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DIY Jewelry Organizer

A favorite gift of mine (to give and receive!) is jewelry. Now, I’m not really a fine jewelry person. In fact, the only pieces of fine jewelry I own are my wedding ring and my engagement ring, and the necklace my husband gave to me as a gift on our wedding day. My husband knows that I change my jewelry as often as the the weather changes in Franklin (read: often. also read: it’s happening this week).

To keep up with the shifting jewelry winds in my world, I discovered recently that I was just throwing these bobbles about to and fro with no real “home” in mind for them. Thus, I determined that it was time for a jewelry solution, especially for my earrings. The result? A fantastic, do-it-yourself jewelry organizer that was super-duper easy to make!

Submitted by: Ronda Waters

Total Time Required: 1 hour

Working Time Required: 50 minutes

Project Costs: $6.00 (I already had the scrapbook paper, black spray paint and glue gun supplies at home)

Materials & Tools Required: Black spray paint, mouse tail cord, glue and glue gun, scissors


  • Get a cheap frame from Goodwill or your favorite bargain store (I got mine for $4.99!). Look for something that is at least 8×10 or bigger.
  • If needed, spray paint the frame your desired colour (mine is black).
  • Purchase a spool of sturdy ribbon or cord. I grabbed a silverish-gray mouse tail cord at Hobby Lobby.
  • Cut the ribbon/cord into strands as wide as the frame.
  • On the back-side of the frame, make pencil markings all the way down the left-hand side 2-3 inches apart starting at the top to mark where each strand will be placed.
  • Get out your hot glue gun and while still on the back-side of the frame put a dollop of glue where the first pencil mark is and immediately hold one end of the ribbon/cord in place until it is dry (it’s super important to make sure it’s dry).

cords glued

  • Stretch the cord across to the right-hand side of the frame, add a dollop of glue, and pull the string taught while pressing it into the fresh dollop of glue. Don’t worry if the ribbon/cord hangs over the right-hand side because you will go back and cut off the excess at the end. (It’s also super important to pull it as tight as you can so that it will be able to hold your earrings without sagging too much.)
  • Continue this process with each strand of ribbon/cord until you get to the bottom of the frame.
  • Go back and cut off the excess ribbon/cord on the right-hand side.

Voila! A functional and cute jewelry organizer!

wide view

{See full tutorial here}

Ronda is a paleo-friendly blogger, diy-er, organizer and event planner. You can learn all about her and her many skills at

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