My jewelry situation is an organizational disaster. I have a small mirrored jewelry box (from Target) that sits on the window sill. I use this to toss in jewelry when I’m cleaning the room. For the most part earring studs, necklaces and bracelets live all over the house. My dangly earrings are the only thing that currently have a home (framed earring holder). I have certain “spots” I put them of course. I like put my wedding ring on the stack of books, next to the lamp. I have a cute little bowl on my night stand, and a ring holder in my bathroom, and at any given moment you will find a few necklaces, lots of hair ties and bobby pins, and some coins in those 2 spots. The necklaces get tangled in all locations, so I needed a better way. Meet my DIY jewelry organizer:
Andy and I were at Home Depot (shocking!) buying chain for another project, when I discovered these large bolts on the same aisle. I like that they’re not shiny, and for only .24 cents a piece I bought 10 plus one just in case, with a DIY jewelry organizer in mind. We have part of a leftover board from the chair re-upholstery project so the original plan was to use that and drill in the bolts. But, plans changed when I discovered my mom’s wood floor samples thrown in the craft closet. I had diy wall art plans for those, and then realized they snapped together and then really liked the look of different shades of wood! Light bulb moment. I snatched these wood floor samples from my parents house last Christmas after my mom re did the living room floors. Thanks, mom! Andy really appreciates this revelation because he didn’t have to cut me a piece of wood!
Here’s what you need:
- Wood floor samples (a board would work too!)
- wood glue (if you’re using wood floor samples)
- a drill
- screws with a big head
- 3M velcro picture hanging stripsto hang it up
My mom gave me I stole all 8 of her floor samples last Christmas. They only fit together if they are from the same brand. So, here’s what I’m workin’ with…
I laid out a “pattern” for Andy. He likes exact measurements, so the fact that I don’t measure drived him nuts. I tried to explain that I purposely did it like this so that in the future if I want to add more screws, it will be super simple. Not to mention, random adds interets and is way easier to lay out.
Andy found the right size drill bit, and got to work… The pot was one of those “this is genius” ideas that didn’t really work. The plan was that all the drill dust would fall into the empty pot and we could just dump the dust in the trash. It kind of worked, but I still had to vacuum.
After Andy drilled, he used wood glue to secure each piece together. Then, we screwed the bolts into place!
I say we, I mean Andy, I sat next to him eating Annie’s macaroni and cheese watching the sunset and snapping pics of course. That’s right, that’s hot sauce on the table next to the wood glue. I drip it all over my macaroni!
I added my favorite picture hanging strips (it’s a rental thing) to the back of my organizer and stuck it on the bathroom wall!
I’m loving this thing. So far, I’m really using it. I’ll get back to you in a few months ; ) How do you organizer necklaces? Do you have a special “spot” for your wedding ring? Have you started making any gifts for Christmas Me either! Do you put hot sauce or salsa on your macaroni? You should! I’d love to hear…
Comments & Reviews
What a nice idea. Now i want to made it, Thanks for sharing.
Malisha Mishel says
How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The jewelry organizer made me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck, Jamie! 🙂
This is so clever, I’ve got a bunch of these samples in my garage. I would have never thought to turn them into something so cute. We would love for you to share this at the Create – Share – Inspire link party tonight.
We hope to see you there!
You’ve combined two of my favorite things – organizing and repurposing – into one lovely necklace organizer. Congrats, you’re featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party on Organized 31.
Okay, I’m totally in love with this thing. From the floor samples to the bolts, every aspect of this jewelry organizer is totally my style. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I see a trip to the hardware store in my future.
Thanks for the great idea! I made this and love it. I have so many necklaces that I couldn’t see them all previously and even forgot I had some of them. This solves those problems and looks great in my bedroom. Thank you thank you!
Such a cute DIY. My necklaces are hanging but they’re hanging all together which can become a quick mess. I love this!
Love this! Thank you for sharing our project with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted.
Sarah R. says
Fun idea! Love the mixed wood look. I’m thrilled you linked up with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday…hope to see you again this weekend with your latest makes!
Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)
I love this! What an inventive use of those floor samples. So impressed with your ingenuity. Thank you so much for linking this up at This Is How We Roll Thursday.
Alexandria Brady says
That is so smart, I need to go see if we still have some floor samples lying around from my dad’s last “we’re going to redo the kitchen!” moment.
Reb Deb says
Best idea yet. I like the necklace holders with knobs that I’ve seen, but knobs take up a lot of space. Next bet idea was furniture nails–inexpensive and good-looking, but a bit small. I think that the added width of the bolts will make it much easier to get the necklaces off. Also the reminder of removable hanging strips–I own, not rent, but move things around and hate making holes in the wall. Thanks!
cynthia Martinez says
This is a great idea. I’m definitely going to try this.
P.S. I love hot sauce n my macaroni! Im a Tapatio girl myself. That was hilarious when u added the part bout the hot sauce.
Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs says
Fabulous idea Jamie!
i think you should do an earring holder to match .. i love this idea and plan to make it this weekend.. ill post pics for you !!
Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says
Your creative project was a superstar in my round-up today! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Jamie. Here it is if you want to check it out: 25 Creative Solutions to Necklace Organization.
The Thinking Closet
Lindsey Page says
Love this idea! I love the different colors of wood. Thank you for posting!
Julia @ FaveCrafts says
What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of crafty organization ideas! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/crafty-organization-ideas/
Have a great day!
Jamie Dorobek says
Thank you so much, Julia!
The Domestic Fringe says
Love this. I made something similar with an old crate I found. Most useful thing I ever made.
What a great idea. We made one out of a floorboard, but couldn’t find a good solution for hanging it. I’ll give it a try with the hanging strips. Thanks for sharing.
Jamie D. says
You’ll love the 3M picture hanging strips!
Gorgeous! I’m thinking I need to make something like this to hang inside my walk-in closet, so that I can actually SEE all my necklaces!
Jamie D. says
You’ll love it and wear your necklaces more!
Nikki Kelly says
All my necklaces are hanging on my Harley Davidson gas tank piggy bank (my dad was really into Harley’s before I was born). I also really love big chunky rings and they’re piled up in a little wooden jewelry box that can not close (read: pile of giant cocktail rings). It’s quite pathetic. I’ve been pinning lots of jewelry organizing ideas though. I just need to go find some supplies.
Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator
Erin @ Thanks, I Made It says
Great reuse of materials, and love the mix of shades of wood!
Jamie D. says
Thanks, Erin! I see more mixed wood shade crafts in the future 😉
Great organizer! Thanks for sharing with us. Isn’t it amazing how creative we can be when we have a project in mind and a purpose?
Jamie D. says
Creativity= amazing 🙂
Molly @ Wicked Cheap says
I made my own necklace organizer this summer since mine were always ending up in a jumbled heap.
(I know it’s cheesy to put blog links in comments, please forgive me!!)
Jamie D. says
Molly, I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I just pinned it too!