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. 🙂 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.

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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?