A great craft idea for your home décor or as a homemade gift
An easy and simple project, this picture frame earring holder is sure to make a statement in your bedroom or dressing room. This space saving frame designed just for your room décor from simple recycled material will not only accent your room, but will act as a display case for those favorite earrings. Whether showcasing your favorite jewelry or looking to organize that pile of jewelry, an earring holder like this will put a smile on your face.
An easy craft to make and stunning results, this one that you must try for your self. You'll love it so much you will be looking for friends to make them for!
A beautiful accent - unpainted and without any fabric backing, I made hooks from paper clips to hang necklaces on.
What you need:
Wire mesh/Window screen (Find it: at a hardware store, a thrift store, or off a broken screen laying around)
Heavy duty stapler
Hot glue gun (heavy duty ones work better than small craft ones)
Needle nosed pliers or knife (to remove to remove any staples or nails in picture frame)
Picture hanging kit (if the frame doesn't already have hardware on it)
Paint and paintbrush
Old rags, newspapers, a cloth or towel
An empty toilet paper roll
Spice Up the Backing!
Get creative and use items other than wire mesh or window screens!
- chicken wire
- mesh bags from apples, onions or potatoes
- string several wires across in a straight line...
Step #1 - Find a cheap all wood picture frame.
Ones without glass are optimal because they are very well priced. Here is my $2.50 picture frame - I've already taken the picture out that was nailed in it using needle nosed pliers.
A light sanding ensures that the new coat of paint sticks well, avoiding any chipping from dropping or bumping your frame during use!
Step #2 - Lightly sand the picture frame.
I usually use 150 grit sandpaper.
If you will not be repainting the frame, or are feeling a little lazy, skip this step.
Step #3 - Wipe down frame with water.
Even if you're not painting it, you want a nice fresh and clean piece.
Let it dry thoroughly.
Step #4 - Prop your frame up off your work surface
Cover your work area with newspaper and prop up your frame - I just cut a toilet paper tube and place the circles under each corner. Having it propped off the table ensures you can get one coat of paint on the entire frame all at once without having to move it (which saves you time in the long run!).
Step #5 - Paint the frame.
Two coats of paint should cover it - be sure the paint drys completely between each coat. The higher the quality of paint (like Benjamin Moore), the less coats needed, and the faster it dries.
Step #6 - Staple or glue screen onto frame
Place a cloth or towel on your work surface before flipping your frame over onto it to prevent any scratches on your new paint.
I prefer staples as this lets the screen stay nice and tight, and is a lot easier. However, if the wood on your frame isn't thick enough, the staples will go through the wood on the other side. In this case it is best to use a hot glue gun.
You want to fasten it right in the crease of the frame where the glass would have lain in. Don't cut the screen yet. Lay it over your frame to get an idea. Start at the top in the middle with one staple and work your way out. Then pull the screen down to the bottom, pull tight and start from the middle again. Do the same at the sides, always keeping it tight.
With a Hot Glue Gun
Start the same - at the top of the frame, fastening it at the middle with a bead of glue. You will have to work quickly, placing a line of glue in the crease, pulling the screen tight, and then using a butter knife or screwdriver, pressing the screen into the crease.
Quickness and a very hot glue gun are the key to this method. It may take a few tries. Remember to clean your knife of any dried on glue every time, and let the glue dry well before starting the bottom and sides of the frame.
I have also tried another technique for this. Holding my thumb and forfinger several inches apart as they hold the screen into place, I place a line of hot on top of the screen between those fingers, working in segments. This has given it a neater finish.
Get creative - here are some more screen ideas for your earring holder:
Decorative Metal Backings!
A Radiator Cover Cut to Size
Jen from iheartorganizing found the cutest backing for her picture frame earring holder! She is full of creative ideas on all kinds of things, so be sure to check it out!
Find one yourself on the Amazon links above!
Step #7 - Cut off any excess screen
Cut it as close to the frame as you can and glue any ripples to the side.
Step #8 - Glue a backing of material onto your frame
Use the same method as the screen, however this goes flat on the back of the frame. Loosly cut out a portion of your material, leaving extra room to work with. Position material onto frame, secure at the top with a bead of glue in the middle and work your way out. Once dry, pull tight the bottom and do the same. Continue onto the sides.
Step #9 - Trim off excess material
Use scissors to trim off excess material, or you can try an exacto knife and metal ruler for a neater edge.
Optional: Use masking tape for a neater back if your edges are really rough.
Step #10 - Final product!
Here is your beautiful earring holder!
Is this picture frame a project you think you will try someday?
Update your garden with this easy DIY moss planter and fill it with your favourite flowers!
A gift custom made to match a friends bedroom decor.
The Best and Easiest Screwdriver for Any Household Project - My right-hand man...
Another Jewelry Display Idea
One of my favourite bloggers has another unique way to display jewlery!
At My Repurposed Life, you are guaranteed to find inspiration to upcycle or build a new project!
What do you think? - Leave me a note! You do not have to be a member to leave a comment.
anonymous on October 18, 2012:
@anonymous: How do stud earrings stay in since there is a fabric backing on the frame?
Debbie Hawkins (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 10, 2012:
@Rem Lily: You won't be disappointed if you do! It's so much fun to have a quick and affordable project to admire!
