Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DIY Jewelry Organization


Organization is a struggle for me, but I've just completed a small project that's going to make a big difference.  I organized my jewelry.



Let me be more specific:  I organized my necklaces.  I don't have problems with small things like rings and earrings.  They fit neatly in my jewelry box.  But my necklaces were a mess--they were lying in a drawer, all tangled up with one another, and I'd swear that they were becoming more tangled as they lay there!  Once I finally got them all separated, I vowed to do something to keep them disentangled.

This was a very inexpensive and easy project.  All I bought were two 20" x 30" foam core boards.  Mine are inexpensive boards made by Elmer's; I paid less than $4.00 each for them.  I used two just to make the whole thing a little sturdier.


I found a piece of fabric in my stash large enough to cover the board, and I simply wrapped it like a present, securing it in back with a staple gun.  The staple gun worked like a charm on the foam core board!


I knew that I wanted to hang my board on the wall, so I wanted it to be extra sturdy.  To that end, I cut off six inches of spare wooden yardstick and glued it to the top of the back of the board with E-6000 adhesive.


Then with the same E-6000 adhesive, I glued on pop tops from soda cans onto the yard stick to serve as hangers.  


Then I flipped the board over and added push pins in a neat row across the top.  I just used clear plastic push pins that I already owned.  I figured the jewelry would make the board beautiful, so why bother with buying pretty push pins?


Hanging the board was easy.  I measured the distance between the two hangers, then drove two nails into the wall that distance apart.  I used a yardstick and level to make sure my two nails were lined up correctly.  One nail is attached to a stud.  The other is just attached to the drywall, but it seems quite sturdy.  If I have any trouble, I'll re-do it using a drywall anchor.

My jewelry board is hanging in my long, narrow walk-in closet, which is unfortunately a bad place for taking photos, but you get the idea:




Not a tangle in the bunch!  Bonus: since I can now see my necklaces, I'm wearing them more often.  It's a win-win-win.

Do you have your jewelry organized?  Any tips to share?

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9 comments:

kristinwithani said...

I love this! I'm trying to figure out a way to organize my necklaces. I have so many pretty ones long forgotten at the bottom of a drawer.

Elizabeth Day said...

What a neat and inexpensive idea!

The Pennington Point said...

It's so simple! Thanks for sharing. Lisa~

Debby Ray said...

Great idea! I actually had this same problem...the trouble is, I have WAY too many but somehow fail to get rid of them :( Your lovely idea would hold the ones I wear regularly but not all (I really need to do something about that) so a while back, I bought an over-the-door double hook and hung longs one one hook and shorter ones on the other. It works fine but yours is prettier :)

Erin said...

What a wonderful idea! I'll have to do this. Now, do you have any ideas how to keep an 8 year old girl from playing with Mommy's neat necklaces?!

Cheryl said...

What an amazing way to organize these! Very, very creative and so inexpensive. Even I could probably figure this one out. LOL! Thanks for sharing. Love, Cheryl

Marsha Ward said...

Love this, easy, cute and inexpensive=perfect! I have my long ones hanging on a "coat hanger" thingy...a long board with wooden pegs sticking out, painted white! Most people use them to hang coats, but I really needed something for hats, so I hung it half behind my bedroom door and the other half comes out from behind the door, the hidden pegs hold all my different hats, and the last 2 hold my long necklaces! And, as someone said earlier, I have a tall 4 yr old that loves my dresser bc of all the pretty shiney things, but he can't reach the necklaces bc he's not tall enough...yet!! Lol! I have a struggle w ear rings!! I use a reg jewelry box for hoops & studs, but dangling ones are tough, my fav holder is an antique cheese grader, but the problem is, it only holds so many, and I already have 2 on my dresser :\ Bracelets I put on a wooden mug holder stand thing w the pegs to hold the mugs, except I painted it a light pastely green, and its perfect for all dif size bracelets!! It's just ear rings I'm having a problem finding something cute, rustic, girly to use!! If u know of any ideas, I'd love to see!!! Thanks for ur post!!

Marsha Ward said...

Love this, easy, cute and inexpensive=perfect! I have my long ones hanging on a "coat hanger" thingy...a long board with wooden pegs sticking out, painted white! Most people use them to hang coats, but I really needed something for hats, so I hung it half behind my bedroom door and the other half comes out from behind the door, the hidden pegs hold all my different hats, and the last 2 hold my long necklaces! And, as someone said earlier, I have a tall 4 yr old that loves my dresser bc of all the pretty shiney things, but he can't reach the necklaces bc he's not tall enough...yet!! Lol! I have a struggle w ear rings!! I use a reg jewelry box for hoops & studs, but dangling ones are tough, my fav holder is an antique cheese grader, but the problem is, it only holds so many, and I already have 2 on my dresser :\ Bracelets I put on a wooden mug holder stand thing w the pegs to hold the mugs, except I painted it a light pastely green, and its perfect for all dif size bracelets!! It's just ear rings I'm having a problem finding something cute, rustic, girly to use!! If u know of any ideas, I'd love to see!!! Thanks for ur post!!

Doomsday said...

Curious to know - is the foam sturdy enough to keep the push pins in place with heavier necklaces? It's hard to gauge how heavy the things in your picture are and I haven't worked with foam boards before.

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