My jewelry box is a mess.
My dangle earrings get tangled, up with my bracelets. My necklaces have merged together into one massive avant garde jewelry piece. I can never find the pieces I want when I want them or make pairs for my earrings. It's awful.
It's so awful I don't even use my jewelry box anymore. It just sits there on my dresser looking pretty (on the outside). As a result I have lost or misplaced most of my jewelry because instead of putting it away I leave it in the medicine cabinet, or on top of my dresser, or on my desk. My jewelry is homeless.
When I was in college, despite the fact that every three months I had to move, I NEVER lost any of my jewelry and I didn't even have a jewelry box! How could this be??? I had a nifty little "S" (for Sam) jewelry organizer from Claire's that I could hang anywhere I wanted in my dorm room. The "S" had a grid panel to hook earrings and pins. Then underneath were a bunch of tiny little hooks where I could hand my bracelets and necklaces. It worked perfectly.
Then when I graduated I wanted something more "sophisticated" because, you know, I was like a "grown-up" now or something--so I tossed my "S" jewelry organizer and opted for a jewelry box.
Now that I'm moving to someplace that my little family is finally ready to lay some roots in I want to do things differently. No more jewelry box tangle monsters, no more orphan earrings, I want organization, I want order--I want to wear earrings again without sitting and crying for 5 minutes because I can't find the ones I want (my husband would really appreciate that last one too haha).
So, here is my journey to find the perfect jewelry organizer(s) and instructions on how you can make your very own! Many of these ideas are interchangeable and can easily be customized and adjusted according to the materials you'd like to use or have available to you. So be creative and design something perfect for you!
Here are some other ways you can use wire hangers to make a jewelry organizer.
- Wrap wire around a bent wire hanger shape to create bars to hang earrings and necklaces from.
- Attach safety pins to wire hanger and hook necklaces, bracelets, and even earrings on to them.
- Bend a wire shape, trace on felt fabric or some other material, cut out shape and hot glue on to hanger.
- Glue rows of lace on to wire hanger shapes.
Wire Hanger Jewelry Organizer
This method is very similar to how I make my wire hanger fairy wings. It works best for people with lots of earrings and pins.
- Wire Hanger
- Unwanted pair of stockings
- Duct Tape or rubber band
- Hot Glue Gun
- Pliers (for bending or just use your hands)
- (optional) Ribbons
- (optional) Paper Clips
- (optional) Paint and Glitter
- Bend your wire hanger into the shape you want, or leave it in its hanger shape, but making it another shape will give you more space to hang jewelry. Try to decide the shape you want before bending so your hanger doesn't get all lumpy from re-bending.
- Cut leg of stocking off and pull over hanger, bringing it to the hook. Adjust lumps if needed.
- Secure stocking at base of hook with tape or rubber band. Cut off excess stocking, leaving just a little extra, then hot glue the extra part over the tape or rubber band to hide it.
- Wrap and hot glue excess stocking or ribbon around the hook if you desire.
- Hook paper clips at the bottom of the piece and bend into hooks if desired.
- Leave as is or embellish with paint, ribbons, and decorations.
Cardboard Gift Box Jewelry Stand
I had a couple of cute little gift boxes my mom handed off to me. I don't make many things that could fit in the little boxes, so they've been sitting around. I've seen quite a few jewelry organizers that use compartments to keep things organized, so I put together this cute organizer.
- Hot Glue
Box Using Paper Template
Paper Jewelry Organizer
You can create a compartment jewelry box or organizer by folding origami or folded paper boxes and using those exactly as the gift boxes above were used.
The nice thing about this is you can make your paper boxes any size you need them to be and decorate them exactly as you want them to look; either by buying paper in a print you want, drawing a design you want, or printing designs you want.
Check out my Hub on Free Printable Templates to find box templates to use if you don't want to do origami. I also have a very simple box template up there that you may edit to create the size and dimensions you need.
Cover boxes in diamond glaze when pieced together to give it a glossy finish and make it more durable.
Picture Frame Jewelry Organizer
If you've been looking for new ways to organize your jewelry, you've no doubt come across the many variations of the large picture frame on the wall with pins, wire bars, or lace fabric to hang jewelry from.
I didn't have a large picture frame to use (nor a reason to hang anything on the wall, since I'm moving), but I did have a small picture frame my husband and I received as a gift for our wedding and never added a picture to (we've yet to print ANY pictures).
So here's my take on the picture frame organizer.
- Picture frame
- Cardboard or cork board
- Hot glue
- Knitted fabric
- Push pins
Paper Towel Roll Jewelry Stand
I was so excited to try out this paper towel roll stand that I was saving rolls before I even decided to make this Hub...
Then when I sat down to actually work on it I discovered my husband threw them all away! Argh! One of the most frustrating things about using recycled materials is that everyone thinks it's trash until you've finished putting it together.
Anyway, I thought this was such a neat project I had to share it, so here's a great video tutorial on how to put it together.
Crocheted Jewelry Portable Organizer
Here is a pattern for a travel jewelry organizer that you can carry around with you. If you're more of a knitter or prefer sewing, I'm sure you can knit or sew one as well. You just need to create the compartments and make sure everything is even so it folds nicely.
This is an extremely simple design that can be embellished or changed any way you want. You can also alter the pockets and extra parts according to your preference. If you have many necklaces, you may want to include more necklace loops. If you have more earrings or bracelets you'll probably want more pockets. If you don't wear rings there is no reason to include a ring strap. if you're concerned about the safety of your pieces use zippers to secure buttons instead of buttons. If you're not so worried that things will fall out, skip the buttons and side flaps.
