Do It Yourself (DIY): Earring Frames

9 Jun

Besides the fact that I color-code my closet (OCD much?), I have no organizational skills to date. I’m that girl. That girl who always tries really hard at the beginning of the school year to stay on top of things by buying Post-Its in all the various neon colors, 3 different calendars, and multi-colored notebooks for each class. Sadly (and obviously), this never works out.

These organizational shortcomings extend to a particularly tricky section of my room: Jewelry. How on earth are you supposed to keep track of such tiny little earrings and separate necklaces so they stay untangled? I’m sure a lot of you can relate.

One of the better ideas that I’ve seen out in cyberspace and in my friends’ rooms is the Earring Frame. The Earring Frame helps you organize and display all of your earrings, dangly or studs, in a pretty (and potentially color-coded!) manner.

If you Google “earring frame”, here are a few of the examples of styles that pop up:

All these Earring Frames are made of are:

— a Wooden Frame

— Chicken Wire (or Lace)

— Ribbon

Hopefully, you have a better understanding now for what the Earring Frame is and how you can use it.

The best part is…you can DO IT YOURSELF!!

Like I said before, the only materials you need for this mini-project are:

  • a Wood Frame — either the plain type from a craft store (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby) or a more decorative, actual picture frame
    — Benefit of a plain wood frame: you can paint it any color you want!
  • Chicken Wire (or Lace) — chicken wire can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot, and lace can be bought by the yard at a fabric store
  • Ribbon — also found in Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or a fabric specialty store
  • Flat Head Tacks (look like shallow nails) or Staples — ex: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Walmart
  • Hammer or Staple Gun — ex: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Walmart

The project is pretty self explanatory. But here are a few helpful details:

1. DECORATE FRAME: If you are using a plain wood frame, paint the frame how you choose. Acrylic paint works well on wood and comes in tons of colors. For better results, use Mod Podge as a finish to put on after the paint dries; you can paint it on in either Matte or Glossy…I like Glossy. Then wait for the paint to dry. Take out the glass and skip to Step 2 if you are using a regular picture frame.

Example of Acrylic Paint

Types of Mod Podge: Glossy and Matte

2. CUT WIRE: Turn over the frame. Use scissors or a knife to cut a square (or rectangular, circular…) piece of the chicken wire or lace out to fit the size of the hole in the back of the frame. You will want to leave about 1/2 – 1 inch of overhang on all sides of the frame for the tacks/staples to have room.

Chicken Wire or Screen Wire


3. ADD WIRE: Position wire/lace tightly over the hole. Use hammer or staple gun to secure the wire/lace flush against the frame. It doesn’t matter if it looks messy, it’s the back. Just make sure it’s a relatively even tightness all around. This will help make sure the earrings hang well. Flip the frame to the front to make sure it’s the way you want it. You can even use a pair of earrings to hang and see how it looks. If it is saggy, don’t be shy — use more tacks or  staples.

Back of Earring Frame with Staples

4. ADD RIBBON: Now that the basic frame is done, all you need to add is the ribbon to hang it by! Choose colors and designs that go with your room or add a quirky accent. You can use as many ribbons as you want and twist them, braid them, just let them hang…the choices are limitless. Other ideas to hang frames by: scarves, rope, bead strings or fabric. Turn the frame to the back again and secure your ribbon with the tacks/staples. Tip: It’s best of the ribbon is relatively long so the frame is easy to pull away from the wall and hook earrings through wire.

5. CLEAN UP EDGES: If the jagged edges of the wire on the back bothers you or could potentially scratch your walls, use some extra ribbon to create a border directly over the wire and smooth the edges. Just use 2 staples or tacks for each of the 4 pieces of ribbon.

6. HANG! Use nails, tacks, or the types of hooks that college dorms require for a clean removal (what are those called?!?) and hang the frame by the ribbon. Now add your earrings and VOILA!!

Check out some of the Earring Frames I have made in the past!!

Besides being able to use them to decorate your own room, Earring Frames make great birthday and holiday gift ideas that are customizable and come with a personal touch to that special someone — or whoever. So go have fun making your Earring Frames! If any of you get the urge…send me some of your pictures of finished products.

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4 Responses to “Do It Yourself (DIY): Earring Frames”

  1. CINDY HOLMES June 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Love it Claire! Great job. Can you organize boys’ rooms?

    • funkybear June 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

      Boys’ categories are the next frontier…I need to keep working on gathering girls’ ideas first. Thanks for reading it…I’m so glad you like it! Tell your friends 🙂

      • Blair June 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

        Recognize those two on the bottom…my 22nd is coming up soon.


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