Wednesday, April 20, 2011

DIY Under $5: Make Earring Holder

Ever wondered how to make an earring holder? No? ;)

Well, today's your lucky day. I'm gonna show you how to can organize all your ear adornments for under $5.

Cost me: $1 (probably $4 if you bought everything)

How to make an earring holder

Supplies Needed:
  • Splatter Screen (Dollar Tree)
  • Burlap
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Needle & thread
I had the splatter screen to make this and was toying with the idea of lace, but was inspired by the lovely Amy from Positively Splendid to use burlap instead.

1. Lay burlap over splatter screen and trim to make a circle. Glue burlap taut by laying a line of glue around the edge of the screen and gluing down a bit a a time. I used the handle of a knife to push it down tight without burning myself. (ok so I still burnt myself multiple times) Do not put glue in the middle of the screen or your earring will not go through!

2. Glue ribbon over the handle of the screen leaving the hole on the back of the end uncovered so you can hang it easily.

3. Thread your needle with enough thread to go around the circumference of the circle. Tie a knot in the end of the two strings so it does not pull through. Go back and forth through the ribbon every 1/4 inch or so and scrunch as you go along so the ribbon ruffles.

4. Glue your ruffled ribbon around the circle leaving the ribbon break on the bottom left.
5. Make some burlap rosettes and glue those on to cover the break in the ribbon. (there are a million rosette tutorials out there if you need one)

6. Hang your earrings by pushing the posts through the burlap and the screen. Using both layers gives it strength so the burlap won't get wonky spacing from things hanging on it.

Now just find a great space to hang it.

Confession:the ribbon ruffles turned out a little more "Grandma's fabric covered photo album" than I wanted, but what do you do.

If you like this, you may also like my DIY Jewelry Organizer for the back of a door.

Now it's time to link up!

Please remember:
  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand)
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit
  • Please link back so others can join the party

DIY under $5

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Crafting For Chiari said...

woohoo! I needed this idea. My earrings are a mess!!

BeaderBubbe said...

What a great idea....this could also work for taking photos of newly made earrings to post online....

Leanne said...

Hey Michelle! Okay, now you know how really challenged I am. I sent you an email back and it wouldn't send. I don't know if it's because I'm still set on noreply. I tried to fix that too, but it says it's not set that way. Urg! Anyway thanks for the pics. Seriously, I have a huge problem when a camera is pointed at me. We should get together soon. I love your under $5 party, since that what most of my craft projects are.

MEGMAC said...

One of the craftiest things I've seen all day!! Great job!

Lindsay Conner said...

Having trouble linking up this week! I have posted a backlink to your site on my linky parties page, but it's still coming up as an error. Here's my project this week: Under $5 Bias Tape

Jennifer said...

Having trouble linking up this week because I dont have a link back?? But I do on my link party page...
Here is my project:

April said...

I love this! Great idea!

Nena Nadine said...

OMG. Love it.

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

I love this! The more I think about it, the more I love this idea for your linky party - I seriously almost never spend more than $5 on one project (or at least I don't intend to when I start the project), so I love these ideas because they're things I can usually do (without winning the lottery or a major giveaway)! : )

Little Brick Ranch said...

Thanks for hosting!! I linked up a couple cheap-o posts...I love this linky party to see what everyone else can do for a buck...or 5!

Carmella said...

Well, isn't that a great and beautiful idea!?! Thanks for sharing and giving me a place to share my project too!

Michelle @ Loving Every Second said...

Love it! Who would've thought to turn a splash guard into an earring holder? Well, you, I guess! So creative :)

Annie said...

what a great idea! Really really cute, too. Glad to have found your site thru my daughter's "wanna be skinny mama". Guess I'll invest in a few splash guards and start on Christmas gifts. Thanks for the idea!!!

Jamie said...

Great idea. I think I can actually make this. The next time I'm at the dollar store I'm gonna grab one of those screens and give it a go. I kinda agree with you about the granny ruffles...Maybe I'll opt out on those. ;0)

Cara said...

Oh, this is such a sweet idea! I love the idea of using lace too. I wonder if you could use an embroidery hoop instead, or if you really need the stability of the wire mesh behind it?

April said...

I just bought one of those splatter screens with the idea that I was going to make an earring holder, I came home and googled it and this post came up! What kind of glue did you use?

Anonymous said...

a splatter screen! i was looking for something to hold my daughters earrings on. perfect idea! think i'm gonna make a peace sign out of this.....thanks!

Sue said...

Oh my goodness! You have no idea how absolutely F-A-B this idea is. My daughter has a gazillion earrings in about a dozen jewellery boxes and we have been searching for a great way to have them out. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are a lifesaver (and I don't mean the one with the hole in the middle!)