Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Earring storage solution

Well, here's one way to keep track of a growing collection of earrings. This works best for the dangly type, which is the kind I wear most often.

Earring storage solution

The frame was a plain wooden one I found at Goodwill, housing a rather ugly print of ducks. :) I took the print out, lightly sanded the frame, and painted it with a champagne gold acrylic paint. Next I took an old toothbrush and dipped it in a darker gold paint and rubbed that along the length of the frame to give it a little dimension. When that was dry, I diluted some dark brown paint with water, then dipped the toothbrush in, flicking it onto the frame by running my thumb over the bristles in the opposite direction of where I wanted the paint to go. This was all to give it an aged look, and I loved how it turned out.

Earring storage solution

The wire screen was salvaged from some windows that someone had put out on the curb for the taking. It's the fiberglass(?) type -- not aluminum -- I'm not really sure what I'm talking about here but it is pliable and strong. :) I used a staple gun to attach it to the frame. It ended up not being quite as taut as I'd hoped but it works.

Now my earrings are a little easier to see, instead of being thrown together in a jewelry box. Next I need to figure out a way to organize my necklaces!

8 comments:

  1. Lovely idea! I love the frame also! I stash this post in my "ideas-for-some-time-in-the-future"! :-)

    In Messiah,
    Sonja

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  2. Oh, I really liked this idea! Mind if I borrow it sometime?

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  3. What a brilliant idea! I don't wear earrings, but now ideas for a similar way to store brooches are flashing past my mind's eye!

    Blessings,
    Jafion

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  4. Thanks, ladies! You are completely welcome to make your own; the concept is not original to me! (I saw something similar in a boutique once, which is where I got the idea.)

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  5. What a clever idea and a beautiful way to arrange earrings. Practical and immensely pretty, too! I don't wear earrings that often, but hate digging through the teacup I keep jewelry in (always a clumpy, tangled mess!) to find them when I do want to wear them. I may copy this idea sometime soon myself!

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  6. Ace idea! And you have some lovely earrings - I really like the rose shaped ones.

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  7. Looks wonderful! I made a board and used eyelet lace to hang earrings and used buttons for necklaces! ;o)

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  8. What a lovely idea, Laura! xo

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