Vintage Earring Organizer DIY


Hello–hope you had a lovely weekend!  Today I am sharing a little project that has helped me to organize my earrings in a pretty way.  My hair is cut in a style and my face is shaped in a way that what works best is for me to wear long, dangly earrings, and I have over the years collected a few favorites that I enjoy wearing.  If they aren’t out where I can see them, however, I tend to forget about them, so I like to have them visible when I’m getting dressed.


We have been making a few changes to the bedroom–my hubby took an old desk he found for free sitting out on the curb and turned it into a wonderful new makeup vanity for me.  I have no before pictures of it, unfortunately, but I will try to get some decent after pictures to show you soon :)  I also redid a $5 chair to go with the vanity, along with a tiny terrific table from a plant stand, made a beautiful bottle stopper for a bottle on the vanity, glazed our bedside tables, created a glamorous tissue box cover, made an antique ribbon lampshade and a beaded lampshade from a Dollar Store trash can, and am now working on a little bookcase redo that I hope to have done in the near future.  To the area where the makeup vanity is, I’ve now added this project:  a vintage-style earring organizer that you can easily make yourself.



Here is a collection of frames that I have used and am about to use in various projects, in their before state:



The big one on the right turned into our Chalkboard TV Cover.  I am using the long narrow one in the center for today’s project.  I am always on the lookout for inexpensive and pretty frames when we go thrifting!  I’m thinking about doing a gallery wall in our narrow hallway with them, so I still need to collect a few more.


These are the supplies you’ll need:


  • a picture frame of a size that will hold your earrings and fit on your wall area (I found a very narrow one at a thrift store, and it was their 50 percent off day, so I got it for $1.50!)
  • lace (I found a lace tablecloth at the same sale and picked it up for $3–lots left over, and I hope to use some of it for future projects)
  • chalk paint in your preferred color and a brush
  • sandpaper (I used 220 grit)
  • staple gun and staples
  • little metal picture frame hanger and 2 tiny nails
  • hammer


This is super easy to do:


1.  Remove the glass and any picture and mat from the frame.  Reserve them for another use.

2.  Paint the frame with chalk paint and let it dry overnight.

3.  Once the paint is dry, use the sandpaper and distress the paint finish in spots if you want it to look vintage.

4.  Cut a piece of the lace tablecloth just a little bit bigger than your frame.

5.  On the back of the frame, staple the lace to the frame with the staple gun.  I folded the edges under to give it a more finished look, and then stapled it down.  My frame is very narrow, so I had to be careful and keep the staples in the middle of the wood moulding, otherwise it could have cracked the frame wood.



6.  Position the picture hanger at the top back of the frame, and carefully hammer it into place.



Now you’re ready to hang your earrings from the lace, and then hang the frame up on your wall!



As you can see, I also like to wear vintage-looking earrings!


These vintage-inspired frames would also make a great inexpensive and unique gift for the earring-wearers on your holiday list.


Do you have other vintage-looking ways of storing your jewelry? Do you like to wear dangly earrings, too?   I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!


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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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10 Responses to Vintage Earring Organizer DIY

  1. oldthings says:

    Hello , my dear Athena
    You have done a beautiful job and your earring have organized in a lovely way !
    I done something similar with mine .
    Have a nice day !

  2. Donna Heber says:

    Hi Athena,

    Great way to keep those beautiful earrings in site! Thank you for sharing your organizer with us. I’m kind of a hoop girl!

  3. Hi, Athena!!! This is SO creative! I mean REALLY creative! It just turns your jewelry into an instant work of art! I’m sure my friend, Sheri, would love to look at your earring collection, so I will send her this link. She might even be inspired to try the frame project! (She loves projects!) She, too, loves long earrings and spends quite a bit of time making them. This would be perfect for her! I have a Charlie Brown head, so long earrings don’t work for me. :-( Great job!!! have a beautiful day!

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  5. Kathy says:

    What a lovely way to display and to organize your earrings – decorative too! Marvelous idea – I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  6. debra says:

    And here I was just enjoying your summer gardening posts this year :) Now it’s bookshelves and earrings for the winter :) I am glad….

  7. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Using the lace was the a perfect choice for the earrings!

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