My design is really just a guide to help you create your perfect customized piece.
Hook US H8/5.00mm
Yarn 4 Medium
1. HDC in second chain from the hook, finish row, Ch1 and turn. (30)
2 - 13. HDC in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn. (30)
14. HDC in each stitch across, ch 2 and turn. (30)
You've finished the first panel, it won't be seen at all when the pouch is closed. You can change colours if you want for the second panel or just continue.
If it helps you decide if you want to change the colour or not, the second panel will be seen in the front of the closed organizer and the panel the large flap buttons to.
15. DC in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn. (30)
16 - 29. HDC in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn. (30)
30. HDC in each stitch across, ch 2 and turn. (30)
31. DC in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn. (30)
You've finished the second panel, now to move on to the third.
The third panel will be seen in the back and will be where the side flaps button to. So decide if you want to change the colour or not.
32 - 45. HDC in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn. (30)
46. HDC in each stitch across (30)
That is the third panel. Ch 2 and turn to continue working on the big flap, or fasten off and switch colours if desired.
1. DC in each stitch across, ch 1 and turn. (30)
2 - 4. HDC in each stitch across, ch1 and turn. (30)
5. HDC-2-TOG, HDC 26, HDC-2-TOG, ch1 and turn. (28)
6. HDC-2-TOG, HDC 24, HDC-2-TOG, ch 1 and turn. (26)
7. SC 12, ch 2 and skip next two stitches, SC 12, ch1 and turn (24) (this is to create a buttonhole)
8. HDC-2-TOG, HDC-2-TOG, HDC 18, HDC-2-TOG, HDC-2-TOG, ch1 and turn (22)
9. HDC-2-TOG, HDC 18, HDC-2-TOG, ch 1 and turn. (20)
10. HDC across and fasten off.
Sew one button on the back of the second panel for the big flap to fasten to.
1. Start at base of first DC row in the second panel and DC 16 down the side, ending at the base of the second DC row. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
2 - 3. HDC down the row. Ch 1 and turn. (16)
4. SC 7 stitches, ch 2, skip next two stitches, SC 7 stitches, turn. (14) (This creates a buttonhole skip this step if you are not using buttons.)
5. HDC down row, turn. (15)
6. HDC down turn, turn and fasten off. (14)
Repeat on other side.
Sew two buttons on the back of the third panel for the side flaps to button into.
Weave in ends and add a border if you desire.
If you have small pieces that you are scared might snap on the crocheted material or slip through it, like little stud earrings, it might be better to make pockets out of fabric instead.
Felt fabric is really easy to work with and goes well with crocheted pieces (I use it a lot to add details to my crocheted hats).
To make pockets I cut my pockets out double the size, then folded them in half and sewed the pockets sides down. Then I sewed the pockets on to the piece.
I sewed the pockets facing inwardly to make sure nothing slips out the sides (even though there are already side flaps to prevent that from happening).
I decided not to add buttons because I think the pockets will be safe enough without them, but you can add buttons, snaps, zippers, or whatever else you like. You can also decorate and embellish your pockets to make them really pretty. You could even label your pockets so you know what goes where. Since this was just an experimental prototype/demo I just kept things simple.
Crocheting pockets on is another way to add pockets if you want to. I crocheted directly on to my piece and crocheted a panel that was a little shorter than the panel it was attached to.
Then I sewed down the sides and created compartments by stitch where I wanted the pockets to be divided.
Again I positioned my pockets inward to keep stuff safe. I also did not add buttons again, but you can do whatever you want.
You can fasten your necklaces to these loops to keep them from getting tangled. Again you can either use fabric, or crochet them on.
To sew them on I cut little slips of fabric then stitched the loops on to the sides of the panel.
For my crocheted loops I just chained 10 stitches on to the panel, slip stitched, fastened off, and weaved in my ends.
If you have necklaces that don't fasten you can use velcro strips or buttons to enable your tabs to open. Or you can sew the center of a ribbon down to the panel with the tails out, so you can tie the necklaces in. Be creative. :)
You can slide rings or anything circular on to this. It can be a fabric band but in this case, I crocheted a band.
Here's the pattern I used:
1. SC in second loop from the hook and finish row, Ch1 and turn. (26)
2. SC across, ch 1 and turn. (26)
3. SC 2, ch 2, SC the rest of the row, ch 1 and turn. (24) (This is the buttonhole)
4. SC across, fasten off and weave in ends. (26)
Sew the end of the button on to the panel and sew on a button.
Design and customize your portable organizer however you like! You can add designs, decorations, straps, and who knows what else! As I was working on this I realized the design could be altered to make a cute purse or wallet too, so have fun experimenting and altering the pattern to create new things!
If there is anything you have a question about please let me know in the comments.
Fabric Bin Jewelry Box
When I came across this tutorial for DIY Fabric Storage Bins, I knew I wanted to do something similar for this Hub. Unfortunately, due to the craziness of moving this project will have to wait until I'm all settled in my new home. However, I did come across a very nice video tutorial on how to make fabric storage boxes which I posted to the right.
I think the video was done so well the only thing I'd want to add is how to make compartments to keep things sorted and organized.
So here's a quicky tutorial on how you can make compartments for any box of any size (or shape if you want to try it out!). This is actually how my mom stores her Christmas ornaments, so this can serve many different purposes.