Earrings are my favorite accessory (I’m guaranteed to have mudflap earlobes when I’m old #yolo) and for the longest time they were just in a big heap in a plastic bin on my dresser. Not very chic, and certainly not very organized; to find a pair, I had to sort through lumps of hooked-together earrings, and even managed to break a couple in the process.
In the past I made a earring holder by drilling holes in a clear picture frame, but this works best for studs, and since I am striving for Dumbo-sized geriatric earlobes I go for big chandeliers. I came up with the idea of using an old picture frame a while ago, and was just waiting for the right frame.
I saw this at Salvation Army (which really is my biggest source of Salvation) and knew it would be perfect for the DIY. It had an easily removable back (in fact in came without any back at all), a very cool shape, and was just the right size – and for four dollars! What a titillating find.
Here’s how I transformed this non-functional picture frame into one of my favorite DIYs yet:
-Picture frame: when picking a frame, think about size, shape, and material. How many earrings will you need to fit? What kind of style are you looking for? I liked the wooden frame because I could hammer the nails into place – if you use a metal frame, you always use glue!
-Wire (20 gauge works well)
-Needle nose pliers
-Small, short nails (or glue)
-Paints for decoration
How to do it:
I found the easiest way to hang the wire using the hammer-and-nail method was to first make a wire loop with your pliers. Then slide the nail through the loop and hammer into place. It was much easier to do this then to hammer in the nail, then try to loop the wire around it.
When placing your wire, think about the length of your earrings. Looking back, I should have accounted for my larger earrings and placed the bottom wire higher so they could fit in the frame. The wire should be fairly taught but having a bit of a curve to it gives a nice shape.
Finally, I painted mine with some Indian-inspired pointillism designs in white and gold. I loved the color of the wood and didn’t want to paint the whole thing.
Tip: When I first hung my earrings I noticed that they would slide down towards the middle of the wire. To fix this, I used a hot glue gun to add little beads along the wire. This way the earrings didn’t slide around and each pair had their own little spot 🙂
And there you have it! It’s really a very simple DIY; what takes the longest is finding the frame that you like best – but there is never a shortage of picture frames at any of the thrift stores I visit, so just keep an eye out and you will surely find something 🙂