I’ve only had my ears pierced for a little over a year now, but I quickly started collecting earrings. I love earrings and find myself looking at them everywhere I go. At first, I would put all of my studs in a small glass catch-all bowl I picked up at IKEA. Then I accumulated more and more earrings, and it would take me five minutes to dig through the bowl to find what I was looking for. A while back, I came up with one earring storage solution with my lace earring tree for longer, dangly ones, but the studs were another story. Finally, I found a solution – a jewelry box. It sounds so obvious now, and it was one of the easiest projects that I’ve made.
You’ll need a shallow, wooden box that is wide enough to fit a pencil. I found the perfect one at Michael’s for just $5 (plus a coupon)! You will also need approximately eight unsharpened pencils, a hot glue gun, approximately eight pieces of felt, and some craft paint with paint brushes.
First, I painted the box white. I wanted something simple to blend in with the rest of my room since my dresser is already really crowded. While you wait for it to dry, cut the sides of the felt to match the width of the inside of the box. Mine was 8.5 inches wide. I chose black to stand out against the white, but my black or dark colored earrings blend in a little too well. I’d suggest a different color. Using the hot glue gun, glue the pencil to the very end of the felt and begin rolling it so that the felt curls tightly around the pencil. Glue the end of the felt to the wrapped portion. This should fit somewhat snuggly inside the box. Do that to all of your pencils. I used eight total because of the size of my box, but for the last roll, I cut the felt so that the roll would be thinner than all of the others. The last roll needed to be thinner to fit inside the box without making the others too crammed together, and without the last roll there was too much space.
Then add in your studs and enjoy! It’s quick, easy and very efficient. And I live for efficient!
Dangling earrings can be difficult to store or hang, so I found a simple, cute way to remedy the problem. This project only cost me about $3, and you can design it to fit in with your decor.
All you need is a cheap frame, some lace, scissors, and a glue gun. Depending on the frame, you may also want spray paint. I picked up a frame at the dollar store and spray painted it with a leftover can that I had. Your lace should be a tight pattern rather than open so that the earrings can stay in place.
First, remove the frame backing and glass. Cut the lace to fit over the opening of the frame. Leave enough extra fabric on the sides just in case. You can always cut the excess lace after. Because of the type of frame I had, my only choice was to glue the lace down with a glue gun, but it may need to be re-glued in the future because the earrings may pull at the lace, causing wear. You can also use a staple gun if you have a wood frame. Begin gluing the lace, and pull the sides tightly over the frame’s opening as you glue it down. It should be pulled tight to better hold the earrings.
Once it’s glued and feels secure, it’s ready for use. It’s probably easiest to lean against something because the backs of the earrings may not lay properly if you try to hang the frame on a wall. It is somewhat delicate, but it holds my earrings well, and now I can actually display them instead of leaving them laying on my dresser.
I’ve seen a lot of Pinterest tutorials for magnetic makeup boards, so here’s my take on the craft. I recently moved into a room with a much larger bathroom with counter space. I’m taking advantage of this by utilizing more drawer space, shelves, and counter top decorations like this piece.
For this project, you’ll need a piece of metal, which you can buy for relatively cheap at Home Depot. The thickness is up to you. I chose one this is fairly thin. You will also need a frame of some sort that fits the metal. My dad made me this one in his workshop, but any frame from anywhere will work as long as it has a backing to support the metal (particularly if the metal is thin and flimsy). This will also require a hot glue gun, fabric, spray adhesive, and various sized magnets.
First, iron the fabric you plan to use so that it doesn’t show any creases when it sticks to the metal. Then take the metal, fabric, and adhesive spray outside, and evenly cover the metal with glue. Carefully lay down the fabric and smooth it down quickly before it begins to dry. Fold the side pieces over and use a glue gun to secure them to the back of the metal.
Once the fabric is dry and set, place the metal inside the frame and secure the backing. Next, use the glue gun to glue magnets to your eyeshadows, blushes, powders, etc. and allow them a moment to dry. They should be ready to place on the board and hang or set out on display.
For brushes and eyeliners or eyebrow pencils, use a mason jar or glass to hold them in one place. Fill with small beads if necessary to make it higher. Now your makeup can be easily accessible so that you can always see your options rather than rummaging through a drawer. This is an easy and helpful DIY for managing a cluttered drawer.