Jewelry can be tricky when it comes to organizing because of the various shapes and sizes they come in. I’ve tried at least five different organizers and have thrown them out because they just weren’t working. I tried using jewelry trays which worked pretty well for bracelets and earrings but not for necklaces because they would end up being tangled. If you’ve ever tried untangling a necklace, it’s enough to drive you crazy.
I tried using a triple tier jewelry organizer that worked out great for bracelets but not for necklaces and earrings because the necklaces didn’t fit and there wasn’t any place for the earrings. The jewelry armoire’s that open up didn’t have enough space and were costly.
After endless searches trying to find the perfect jewelry organizer, I decided to make my own. It seemed like a daunting task because I’m not a big DIYer but after my first trip to Michaels, I realized it wasn’t going to be that difficult. I wanted to tackle my necklaces first because that is what most of my jewelry consists of. I knew I wanted them hung up on the wall because I like to visually see my jewelry or I forget I have it.
Here’s the step-by-step process on how I created it:
- Measure the space: This organizer was going to be hung up in our closet on our wall. Space in there is extremely limited, so I needed to have the measurements of the space on the wall.
- Decide on products: The main product used for this project was cork board. I chose this because it was inexpensive and the measurements of the cork were what I needed. Another option would be using a piece of wood. The next products I gathered were metal hooks because of their durability and spray paint to dress up the cork board a bit. Using spray paint is like painting, you need supplies to protect the area you are using so newspapers and masking tape were gathered.
- Design layout: My husband came up with the idea of adding stripes. We took the masking tape and laid it across the board diagonally. Once that was laid, the spray paint was applied (we did this in our garage so the fumes weren’t in the house). We let it dry and put on another coat the next day.
- Apply hooks: The hooks that I got were screw hooks and they needed to be screwed into the cork board. This was tricky when I first started because you needed to start it in the same place as the previous hook adjacent to it. After the second hook, I took a ruler and drew a light line with a pencil across it for a better guideline. Once all the hooks were in, I erased the line.
- Hang board: This particular cork board came with adhesive squares to use to hang it. If what you purchase doesn’t come with it, make sure to purchase strong adhesive or a wall mounting kit. We took four of the square adhesives and applied them to the four corners and hung it to the wall. Once the board was mounted, I hung the necklaces. The bigger necklaces used their own hooks but for the smaller, thinner necklaces I was able to double them up.
I’ve been using this jewelry organizer for a few months now and really love it, it really has been the best way to keep my necklaces tangle free. I did create another board for the earrings and bracelets but that wasn’t working out and right now they don’t have a home. They are on my to-do list!
To sum it up, creating your own jewelry organizer can be easier than you think. Knowing your space is key so make sure to measure it first and with the following supplies, you can create your own board:
- Metal Hooks
- Spray paint
- Newspapers (for the spray paint)
- Masking tape
Give it a try!
How do you keep your jewelry organized? Have you ever made your own organizer?