Keeping all your jewelry in one place can sometimes lead to a great big mess. For example, jewelry boxes (as cute as they are) always lead to tangled up necklaces and missing earrings. However, it's super easy to dump the box and make your own DIY jewelry organizer.
The first solution to the jewelry mess comes straight out of the fantastic DIY book, Dorm Decor. This charming jewelry chandelier (pictured above) is a great way to keep all your earrings together and it is super easy to make!
> Gardening gloves (for protection)
> 22" x 12" poultry wire (for 7"- diameter column) or 32" x 12" (for a 9"- diameter column)
> Wire cutters
> 1 can white spray paint (or any other color)
> Newspaper or plastic bags
> 1 yard 1/2" - wide ribbon in any color
> Two velcro squares
> (optional) 10 craft birds with wire hooks
1. You may need to purchase the poultry wire in a package (not custom cut to size). Wearing gloves, make sure to cut along the seam line so stray wires are not exposed.
2. Join the 22" ends of the poultry wire together to form a cylinder. Interlace the wire ends through the loops on the other end to secure it closed.
3. In a ventilated area (preferably outside) and over newspaper or plastic, spray the cylinder with paint according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply two coats for even coverage.
4. Cut the ribbon in half and cut each velcro square in half.
5. Loop one ribbon through the wire at one point at the top. Use half a Velcro square on the end of the ribbon to close the loop. Determine the length you want the chandelier to hang and snip any extra ribbon. Directly across the top, loop the other end of the ribbon and use the other half of the Velcro square to close up the ribbon (this way you can hang it on a closet pole or remove the ribbon to set the chandelier on a dresser). Repeat for the other ribbon and Velcro square across the top.
6. (optional) Attach the craft birds with hooks on the chandelier as desired.
7. Hang the chandelier from a window hook, above your dresser, or in your closet. Hang your jewelry on it, anyway you like.
The second organization idea comes from my very own dressing room. My solution was to make a jewelry board that neatly displays all my necklaces and bracelets and also prevents them from becoming a tangled up mess.
All you need is:
> An inexpensive framed bulletin board. Any size will work.
> Any fabric of your choosing.
> Box of push pins
> Old buttons
> Glue Gun
> Box of silver tacks
> Spray paint in any color
> Newspaper or plastic bags
1. Take the framed bulletin board, spray paint, and newspaper or bags into a ventilated area. Spray the frame of the board with the paint over the newspaper or plastic to prevent creating a mess. Use a couple coats of paint to achieve the desired finish for the frame. Let dry.
2. Measure the board and add an inch to the measurement for each side. Take that number and cut out the matching amount of fabric. Iron your fabric to make sure that it will not crease or wrinkle once attached to the board.
3. Lay the fabric on top of the board. Take the silver tacks and pin the fabric to the board along the edges on the inside of the frame. Take a small pin or stick and push the leftover fabric into the crease between the board and frame, so that the frayed edges of the fabric cannot be seen. This will create and neat, finished look.
4. Take the box of push pins and old buttons. Using the glue gun, glue the buttons into the flat ends of the push pins. These cute button pins are what you will use to pin your jewelry onto the board.
5. Now it is time to hang your board. You can either hang the board using the hook that comes on the back or be like me, and attach two screw hooks to the top of the frame and hang the board from ribbon. Either way you choose, the board will looks super cute. If your residence hall doesn't allow nailing things into the walls, you can always lean the jewelry board up on on a table against the wall.
6. Hang your jewelry anyway you like.
There you have it. Two super cute, effective DIY projects to help organize your jewelry and (as an added bonus) it takes the minimum amount of work and effort for the maximum amount of rewards! If you have tried one of these projects and/or have successfully created your own way of organizing/ storing your jewelry, I would love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on this post!