A DIY Jewellery Organizer

March 20, 2012

In a fit of productivity a few weeks ago, I came up with this solution to the tangled mess of necklaces in my sock drawer.

I didn’t photograph the play by play, but it went like this:

1. Find ugly frame and give it a coat of spray primer.

2. Find pretty color and paint three coats onto said ugly frame.

3. Buy screw-in hooks and screw them in. (I used a drill to start a small hole but I don’t think it was really necessary.)

4. Buy wire mesh, use jewellery wire cutters to snip it down to size, spray paint one side white.

5. Insert the wire mesh into the frame and secure with hot glue.

6. Hang necklaces and enjoy!

Since I’m nothing if not honest with you here, I should mention that I first staple gunned the mesh to the back of the frame. Then I flipped it over, feeling very proud of myself for using the staple gun, and realized the staples had gone through the front. Oops. So I growled, which is what I do now that I no longer curse. I growled, removed the staples, painted over the marks on the front and set about hot gluing the mesh back in. If I’d had that putty stuff that fills in holes, I would have used it. But you can barely notice the marks. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself! Ha!

I love that I can see all my necklaces all lined up and not in a tangled mess in my drawer. I’ll probably hang some of my earrings onto the mesh, because that’s the whole point of the mesh, but I just loved the way the necklaces looked on their own.

And I think the new peachy frame goes so well with my favorite flowery bowl. It was a gift from my godmother when we got married and before that was a gift to my grandparents when they were married! It got packed very carefully and made the journey all the way to Dublin.

So there you have it! A peachy jewellery organizer DIY for your Thursday!


  • Reply stasty March 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Love this idea Emily. I would love one in pale green….now I just need to set aside some time to make it 🙂

    • Reply emily March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks, Vicky! Once I had the supplies it was quite quick – just waiting for coats of paint to dry!

  • Reply Mary Catherine March 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Oh, Emily! You made me cry. I love you!

    • Reply emily March 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      I cherish the heirloom along with the memories and stories of my grandparents. I’m so glad I have something special to remind me of them every day!

  • Reply Brandi {not your average ordinary} March 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I need to do this — then perhaps the cats wouldn’t be able to knock my jewelry off the dresser at 3am in the morning to wake me (I’m sure they’d find other ways though).

  • Reply Christina March 22, 2012 at 12:25 am

    So charming and cute!

    • Reply emily March 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives March 22, 2012 at 12:29 am

    LOVE the peach color! This looks fantastic!

    • Reply emily March 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply antonella April 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

    This is great, Emily! I’ll start to look for a frame this afternoon…

    • Reply emily April 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks, Antonella! Let me know how you get on!

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