Thursday, May 24, 2018

DIY Jewelry Organizer - How to Build Your Own

I needed a new way to hold my jewelry. I wanted a pretty display that would be functional as well. I decided to make my own.

I envisioned the front of the display to be little windows for holding earrings that, when opened, would reveal more storage space for necklaces. It turned out even better than I hoped.

Aside from the screen and hinges, I was able to make this completely from supplies and scraps that I already had. I love projects like that!

DIY Jewelry Organizer - How to Build your own


This jewelry holder project has been in my head for quite a while. I actually started it last fall. Then winter hit and I didn't want to be out in the cold garage to finish it. Once it warmed up, I finally completed it.

I still have yet to fill it up, but I added enough jewelry pieces to show the versatility. Hang earrings through the openings in the screen. Open the "windows" to reveal necklaces.

{NOTE: I just created some EASY earring displays for my girls with some of the leftover screen.}

How to make a necklace and earring organizer

DIY Jewelry Organizer - How to Build Your Own




Materials Needed and Cut List for Jewelry Display:

You should be able to find most of these items at your local hardware store. However, I had a hard time finding metal screen. For your convenience, I am sharing affiliate links to Amazon for some of the supplies needed. I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase something.

5) 3/4" square dowels - cut into 4) 14 1/2" pieces, 6) 9" pieces, and 6) 6 1/8" pieces
1) 1" X 3" X 8' - cut into 2) 14 1/2" pieces and 2) 22 3/4" pieces
1) 1" X 4"  - cut into 1) 24" piece
1) 1/4" plywood backing - cut into a 22 3/4" X 16 1/8" piece
4) 1" hinges
Cup hooks
2) pieces screen - cut to 10 1/2" X 14 1/2"
2) wood knobs
Stain - I used early american by minwax
Lacquer or clear coat
Finish nails
Wood Glue
Staples

Note about cut list: The above cut measurements are approximate. I find it best to measure and cut as I go. For example, I would cut the pieces for the windows, assemble them, and then use their finished measurements to determine the exact measurements for the frame. Differences can occur in wood products and assembly - measurements can be off slightly, so it's best to measure YOUR project to determine exact measurements.

Be sure to sand each piece before assembly.

Tools Needed for Jewelry Holder:

Miter saw
Sander / Sandpaper
Drill with pilot hole bit
Finish Nailgun
Router (optional for base)
Tin Snips
Staple Gun
Screwdriver (or use drill with a phillips head bit)

How to Build your Jewelry Organizer




From a 3/4" square dowel, cut:
4 pieces 14 1/2 inches long
6 pieces 9 inches long
Sand pieces and then glue and nail the frame. Then measure where the center is. Glue and nail the center piece.



Now it's time to add the cross pieces. Measure and then cut 4 pieces. Mine were 6 1/8". Sand and nail them in place.

Using a 1X3, cut:
2 pieces 14 1/2 inches long
2 pieces 22 3/4 inches long

These are approximate - measure your "window frames" to get an exact measurement for your jewelry stand.


 Do a dry fit before gluing and nailing frame in place. Remove windows and sand pieces before securing frame.


For the back of the jewelry stand, cut a piece of 1/4" plywood or other backing to 22 3/4" X 16 1/8"

**Measure your stand and adjust measurements as needed**

For the base of the stand, cut a 24 inch piece from a 1 X 4.  I sanded, then rounded the top edge a bit with a router.

This is the point where you want to stain your pieces. Somehow, I forgot to get a picture of the staining process. Probably, because this was the point where I left it in the garage all winter and didn't finish putting it together until spring.

For the stain, I used Early American stain by Minwax. It's my go-to stain.

Once the stain has dried, apply two coats of lacquer, letting dry after each coat.


Now to add the screen. I searched all my local hardware stores and could not find metal screening. So off to Amazon it was. This was the screen I used, and it worked perfectly.

I cut a piece to fit and stapled it onto the window frame. I used tin snips to cut the screen.

 There's some screen left and I have another jewelry stand idea for my little girls earrings.


Now to put it all together.


Measuring 3 inches from the top and bottom of the frame, add the hinges. I marked where the holes were, then drilled small pilot holes for the screws. To keep the window frame from falling I stuck a few 2 X 4 scraps under them to hold them up as I screwed on the hinges.


All the hinges added. Now let's add some hooks for hanging necklaces.



Turn the stand upside down. Mark every two inches, and drill pilot holes. Then screw in the cup hooks.

Next attach the back, and the base with finish nails.

Add the knobs - I laid the frame flat and glued the knobs on, letting dry completely before standing upright.


Add your favorite earrings to display on your new jewelry organizer!

Don't forget to pin it!


Want another jewelry display idea? Check out my latest post - Easy DIY Earring Display



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