Saturday, May 25, 2013

Earring Display and Storage

I have a jewelry problem.  I will readily admit that.  But I love to  feel fancy and wearing great, and usually sparkly jewelry is a good thing for me.  Lately I feel like I wear the same few earrings.  I have tons of pairs - but they are all in a jewelry box and I never have time to sort through them in the morning.  After browsing on pinterest - I saw a bunch of these frames filled with screen to hang earrings on...but EVERY blog I read talked about just how much screen they had to buy to get enough for a frame.  Apparently it comes in a GIANT roll of it at Lowes and I really dont have time or space for that!

Soooo, I started thinking, and looking around...and I remembered plastic canvas!  This was a less-than-$10 do it yourself project.
  • $3.48 for a 3pack of 14x18 sheets of plastic canvas
  • $4.99 inexpensive frame from Tuesday Morning (I bought two.   I really overestimated how much space I would need!)  
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks (be sure to use the high heat kind)
  • ribbon to hang it with
  • scissors
  • sharpie

First - remove all the insides from your frame:  Glass, backing and the mat.

Second - use the backing to measure and mark the size of your plastic canvas.  I made a mark just outside of where I needed to cut.  You want your plastic canvas to be exactly the same size as the backing so it will fit perfectly inside the little ledge.

Third - cut very carefully along the row you marked.  Don't leave any little "nubbins" sticking out.

Fourth - very carefully use the hot glue gun to put a VERY generous line of glue on the inside ledge.  Press the canvas into the ledge so the glue comes up through the holes.  I did a corner first, then worked my way around in about 4 inch sections.   

Fifth, after you have the canvas glued down all the way around, bend down the little tabs (that are used to hold the glass and backing in place) so they won't scratch your wall.   Then add another generous row of hot glue along the top to seal the canvas securely in place.

Finally, loop your length of ribbon and tie with a double knot in the end.  Slide the folded end into the frame hanger and then through the end that is tied.  Trim off any excess.

Hang your earrings and enjoy! I do need to get some more backs.  In addition to what you see here I have 5 more pairs of stud earrings to hang up!  

  I hope this will cause me to wear more of my earrings.

I still need some way to hang up my hoops - but I don't know what that might be.... I'll let you know what I figure out! 


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  3. I have a solution for hanging hoops!

    I am going to use a couple old aluminum window screens (cleaned) to hang my earrings. I'm attaching binder clips, which I'll tie to a hanger so I can hang them on a hook on the back of a closet door.

    I had the same dilemma: how to hang my hoop & clasp earrings? I couldn't get either wires through the screen. The answer: I bent one end of a small paper clip, threaded it through the screen, then bent it back to secure the paper clip. Now it's easy to attach a wire hoop or clasp earring to the loop on the paper clip, which dangles in the front of the screen.

    Hope this helps! : )