Tuesday, May 29, 2012

DIY Jewelry Organizer

I never had a great solution for jewelry. I had things in jewelry boxes, drawers and scattered around. I wanted something to not only keep it organized, but where I could see it all: rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings together to coordinate quickly and easily. On a trip to Ikea I found some things that I thought would be perfect for a DIY jewelry organizer, in the kitchen and garden areas of all places.

{I apologize for the pictures. It's impossible to get a good picture of the back of the door in a room with no windows.}

I thought hard about where to store my collection. Once I started gathering it all I realized what a collection it really was. We don't have a lot of counter or wall space in our master bath nor did I really want a big mass of jewelry out on display which is why I chose the back of the bathroom door. It gave me a big area to work with which could be in plain site or could be completely hidden away. It was perfect!

(most found at Ikea)
  • Bygel rails
  • Bygel wire basket
  • Bygel plastic s-hooks
  • Socker Plant pots
  • Ring holder
  • Thin ribbon scraps
  • 3/4 inch flathead screws
  • Drill
Just purchase as many as you need to fit your jewelry.

I used three bars: two for necklaces and one for the basket. I used about six packs of s-hooks, one wire basket, and two buckets. I got everything for under $20.


Figure out the configuration on your door. I did short necklaces on top, long necklaces in the middle and buckets for bracelets down lower so I could see easily into the buckets. That just worked out with the panels on my door. 

Install your bars on the door using the flathead screws and drill.

Now start assembling. Attach the wire basket to the bar and remove the metal sheet with the holes from the bottom. Attach it to the bottom of the basket by tying it on with tiny ribbons. Place the buckets in the basket. They won't go all the way to the bottom now that you removed the metal piece, but that didn't bother me. Fill your buckets with your bracelets. I have nicer bracelets in little jewelry boxes so they don't get tangled with the others.

Attach your earrings to the metal piece. Just push the backs all the way to the front if they are hook earrings and will stay on the organizer by themselves.

Place a small ring holder (found mine at the thrift store and painted it) between the buckets and fill with rings. 


Attach the s-hooks (buy the plastic ones, NOT the metal ones so they don't swing everywhere) to the bars and fill with necklaces. I have two colors of hooks because I ran out and had to buy more and they didn't have the same colors.

I made this a few weeks ago and have loved it! Having my jewelry hidden away I had forgotten about a lot of it. This way I can see exactly what I have quickly and easily. I have been wearing it a lot more and got rid of some I was ready to part with.

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Leanne said...

What a great way to organize all your jewelry. It looks great hanging there too.

Kate @ A Creative Cookie said...

What a CLEVER idea! Great job! I would love something like that for me. :)

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

This is awesome!!! Right now all of my necklaces are on a hanger.... not the best way.

engarde99 said...

Cute and easy! Perfect! What did you use for the earrings? Did I miss it?

Michelle said...

@engarde99 It's in the post, but it's just one sentence so it may be hard to find. It is part of the bygel wire basket. It comes in the bottom, so I just took it out and tied it on with ribbon.

Kara said...

This is awesome Michelle! All my jewelry is stuffed in a drawer, so I hardly ever wear it. I need to do this!

Anonymous said...

It is an awesome idea! I have had the experience of my jewelry tarnishing when stored in the bathroom......I hope this doesn't happen to you! Our bathroom is not huge, but it's not really small either. I was very sad when I had to move my collection out of the bathroom. Keep an eye on the backs of the earrings. :D
Jeanne V Austin, Texas

Jennifer said...

I found this post via Pinterest. Love this storage idea! I have a funny question... In the last picture, you've got a really cool statement necklace hanging on the right. Did you purchase that in a store, or make it, or what? I really love it and would love to buy one/make one! :) Thanks!

Lisa C. Hill said...

If you just need a place to store necklaces, I bought an expandable wooden coat rack, then opened it as far as it would go, then turned it sideways IE: it's tall instead of wide. I then hung it on one nail, just inside my closet, beside some of my wall-mounted shoe racks. My bead necklaces are hung on each peg according to color pallette :-)

Susan said...

Guess I'm taking a trip to Ikea this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

Theresa Albon said...

This is a great idea! I was wondering where you got the metal plate to hang the earrings?

Michelle Barneck said...

@Theresa Albon I got the metal plate out of the bottom of the Bygel basket. Everything I used was from Ikea.

two and a half bloggers said...

wow, fantastic, just love it :)