DIY jewelry holder
What girl doesn’t love earrings!?!? If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with them, and I needed a way to organize them BADLY! So, I came across this idea from a friend and decided it would make the perfect gift for friends and family. The best part? It’s pretty darn cheap. In fact, you can decide how big you want to make it and that will dictate the price. For this HUGE one {yep it’s 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide}, the supplies cost less than $20.00, but if you want to make a smaller version, your cost would go down significantly. 

Supplies list: To make this project, you need:
Pegboard from Home Depot. Have them cut it for you if you need it cut a certain size. I knew I wanted to make several of these bad boys, so I bought a huge 4X8 foot sheet. But, they sell peg boards in all sizes at most hardware stores. Tell the Home Depot folks to be precise.

Molding to go around the outside of the peg board. You can choose whatever molding you want, but just know that some are more expensive than others. So, this can affect the overall price of your project.

Two 1X2s to go on the back of the board. This helps bring the board away from the wall so that your earrings will hang nicely.

Wood glue

Paint {use some that you have on hand to save $$) You don’t need much.

Mounting Hardware

And about 100 pairs of earrings. Ha! I thought I had a lot of earrings, but I obviously need to buy a BUNCH more to fill up my earring holder now. Oh, darn! {wink, wink}

Tools needed:
Miter saw

and Brad nailer with two sizes of nails

For my instructions, I am going to assume that you are making an earring holder that is exactly the same size as mine {24” wide and 48” tall}, if you adjust the size of your board, obviously my measurements will do you no good.

Step1: Start off by cutting your 1X2s. You need 2 that are 24 inches wide with 45 degree angles and two that are 48 inches wide with 45 degree angles. Your longer measurement should be on the outside your boards. See the illustration to see what I mean.
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miter saw miter saw setting miter saw 2

Step 2: Put wood glue on your cut 1X2s and nail them into the peg board. Nail from the front of the peg board. Be sure to measure your brad nails to make sure they aren’t too long. We used 5/8 inch nails. You don’t want them to stick out the other side of your boards.
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Step 3: After you have your 1X2s installed around the back of your peg board, cut your molding using the same measurements as the guide above. You need two pieces of molding that measure 24 inches long and two pieces that measure 48 inches long. 
Tips: Make sure that you keep the molding turned the correct way when you cut your 45 degree angles. Most the time moldings are different on the top and the bottom and I learned this the hard way. I ruined a board because I wasn’t paying attention.
Also, when you are measuring your boards, make sure you are precise. If your boards don’t line up with the one next to it, cut off a blade width of molding at a time until it fits snugly.
Step 4: After you have gotten your molding to fit with the board next to it, douse it with wood glue and nail it to the top of the peg board. We changed out our 5/8 inch nails to 1 1/4 inch nails to make sure they would go through the peg board and into the 1X2s.
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I nailed the molding on an angle to secure it tightly.
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Step 5: Fill in all holes and 45 degree angles with nail hole filler. Fill it in each hole and wipe it off so that the surface is smooth again.
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Step 6: After your holes are filled and dry, you are ready for paint! I had this Krylon Jade spray paint on hand so that’s what I used. It only took one can to paint the entire project. You can use paint on hand though if you want to save some $$.
Step 7: After the paint dries, install the hanging hardware to the back of your earring holder. We measured down two inches and installed the top screw of our D ring hooks on our mark. That way the hardware will be even and hang the project straight.
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Optional: If you are like me, you have a bunch of stud earrings that won’t fit in the pegboard part of the earring holder. Just thread a ribbon through the pegboard holes and tie a tight knot in the back. It will hold it snuggly so you can put studs through the ribbon. You can also buy hardware to hang necklaces and bracelets on. This hardware is very inexpensive at the hardware store.
Step 8. Load your earrings onto your earring holder!! As I was looking for all my earrings to hang up on this holder, I was cracking up at our disorganized life. I had to gather earrings from the car, the junk drawer, the bathroom, the kitchen…etc. How embarrassing! I’m so thrilled to have one place to hang all of my earrings that I think I deserve to buy a few more pairs. How’s that for justification!?!
 jewelry holder How to organize jewelry How to make a jewelry holder
Although the instructions may look lengthy, I can tell you that this project was EASY. I made it all by myself without much help from the hubs. I had a few questions here and there, but once I made the first one, it took me less than 20 minutes to make the second one.
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I think this is a great gift for family and friends. Heck I would have died of excitement had someone showed up with this on my doorstep!
DIY jewelry holderI hope you like it!!

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  1. says

    Great idea…I am going to make one for my daughter for Christmas. One question…what did you do for studs. She has a lot of them so I was wondering what your idea was to keep those organized. Thank you

  2. Brooke @ says

    Maloney Fam, If you look close, there is a ribbon at the bottom that holds all the studs. You just thread the ribbon through the holes and tie a knot in the back. :)

  3. Brooke @ says

    I am the same! My husband ALWAYS gives me a hard time because I lose earrings so much. So, I'm hoping this will stop the trend of losing earrings!


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