I vowed to find a solution to organize the chaos in my jewelry box. Although I appreciate the idea of repurposing everyday objects, such as egg cartons, ice-cube trays, and muffin tins, for jewelry storage, I wanted something that would not only organize my pieces but also display them attractively. Here’s my easy solution.
12” x 12” Shadow-box frame (available at Target, $9.99)
12” x 12” Cork squares (available at Target or OSH, $7 for a pack of 4)
1/2” screw eye hooks, available at OSH
5/8” screw eye hooks
Step 1. Place shadow-box frame face-down on table. Remove the back of the frame, plastic insert, and glass from the frame.
Step 3. Tape the edges of the frame securely with duct tape. Trust me, I found out the hard way that you can’t count on those tiny metal prongs to hold the whole project together. Don’t worry no one will see the back. Be sure to cut out a notch in the duct tape for the wall hanger on the back of the frame.
Step 4. Here comes the fun part. Insert the straight pins and screw in the hooks in any configuration that meets your needs. I used straight pins that I found in my sewing kit for 15” to 18” necklaces and two 1/2” eye hooks for each pair of dangly earrings. I added some 5/8” eye hooks that I found in my husband’s toolbox to hold heavier necklaces, a bracelet, and a cocktail ring. I like eye hooks because you can leave them closed for hooking French-wire earrings or open them up with pliers to hang bigger pieces. You can experiment with different hooks from the hardware store. If you’re partial to earrings, you can customize your frame to only include small eye hooks. Pay attention to the length of the screw, as your cork board is only 1/4” thick.
Step 5. Hang your display case on the wall and admire.
I hang my jewelry case above my dresser. Now when I get ready in the morning I’m more likely to choose a necklace to wear, because everything hangs neatly out in the open. Best of all, no more untangling knots!