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Earring Storage Extravaganza!

So, if you know me in real life, you know that my mom and I own a couple of stores together. One of them is a kitchen and gourmet shop called The Fig Tree, which has been opened for just over two months (!) and the other is a women’s boutique called Vignettes, which we opened in November of 2007. We recently moved to a bigger, much nicer location down the street from our old store, and we’ve been having a fantastic time decorating our new space and making it feel like home. One of the elements we get compliments on ALL THE TIME is our earring display:

EarringStorageAngle

We have two of them hanging in the store and they were a simple DIY project that we completed in one afternoon. (Full disclosure: we had a little help from our contractor when we made them, but the process is really simple and easy to re-create.) Read on for the step-by-step instructions!

(We actually made these a long time before I had this blog, so I don’t have great photos of the process BUT I do have some pictures of the “After” that will be beneficial if any of my wording is confusing. It’s a pretty straightforward process, so you shouldn’t have much/any trouble understanding!)

You’ll need…

  • 1 empty frame
  • Screen to fit the size of your frame, plus 1 1/2″-2″ on each side and on the top and bottom (This is not an exact science. Surprise.)
  • 3 1″x2″ boards 2″-3″ wider than the opening of the frame
  • Staple gun
  • 1 1/2″ nails
  • Hammer
  • 1 1/2″ screws
  • Drill
  • 2 D-ring hangers
  • 2 monkey hooks for your walls [side note: these things are amazing, especially if you have to hang something heavy. They're super strong and will hold up to 35 lbs and only leave a tiny hole in your wall. No tools or studs needed.]

Instructions:

  • Lay your frame face-down on the floor
  • Take your screen and fold it in about 3/4″ on each side. Lay it on top of the frame so that the folded edge is on top and the 1/2″ excess is on the “inside”. Staple along the left or right side, being sure the screen is laying evenly the whole way. Be sure it’s tight and even and staple down the other side of the frame.
EarringStorageBack

You can see the loose bits of screen hanging out at the top above the board. That’s okay!

  • Nail one board to the top and one to the bottom of the frame, securing the rest of the loose screen. These boards ensure that there’s enough room that your earring posts won’t bang against/scratch the wall.
  • Take the third board and screw it to the top of the frame and make sure it’s secure. Attach the D-ring hangers.
Here's the back of the whole shebang.

Here’s the back of the whole shebang.

  • Measure the distance between your D-ring hangers, mark the distance on the wall with a pencil, measure again (always measure again), and then install your monkey hooks.
  • Hang your new earring display on your wall, and begin organizing your little gems!
Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Some notes:

  • We (obviously) need to be able to store a lot of earrings on our frames, and as such, made them huge. You can easily scale this project down to fit into your space.
  • If you want to use picture wire and only one monkey hook, that’s your bag. Again, because of the size of our frames, we decided to go with two hooks and distribute the weight evenly between them.
  • If you’re in the market for a solid frame for a good price and have a smart phone, download the Hobby Lobby app and get a coupon for 40% off of one item!
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