I’ve been using the same jewelry box for years! It’s pretty, but my earrings hang from the top and they are cramped and always fall out when I try to reach for a pair towards the back. I’ve wanted to use a better earring storage method for years, but jewelry holders can be expensive and also look like a pain to make. This easy DIY earring holder uses a picture frame and a piece of craft metal. It is super simple to make. Like, super simple, y’all. In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a gorgeous and functional way to display your earrings!
Easy DIY Earring Holder
Here’s what I love about this earring holder: everything! It was really easy to make. You can customize this to match your bathroom (or closet, or room, or wherever you will have it on display). You can buy everything you need to make it at your local craft store or on Amazon. It’s likely that you even have some of the items you need around the house (I bet you have paint and an empy picture frame!).
This earring holder is 12″ x 12″. You can make this any size you’d like, as long as you can find a picture frame and a piece of craft metal to work. I wanted lots of room because as you can see here, I have lots of big earrings!
DIY Earring Holder Ideas
Here are a few notes before we jump into this (super, super, super easy) craft.
You can use any paints you’d like! I had lots of little bottles of white acrylic craft paint around the house so I went with those. Originally my plan was to spray paint the metal gold and make the frame white. I decided I wanted white on white instead (partially because I have lots of gold earrings and I thought it would be more fun to see the colors pop on a white background, where they wouldn’t blend in so much). You can make your earring holder monochrome, like I did here, or use different colors.
While I handpainted it using acrylic paint and a sponge brush, spray paint would work just as well (probably even better!).
Alternately, you could find a frame you love just as it is and not need to paint it at all. This would save on time and paint costs.
With the exact products I used, the craft cost me $30. You could do this for much less using a frame you already have or getting your metal on sale!
I popped the metal sheet directly into the frame. You might want to use hot glue around the border of the metal sheet to secure it more tightly to the frame.
If you need to cut down your metal sheet to fit your frame, you’ll need something to cut through the metal, like wire cutters or tin snips. I’m not kidding when I say I like to keep it simple, so I’m all about finding things I can put together without a lot of extra work! Also, I do want to put in a good word for the 12×12 size I made here…if your space will allow it, it really is nice to have the room for all those earrings!
OK – let’s get started!
- Paintbrush (I used a sponge paintbrush)
- Glue Gun (optional, if you want to glue the metal into the frame for extra security)
- Remove the glass and backing from the picture frame. If you are using the same picture frame that I've shared here, the glass is actually plastic. I let my 8-year-old turn it into "stained glass" so it wouldn't go to waste!
- Paint the frame the color of your choice. Let it dry thoroughly between coats of paint. Do the same with the metal sheet.
- Once completely dry, secure the metal sheet in the frame using the clips from the frame. If you are going to add hot glue, add a strip along the frame before adding the metal sheet. Press down until dry, then secure with the clips.
I set the frame up on my counter next to my jewelry box. If you'd like to hang from your wall, you'll need to affix it using a saw tooth picture hanger or some Command strips.
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