This past weekend was one of my favorite quarterly projects…Spring Cleaning! I love spring cleaning so much that I do it once a season…sometimes twice. Yes, I’m THAT person. I’m that much of a nerd.
To be fair, I do have a lot of crap…and I live in an apartment with hardwood floors, lots of books, and windows that stay open quite often…so there’s lots of dust. I also live with a boy…and, well, we all know how that goes!
So when I do my spring cleaning, I like to start one room at a time and just take my time going through things and throwing stuff away. This year I started with my jewelry. I needed a way to store all my earrings so I could see all of them at one time. I had some left over wire shelves from my craft unit I showed you a few weeks ago, so I tied a ribbon to those and was able to hang hooked earrings on them. It looks oh so chic!
As for my studded earrings, I needed a way to store them that wasn’t in a little bowl in my dresser. So I decided I’d do double duty and create a storage system that was also decorative…bada boom!
These sweet earring frames are so easy to make and they’re a great way to store your studded earrings in a way that looks professional and stylish.
- Wooden frames (I got mine at IKEA. I think they come in a package of 5 or 6. I only had to use 2 for this project. These frames are 4 x 6)
- 1 8 ½ x 11 sheet of felt, color of your choice
- Glue gun
- Felt flowers (optional)
- Take the backing off the frame and remove the glass/plastic part. Lay it on your felt and cut out a felt rectangle, using the glass/plastic as a guide.
- Hot glue the felt piece to the inside of the frame where the backing used to be. Don’t put the backing back on because you want to be able to poke your earrings through the felt.
- That’s really all there is to it. You can add felt flowers if you’d like to give it a feminine touch. Then hot glue a ribbon to the back (if there isn’t a wall hook on the back of the frame) and you’re ready to go!
- To attach your earrings, poke them through the felt and secure them on the other side of the frame.
Done and done! Moving on to necklaces…
Since I’m a renter, I can’t really drill massive and awesome storage units into my bedroom wall. And since my apartment is small, I can’t really afford to waste space with units that sit on the floor and take up room…and since I’m a bit of a crafty minded person, I have a LOT of necklaces. I needed a way to store and display them so they wouldn’t get tangled and messy.
I have to thank my brilliant man friend for this idea. I had these great mini hangers that I also got from IKEA, but they put huge holes in the wall, which I didn’t want to do. He suggested simply attaching them to my dresser, also from IKEA, and hanging my necklaces there. Um…genius.
Instead of having to drill screws into the wall to hang up these awesome hangers, all I had to do was push a thumb tack through the hole and into the dresser. My necklaces aren’t super heavy, so that was all the support they needed. This is a great space saving idea for ladies who live in little lofts and flats.
As for my bracelets, which I don’t wear too often, I simply threw them on some glass vases (wait for it…ALSO from IKEA!) and threw some fake flowers inside the vase. Boom. Storage with style!
I was so excited with my jewelry plans that I really didn’t have time to finish much else! I did clean up the bathroom, though…and next week I’ll have a helpful tip for renters who are looking to add some color and style to a bathroom they can’t really do anything to…
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