DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

Happy Friday, Friends! We are back with another great DIY project for y’all! And as always, it is very cost effective and time friendly. Depending upon paint drying times, it should not take more than a few hours to make. We were able to pull together our material list from scrap lumber pieces, paint, and wire left over from previous projects. But you could easily find all of these materials at your local hardware store without breaking the bank.

This design came out of my own desperate need of somewhere to organize and store my hanging earrings and necklaces. I had a very small jewelry box that I would typically cram all of my jewelry into. But after many years, it became obvious that this was no longer a working option. Every time I would go to pull out a particular piece of jewelry, I would get a crazy, tangled ball of jewelry that looked like this….



My nicer pieces of jewelry were also at risk for breaking and damage because of this. And forget about trying to find a matching set of earrings! I would be able find one, but not the other. It was STRESSFUL, to say the least!

Our solution was simple… we would make a hanging jewelry organizer! So, we ran into our shop and went to work! We pulled some scrap boards together, as well as small chicken wire from our last project (DIY FEET RINSING STATION), paint, and some knobs. And we were ready to get started….

1.) Our lumber list was very simple… 4 boards! (2) 1″ x 2″ ‘s @ 13″ long, and (2) 1″ x 2″ ‘s @ 30 ” long.


(2) 1″ x 2″ ‘s @ 13″ long.


(2) 1″ x 2″ ‘s @ 30 ” long.


We are now “Dry-fitting” our boards to make sure we have our measurements correct.

2.) We will now add (2) pocket holes to the ends of our short boards. (Do not add any pocket holes to the longer boards)


We use our Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System to add our holes for our screws.


And this is how the shorter boards should look on each end.

3.)We will now glue and screw our frame together!


We first apply our Titebond Ultimate III Wood Glue to each joint.


Kreg Face Clamp to hold our boards together at the joint. This tightly holds everything in place so we can easily add our screws.

And here is what our frame looks like now that we have it together….


4.)Now we will measure and cut our wire backing. (Do not add backing until you have painted your frame)

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We will now roll our wire out to get an estimate of how much of the length and width that we need to remove.


With our tin snips, we will cut off the overage of length of our wire.


Now our width.

5.) Now that we have our wire cut to the correct size, we will go ahead and paint it and set it aside to dry.

Since our wire was rolling up on us, we laid it over a board and added 4 screws (1 to each corner). Now our wire is securely laying flat and we can now easily paint it!

Since our wire was rolling up on us, we laid it over a board and added 4 screws (1 to each corner). Now our wire is securely laying flat and we can now easily paint it!

6.) It is now time to paint our frame! We chose Valspar Antique White Latex Flat. Not only did we already have this color in stock from another project…we simply LOVE IT! It is such a versatile color. We also have several pieces paint in this color that are in the same space where our jewelry hanger is going; so it will match perfectly!


7.) Once the paint has fully dried, we will now lightly distress the edging and add some Rustoleum Java Brown Glaze. This is another product the we absolutely love! It is very easy to work with, and adds a gorgeous antique look and feel any project that we are working on.



We applied light-moderate pressure while sanding and chose to distress ONLY the edging of our frame. And this is our finished product.



We will now apply a quick coat of Rustoleum Java Brown Glaze to our entire frame.


As you can see, it DOES NOT have to be perfect.


Applying light pressure, we use a cotton rag to wipe the excess of glaze off of our frame.

8.) It is time to measure and drill the holes for our knobs! 


We are using 3 knobs along our bottom. So we first measured our center (that is where our middle knob will be going). From our center point, we measured the center of the area between there and each end.


Now that we have our place marked, we will use our DEWALT DWD112 8.0 Amp 3/8-Inch VSR Pistol-Grip Drill with Keyless All-Metal Chuck to drill a hole for each knob.

(OPTIONAL) We added a quick coat of Minwax Fast Drying Semi-Gloss Polyurethane to our frame before adding our backing.


9.) It is time to attach our wire backing!


For this, we used our DEWALT Heavy Duty Compact Staple Gun. We started at 1 corner, and made our way around the entire backing of our frame until we reached our beginning point.



And here is what our backing looks like now that we have our wire fully attached.


Front view.

10.) Now all that we need to do is add our knobs, and we are ready to hang our frame! We scored big time on the purchase of our knobs. We found someone locally who was refinishing their cabinets, and was switching out all of the knobs in their home! So, we got a HUGE DEAL by purchasing them ALL! They can actually still be found at Hobby Lobby! And you can typically purchase them when they go 50% off, or simply use one of their 40% off coupons that day. At the moment, they are a STEAL at only $1.99 each!


And here is our FINISHED PRODUCT11050209_871434676263564_7983699332190344860_n

Nothing but smiles over here, as I am already happily using it!

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