Free Standing Earring Holder





Introduction: Free Standing Earring Holder

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

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 )
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

(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.)

Step 3: Finishing Up

To make the back of your frame pretty, grab the back piece of your frame (the part with the stand on it) and use that as a template to cut out a photo, or in this case, some fancy scrapbooking paper. (do not use an original photo! Make a copy, this way when the backs of your earrings make tiny little scratches on your photo, you won't cry) All you have to do here is grab the glue stick and try not to wrinkle the paper while you're sticking it to the back of the frame.

That's it! Just reassemble your frame, set it on your dresser and add your dangly earrings! ( I guess you can hang it on your wall too, but then it wouldn't be free standing :P )



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    11 Discussions

    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.

    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.

    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.

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    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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    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

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    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.

    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!

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