Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DIY jewellery storage!

If you’re anything like me, your jewellery storage leaves something to be desired! I use a combination of bowls, boxes, tins, bags, jewellery boxes, and any available doorknob space. Everything is jumbled together, and it’s generally too much of an effort to root through the mess!! Probably my most organized solution is a hanging jewellery organizer (complete with plastic pockets on both sides), gifted to me by my sister. It keeps my earrings organized, when I actually remember to return them to their proper place. No photo of course, as it currently resides on the inside of my linen closet door. What to do, what to do?
So I guess it’s time to search the Internet!!!! I know that Pinterest is a DIY’ers dream, but I get tired of drilling down, looking for the originating entry. Instead I chose the lazy route, simply typed “DIY jewellery storage” into my Google search engine, and was delighted with the results!! Of course, some of the more complicated options are way beyond my DIY skills, but I may try a few of the simpler hacks.
Like the one shown below! Finally a use for those glass pop bottles that I’ve been saving. Of course, I don’t own that many bracelets, but I’m sure that some of you do.
Google didn't find the one I spotted on Facebook a week or so ago. They recycled an old wooden hanger, by sawing off the dowel at the bottom (originally used to hang slacks, I believe), spray painted it a pretty colour, and then screwed cup hooks in, all along the bottom of the hanger. Genius! Who wouldn’t want a couple of those? Also, how about using vintage muffin tins, jars or ice cube trays for your earrings and rings? Or you could try hanging a series of skinny dowels, on the side walls of your closet?
Finding and then hanging the perfect branch, or branches on your wall.....DIY and inexpensive!
How about visiting swap meets, garage sales, or your local thrift shop? I remember seeing some fabulous wooden frames, being used for jewellery display, at one of our local craft shows. Not exactly like these examples, but I think the addition of chicken wire and corks is particularly inspired! The ones I saw had wire strung across them in a diagonal fashion. I own a couple of great frames, now I just need to do the work?
Jewellery is art, and we should certainly showcase it! How will we ever be able to wow our peers, if we can’t find some of our favourite pieces? Do you have any good solutions to share? Any and all tips would be appreciated! Meanwhile, I think that I’ll dig out that wooden hanger from the back of the closet. Perhaps I should do more, and Internet less? What do you think?

7 comments:

Heather said...

THis is not fancy, but it works for all my pendants and necklaces.....well, not all of them!! My mother used the same thing. I have loads of mine in pretty Michaels photo boxes.....but "out of sight, etc.".

Oops, can't upload the picture, so here is the link. It is an expanding hat? rack.

http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-Expanding-Beechwood-Coffee/dp/B0000Y7ZKE?SubscriptionId=AKIAIQWHH4HRPK7LRQTQ&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B0000Y7ZKE&linkCode=xm2&psc=1&tag=pfc1-gd-20

A. Marie said...

This is filled with great ideas! :) I want to do something similar, because I agree about the artistic value of it. The only thing... I hate dusting, so to add another item to the dusting list...not happening. We just all need a giant glass jewelry house! lol Thank you for all of the inspiring ideas! :)

Marilyn Gardiner said...

I've found out the hard way that any sterling pieces or components will tarnish quickly if they're hung in the open. I keep mine organized in ziplock bags so the sulphides in the air can't get at them. Earrings are in small ziplock bags with a hang-up hole--and are put onto a large binder ring (office supply). Not a real pretty display--but saves a lot of time in the long run.

Marilyn Gardiner said...

I've found out the hard way that any sterling pieces or components will tarnish quickly if they're hung in the open. I keep mine organized in ziplock bags so the sulphides in the air can't get at them. Earrings are in small ziplock bags with a hang-up hole--and are put onto a large binder ring (office supply). Not a real pretty display--but saves a lot of time in the long run.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks Heather! I'd forgotten about that one. Unfortunately the link doesn't work, but in my mind's eye I see expanding wood slats, in a diamond pattern, with pegs on them.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

I searched by the name. I was right! It's a wall mounted, expanding coffee mug rack. If anyone else wants to check, just Google Fox-run Expanding Beechwood.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

A.Marie, Thanks and I agree about the dust, but just don't worry about it all that much. LOL! I just love the colourful displays!!

Marilyn, that's a great idea about the binder ring. My silver is generally hidden away as well and ziplocks are a fabulous invention. I have a couple of really good sterling cuffs (one is hand carved), that reside in a handmade, fancy maple jewellery box. They never tarnish! The displays shown above, should only be used for non-silver pieces!! Art on the walls!!