Jewelry Frame of Mind

Jewelry Frame of Mind

Create this simple jewelry display that is both functional and fabulous.

You know how, no matter how careful you are wrapping up your earbuds or storing them somewhere, they always manage to tangle themselves up in a knotted mess?

Well, jewelry is ten times worse. Even in jewelry boxes, necklaces get tangled and bracelets wrap around earrings. Here’s a simple solution to keep all that jewelry not only organized, but easily visible – so you can find exactly what you need.

Picture frame
Burlap, wire mesh or craft wire
Hot glue and/or staple gun
Scissors or wire cutters



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  1. When selecting the picture frame that will ultimately hold your jewelry, consider where you want to put it. You can hang it on the wall, but you won’t be able to easily access the back side. You can find a free-standing one, but that will take up more counter space. There are workarounds for both, but it’s something to keep in mind.
  2. Remove the glass and backing to the picture frame, lay the frame on top of what will be the new backing and mark off the corners so you know where to cut. If you use burlap or wire mesh, simply cut a rectangle slightly smaller – 1/2 inch smaller will probably be enough – than the size of the frame. This will ensure it doesn’t poke over the edges. If you’re going the craft wire route, simply stretch out the wire to the appropriate length and trim.
  3. Fasten the backing to the frame. With the burlap, you can probably get away with just using hot glue, as the jewelry will be light enough. With the wire mesh and craft wire, you may want to consider using a staple gun in a few places to make sure they don’t slip. To be extra sure, use both.
  4. You can use hooks, tacks or decorative pins to hang necklaces, rings and bracelets. For earrings you’ve already lost the backs to, they can go straight in. If your earrings all still have their backs, you’ll probably want to go with a free-standing frame so you can easily take the backs on and off.

Tip: There are other options for the backing. Consider using pegboard or corkboard. You can even cover those with fabric if you want a specific motif.

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marycr8on, check with your local fabric or craft store. They may have some anti-tarnish fabric that you can put on the frame. I find that it doesn't always keep my silver jewelry from tarnishing, but it does slow it down.

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My husband made one of these for me several years ago with an antique frame and copper screen. I hung it from a cord, so I could hang post earrings as well as French hooks on it. The frame itself is long and narrow and fits between two doors. The only problem I have with it is that sterling silver tarnishes so much faster when it's exposed. I have to polish my silver earrings more often.

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