Rem Lily on July 06, 2012:
This is a wonderful idea! I make jewellery and have been looking for a way to display the earrings that doesn't cost the earth. I'll be going to look for some nice frames at the weekend I think. Thanks :).
starfairy lm on June 17, 2012:
I would sure love to try this out :)
MindPowerProofs1 on March 24, 2012:
Great idea. I have never thought of it. Thanks
anonymous on January 11, 2012:
thanks for the idea. my 3 yr old and i will be doing a craft in the very near future. she just got her ears pierced and already has a ton of ear rings (some from when mama was little).
klaird on January 04, 2012:
Great step by step instructions for a really neat and useful craft idea. I've featured your lens on my "50 Craft Ideas for Adults" page. Great job!
coatstand1 on December 15, 2011:
good idea of coat stand, thanks.
JJNW from USA on April 21, 2011:
* Blessed by the Craft Ideas SquidAngel * Great instructions and photos! I love the personal touch!
purpleslug on April 01, 2011:
Great idea! I sell earrings so this is a great idea for displaying them. Thanks!
LakeMom on February 05, 2011:
Great instructions! Thanks for the info!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on February 03, 2011:
Awesome idea and instructions! Love all of the tutorial photos!
anonymous on December 09, 2010:
I love love love this ... I have spent all day searching the internet for something like this to buy and now I can make my own!!!
RoundMountainPo on November 29, 2010:
Thank You, Your inspired me! I make earrings and have never had a good way to display them. I actually did not make a display like you did but found a neat piece of welded wire in the barn which I hung on the wall. I may make one like you show soon. Thank You
MoonandMagic on November 26, 2010:
This is great, I especially like the idea of using lace!!
SquidooFanatic on September 07, 2010:
I like this lens and plan to put it into action for my ever growing earing collection. **blessings**
jimk4 on August 13, 2010:
What a great lens. This is so creative! I "LIKED" it. Come stop by some of my lenses and spread the love!
Whichever ones look interesting to you! Thanks a lot!!
anonymous on July 16, 2010:
What about...using hand knit fabric instead of the screen?
Sara Duggan from California on June 06, 2010:
Fabulous Tutorial - Love this idea and would think that the handmade jewelers out there will adore this for shows this season.
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on June 05, 2010:
Interesting Project. Congratulations on your Purple Star!
Joan4 on June 05, 2010:
Congratulations on your purple star! these frames would make great Christmas gifts - esp with a new pair of earrings attached!
semas on June 04, 2010:
A very interesting idea! well explained!5*
congrats on the purple star!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 04, 2010:
Congratulations on the purple star! I was fortunate enough to be able to choose the purple star recipients this week. You can read more comments about why your fabulous lens was chosen on my Quest lens here: http://www.squidoo.com/20-worthy-lenses
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 04, 2010:
This is beautifully presented and I love the craft itself. Makes me want to get started right away! Great job!
Mickie Gee on June 02, 2010:
Wonderful idea. Must find time to make this project.
myraggededge on May 23, 2010:
Great step-by-step for a practical and pretty item. Now you need a frame to hang your Angel blessing :-)
RinchenChodron on May 23, 2010:
Great photos - easy to follow directions. Even I could do this! Well done.
justholidays on May 23, 2010:
Excellent idea and definitely a great page!
justholidays on May 23, 2010:
Excellent idea and definitely a great page!
anonymous on December 11, 2009:
The best part about this project is that you can use different frame style to fit any décor....sleek for modern, aged for shabby chic, etc. I plan to make 3 different sizes to group together for an interesting display.
anonymous on November 29, 2009:
@only1bub: Thanks for this idea. Going to try it with my granddaughter and appreciate the idea of not putting a backing on so you can put the plugs on the earrings easier to hold them in place.
Debbie Hawkins (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 06, 2009:
[in reply to Angel 101] I believe they call it a fiberglass screen - like this one in the picture. I've also heard of people using chicken fence wire. I find that some of my heavier earrings can fall out, so I just make sure I push that rubber stopper far onto the earring so that it doesn't obstruct the full "hanging ability"...
anonymous on October 28, 2009:
What kind of screen do you need to use? I chose a vinyl screen Most of my earrings fell off of the screen b/c of their weight.
Debbie Hawkins (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 01, 2009:
[in reply to c] I'm SO glad you liked them and that they proved helpful! I personally like the one without fabric backing the best so far - matches anything! I've had a few more friends request these for gifts as well. If you've made one, be sure to send me a link to a photo! :)
anonymous on September 01, 2009:
thanks! i saw the idea at a friend's house and wanted to make sure that my method would work. your suggestions helped a lot, and i'm a HUGE fan of your pictures illustrating the steps. i made two (without the fabric backing), in no time!
anonymous on July 05, 2009:
im a jr in college and just moved in to my 1st apartment so im short on cash and space and this is EXACTLY what i was looking for !! thanks so much!
Robin S from USA on May 27, 2009:
Hi. I'm Squidoo.'s Gaint Mentor. You've done a wonderful job here. I wanted to make sure you are aware of our Giant Squid Lensmaster program.
You can learn more about it here. http://www.squidoo.com/giantsquidmentor
Debbie Hawkins (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 13, 2009:
[in reply to Jimmie] lol I never noticed the glue gun before - it does look well used! Thanks so much for your blessing and visit! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on May 13, 2009:
I hereby bless this lens.
A GREAT tutorial for a simple yet practical project. I love how your glue gun is all raggedy -- it proves you're a TRUE crafter!
enslavedbyfaeries on April 26, 2009:
This is a brilliant idea. I love it!!