Any collector of chandelier earrings knows that the struggle is real. The same goes for hoops and studs. There is no pair of earrings on this planet that doesn’t like to get tangled or lost.
So, today we’ll tackle this problem. I know it’s easy to buy something, but what’s the fun in that? Here are 3 DIY earring holder ideas that you can make today.
Wall Earring Holder
Frame organizers are great because you can turn your accessories into room decorations. And if you have a large collection of ornate chandelier earrings, why not show it off with pride?
You can make this project with a pre-bought or a recycled frame of any size, or you can make a frame from scratch. However, avoid those flat laser-cut frames since they don’t give us enough space and dimension.
You will need:
- The frame or timber and supplies to make a frame
- Lace or regular ribbon
- Bonding super glue or a stapler
- Masking tape
- Optional: paint and other decorations
- If you are making a frame from scratch, start by doing that. Make sure that it’s at least a third of an inch thick.
- If working with a second-hand or a recycled frame, take stock of its condition. So any repairs necessary and paint it if you wish.
- Cut strips of lace so they are just a quarter of an inch shorter than the overall width of the frame. You can use regular ribbon too, but you will have to poke a few holes through it. If you have a soldering iron on hand, pick a synthetic ribbon and use the iron to make those holes.
- Attach the ribbons or lace strips by gluing or stapling to the frame. If using glue. apply pressure by laying the frame right side up, covering it with a towel, and laying another frame or book on top. Leave the weight on for an hour or two, then set it aside to cure for 24 hours.
- Cover the edges of the lace/ribbon with masking tape. This step is optional but highly recommended. It will protect that part of the ribbon from chafing against the wall.
- Arrange your earring on your new wall earring holder.
Desk Earring Holder
Are you the type of person that never throws away those little plastic bits earrings come with? Very smart, you’re going to feel even smarter when you make this minimalistic earring holder.
You will need:
- Some timber. Use anything you like, from plywood to driftwood, as long as it’s about an inch thick. Plus, more for a stand
- A circular saw
- Sander or sandpaper
- Wood bonding glue
- Optional: wood varnish or paint
- Pick the size of the holder. Plan on having one inch between the grooves and one inch between the grooves and the edges.
- The legs should hold the stand at a 45-degree angle. You can use one square piece of timber that’s leftover from another project and cut it in half diagonally.
- Cut the timber to the desired size. Make a pass with the sander to smooth the surface and the edges.
- Set the blade depth to the lowest setting possible (ideally, a quarter of an inch). Cut the grooves.
- Take a piece of sandpaper and smooth down any raggedy edges left after cutting the grooves.
- Use bonding wood glue to attach the stand to the holder. You can use regular super glue as long as it’s wood friendly. Apply pressure with clamps and leave for at least an hour. Leave to cure for 24 hours.
- Complete by painting or varnishing. If you want to keep that raw wood look, season the holder with the same type of oil you would use on your cutting boards.
- Bend the bottom of the card a little and arrange your earrings on your new earring holder.
Travel Earring Holder
Not going to lie, this one is my favorite! It’s super easy to put together and a great way to recycle that file folder that you never use. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can make the cover from scratch as well.
You will need:
- A Filofax or a regular file folder. Notebook or old book hardcovers will work as well
- Stiff felt sheets
- An awl or another sharp and pointy tool
- Glue, studs, or a hole puncher
Method 1 – Filofax:
- Cut the felt sheets to fit the Filofax you’re using. Each one is named after the appropriate paper format, so you can look it up online and see what dimension you’ll need.
- Use a hole puncher to punch holes on one side of the felt. If the Filofax came with paper, use those holes to help you mark where to punch.
- Take your earrings and arrange them on the felt. Mark where you will need to punch holes for ear wires and posts to go through. Punch those holes with an awl.
- Place the felt into the Filofax and fill it with earrings.
Method 2 – Book or Notebook Cover:
- Open the cover and measure the width and the height. Cut the felt so it’s a quarter of an inch shorter and half an inch narrower.
- Attach the middle of the felt to the middle of the cover with glue or with rivets. If gluing, work sheet by sheet, but attach all at once if using rivets.
- Arrange the earrings on each sheet and mark where to punch holes for ear wires and posts. Punch those holes with an awl or another pointy tool.
- Fill the organizer with earrings.
- Optional: make one or two elastic loops and glue them to the back of the book (to keep it closed when traveling).
Hang it to Anything Earring Holder
DIY Earring Holder in just eleven easy steps. This project is perfect for anyone who loves crafts, and it can be customized to fit your own unique style. Let’s get started!
To make a DIY Earring Holder, you will need the following supplies:
- A piece of wood or cardboard (approximately 12″x12″)
- A ruler or tape measure
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step One: Decide on the shape of your earring holder. You can go with a simple square or rectangle, or get creative and choose a fun shape like a heart or star.
Step Two: Draw out your chosen shape on the piece of wood or cardboard using a pencil. Be sure to use a ruler or tape measure to ensure that everything is accurate.
Step Three: Cut out the shape using scissors.
Step Four: Turn the piece of cardboard over so that the back is facing up.
Step Five: Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step Six: Glue the earrings to the holder using the hot glue gun. Be sure to place them close together so that they don’t fall off.
Step Seven: Let the glue cool and dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step Eight: Decorate your earring holder however you like! You can paint it, use glitter or stickers, or anything else you can think of.
Step Nine: Let the paint or other decorations dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step Ten: Hang your new DIY Earring Holder on a wall or door knob where you can easily access it.
Step Eleven: Enjoy your new crafty creation!
DIY Earring Holder Ideas from Around the Web
If you don’t like the ideas above, here are a few from around the internet.
- Here’s a quick tutorial from Chica Circle on making stud holders. Find a lovely box or tin and cut them to size – a perfect solution for anyone with a lot of stud earrings and body jewelry.
- Want to turn your closet door into a jewelry haven? Oh, The Things We’ll Make! will show you how.
- Have some wire hanging around? This is another spin on the frame organizer idea by Little Red Window.
I’m a stay at home mom with our two kids. I really enjoy doing crafts with my kids however, that is typically a challenge with how limited their attention span can be and how messy it gets. So, I’m always looking for ways to make crafting an enjoyable experience and creating fond memory for all of us.