happen).

Step 2: Picture Frame A

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Cut material to fit around cardboard. Leave 1-2 inches around the sides.

Step 3: Picture Frame A

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With the material upside down (front facing the table, back facing you), place the cardboard in the center. Fold the bottom of the material up onto the cardboard and tape.

*repeat (folding and taping), for the remaining three sides.



Step 4: Picture Frame A

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On the table in front of you, lay out the picture frame, the backing, and the covered cardboard upside down (front facing away from you, back facing you).

Step 5: Picture Frame A

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Feed the covered cardboard into the frame.

Step 6: Picture Frame A

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Feed the backing into the frame. 

Step 7: Picture Frame A

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Arrange the earrings!

Step 8: Picture Frame B Materials

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This example uses a picture frame that did not have a backing, but the frame itself had metal clamps that are used to hold the cardboard in place.

*The first and second steps are the same; however, since this frame did not come with a backing, I made one out of some of the extra material. 
*For this demo, you will need to use the stapler mentioned in the intro to connect the cloth backing to the cardboard.

Step 9: Picture Frame B

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Cut material to fit around cardboard. Leave 1-2 inches around the sides.

Step 10: Picture Frame B

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With the material upside down (front facing the table, back facing you), place the cardboard in the center. Fold the bottom of the material up onto the cardboard and tape.

*repeat (folding and taping), for the remaining three sides.

Step 11: Picture Frame B

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Cut a square, about the same size as the cardboard, from the extra material. This will be used as a backing for the covered cardboard (in order to hide the tape).

*you may use any material. 

Step 12: Picture Frame B

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Staple the backing to the covered cardboard so that the backing hides the tape.

*Staple as close as possible to the edge of the cardboard. You want to secure the backing to hide the tape, but you DO NOT want the staples to be seen once the cardboard has been placed in the picture frame. This may take a trial and error process, but the staples should be easy to remove from the cardboard if you find that you do need to do a little rearranging. 

Step 13: Picture Frame B

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On the table in front of you, lay out the picture frame and the covered cardboard upside down (front facing away from you, back facing you).

Step 14: Picture Frame B

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Place the covered cardboard in the frame.

Step 15: Picture Frame B

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Pinch closed the metal clamps along the frame to secure the cardboard.

Step 16: Picture Frame B

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Arrange the earrings!

Comments

RandomPurple (author)2014-06-12

loved this! tried it out and got what I wanted no more cluttered earrings. yay thank you

aquiles-areizaga (author)2014-02-27

I've done this before for my daughter. Instead of taping the material, I used spray glue. It sticks well and also dries fast.
Thanks for sharing!

neilh (author)2012-12-12

Nice! May try this or a version of it as a present. What if you folded the fabric in pleats, laid flat so you had natural fabric "Hooks" to hang each pair of earrings on? that might work too

praise_song (author)2012-02-12

Great instructable! The possibilities are endless. I, like Aubrazilla, tend to throw my earrings "every which way" into a large-sized jewelry box. Sure, they're all in one place, but hard to disentangle, sometimes. Thanks for the great idea!

Aubrazilla (author)2011-09-05

God bless you! I just jumble my earrings every which way. Now my only problem is: stud earrings!

ReadsInTrees (author)2010-11-10

Ah, I made one of these last year, but I used window screen that I got from Home Depot. I just cut it to fit the inside of the frame, and glued it in place.

eileenng (author)2010-10-29

Excellent How-to. Thanks for sharing.
Ei Leen, owner of http:/www.birdcharm.com

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