Thursday, July 7, 2011

{Earring Board}

Necessity is the mother of invention, right?
Well, it is for me...
So, I have a lot of earrings....
and I've never had a good jewelry box.
For the past 6 or 7 years, I have had a little Sterilite container 
separating all my jewelry.
I'm tired of all my necklaces being tangled
and I'm tired of sorting through the earrings to find a match.

I got soooo sick and tired of it that I decided to make 
myself and earring holder (I'm working on the necklace holder this weekend...).

Now, you're going to think I'm pretty ghetto because I used cardboard
in this project, but I don't care cause it was f.r.e.e.

Here's what you'll need if you want to make your own:
*an empty frame
*cardboard
*Modge Podge
*Paint 
*Push Pins
*Superglue
*Twine

I had a spare frame... it's and 8.5 x 11 that I got from the Dollar Store.

and I measured some cardboard to fit inside the frame...



Then I Modge Podged some scrapbooking paper onto the cardboard.
I Modge Podged the cardboard before putting the paper on,
and then once that was dry I did a layer on top...

While I was waiting for that to dry, I painted my frame white...
Sorry I don't have a pic for that one... I'm new at this tutorial stuff. :)

Once the frame was dry, I sanded the edges to distress it.
I then fit the cardboard piece inside and started adding push pins...

I had 25 pins, so I did 5 rows and 5 columns.
I just eyeballed where I put them because I hate measuring.
I started with the 4 corners, did the top and bottom rows,
then did the middle... 
I staggered the pins to allow my earrings to dangle freely.
After I pushed each pin in, I would super glue it to the paper.


I did run into a bit of a problem...
the push pins were longer than the cardboard, so they poked through.
But that's ok, because I ended up looping the ends of my twine (which I doubled and tied the two ends together) around the two end push pins.
I measured another piece of cardboard that was slightly bigger than the first one,
but smaller than the frame, and hot glued it to the back, securing the twine in between the two cardboards.
I hope that makes sense.  


I loved using push pins because my earrings don't fall off the ends.
I hung it in my bathroom, and I am so pleased with how it turns out!

Stay tuned for the necklace version...
and this time I'll remember to take more pics. :)

P.S. I'm doing my very first linky's, and I'm linking it up to:
Whipperberry, The Shabby Nest, Paisley Passions, Inspiring Creations,
Tatertots and Jello and Thirty Handmade Days

6 comments:

  1. Okay I LOVE how that turned out! We need to do that for Super Saturday. You are so creative.

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  2. looks awesome! I've got so many cardbords at the house. I've been keeping them for some crafts. I think I'm gonna make your board. Great idea.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. wow. That's great! i wish i owned more than 2 pairs of earrings so i'd have a good excuse to make this ... although I can probably make it for holiday gifts. Thank so much!!

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  4. come to my blog Medena :) :) Big Hug

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  5. I like that! We need something for all of our earrings, thanks!

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