I needed a quick and easy solution to get my ever growing earring collection under control and up on the wall where's I can sees 'em! I didn't even remember I had all these earrings! They've been hidden in jewelry boxes, the boxes they came in, in a travel jewelry case I found that I never emptied after a trip! Obviously, I'm in need of a little organization, but until I can buy one of these suckers (we need a new dresser first) this was my solution using things I just had around the house.
What you'll need:
- Some embroidery hoops of various sizes
- lace or other open weave fabric
- craft or fabric glue
- fabric stiffening spray- I used a brand called "stiffen stuff" from a craft store
Place the fabric in the embroidery hoops where you'd like it and pull taught. I spent some time deciding how I wanted the designs to lay inside the hoop...
Once they're how you'd like them and pulled tight on all sides, spray the fabric thoroughly with the stiffening spray and let dry (this stuff took about an hour.)
Once dry, the fabric should feel more stiff like a window screen- this step is the trick to making these easy to get your earrings in and out of and keeping them tight through the years.
Cut the fabric around the hoops with a 1/4" or so border- as you can see, it really doesn't have to be neat. Place glue all around the inside edge and fold the fabric down tight- craft glue worked great on the wood hoop and I used a stronger fabric-specific glue on the plastic hoops.
And once the glue dries, you're in business! Add earrings, bang some nails in the wall and you're done. Easy peasy pretty organization.
I need to make one more big hoop to hold my BIG earrings (yes, I still have more!) but these have been working out pretty darn well so far. And I've been wearing earrings more often because of them too!
Now, what to do about all my necklaces... how do you ladies keep your jewelry organized?