What to do with all those earrings?

mirror frame

Every now and then I see a cute idea for hanging earrings – putting some kind of screen or fabric in a frame, then hanging earrings from it. I always thought I would do it, but never really had the right things happen at the right time.

When I found this frame at a used furniture store not too long ago, I knew this is what I wanted to do with it.

It turned out to be SO SIMPLE!

I bought a small piece of aluminum sheet metal that was cut with this pretty pattern, typically used for radiator box covers, it is more expensive than I expected, I got this piece for about $11, and used it all, except what I cut off for the arch.

Using tin snips, I trimmed it to fit the frame.

Then I spray painted the frame, set the screen in it, held it in place with tiny brads, put a hangar on the back and it was made!

earring rack empty

This is about 14 inches across and just about 2 feet tall, and will hold ALL of my dangling earrings, as well as some other jewelry, using S hooks to hang them from the mesh.

It is hard to get a good shot of it hanging on the wall as I hung it in the short corridor between our bedroom and bathroom, with not much room to get a photo.

But it looks pretty, I think, and A even commented that it came out well, she wondered what the heck I was making. πŸ™‚ Of course, she also commented that I clearly do not need more earrings, but I think I might, as they are now art! Plus, since I can see them all easily, I can see where the gaps are in my colors and combinations. That is my story and I am sticking to it.


I spent a total of about $20 on this. The frame was just about $10, and I already had the spray paint. I could do it more reasonably with a different frame, but I fell in love with this one, isn’t that the way of it?

21 thoughts on “What to do with all those earrings?”

    1. Thanks! It turned out to be easier than I expected. I am glad I used a mirror frame as opposed to a picture frame, it has more room behind the grid, making it easier to maneuver the jewelry on and off.

    1. aww shucks… thanks! I can’t take complete credit, though. you can find things like this online, I just adapted the ideas to what i had available.

  1. That is gorgeous! When I was younger I had a cork board with little hooks screwed into it but this is much nicer. Oh and tell A that you can *never* have too much jewelry. I tell D that all the time πŸ˜‰

    1. NO! As Claire said in her comment – there is no such thing. You would be amazed at how many pairs I really have there – and there is loads of room for more. It is about 2 feet high and 1 foot wide. Lots of little holes. And remember, it is only for the hanging ones, not the posts.

    1. thanks! You would be surprised how a few “s” hooks make it pretty versatile and how much it can really hold. I think I can add several more bracelets, pins and earrings before it starts to get crowded. πŸ™‚ It was nice this morning to be able to put my hands immediately on the right pair of earrings.

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