How to Organize Your Necklaces, Earrings, and Hair Clips

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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My jewelry organizer with my favorite necklaces, earrings, and hair clips.

My jewelry organizer with my favorite necklaces, earrings, and hair clips.

Photo: Susan Beal

Whether it's all your own handmade work or a collection of pieces you've bought or traded for, if you like making jewelry you probably also like wearing it! And if you're anything like me, you're overrun with favorites and occasional pieces alike. I've picked up more and more jewelry at craft fairs, online, through trades, and in my favorite shops over the years, and after a few attempts to keep everything in jewelry boxes or (to be perfectly honest) scattered on surfaces all over the house, I've found a hanging wall organizer that I just love for keeping my necklaces and earrings neatly and prettily arranged for easy accessorizing. I also put bobby pins and hair clips on it—they slip right onto the horizontal rows in the earring holder section.

I posted about this a few months ago, but I got mine from Ginny's Ear Nest—there are dozens of styles in their catalog, in whatever configuration you're looking for. One other tip: I got a carpenter friend to make me a little tabletop base for my organizer so I could use it at craft fairs from time to time, which has worked really well. Now, Ginny's sells adaptable bases for their products, too—so you can convert yours from wall to dresser-top as you choose.

If you're handy with wood, CraftStylish member ManKnit shared a great idea for making your own organizer, too:

The wood jewelry hanger in the photo is also pretty easy to make if you don't want to spend the cash. I made one just like it for my mom in junior high shop class. Obviously the more effort you put in, the classier it will look.

Quick DIY instructions:
1. Find a few scraps of wood that measure about 3/8 inch thick by 2 inches wide by however long you want the hanger to be.

2. Use a handsaw (you can pick one up at the hardware store for about 10 bucks) to cut a series of kerfs along one edge of each length of wood. Then use a 1/4-inch drill bit to bore a series of holes in the wood along the opposite edge.

3. Screw (don't just glue) each length of wood to a frame (an old picture frame would do), and hang it up on the wall!

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Comments (2)

Nicole3 writes: Thank you so much for posting this!!! My 12 year old dd and I are going to make this together!! Exciting!!! LOVE THE PIC!!
Posted: 3:23 am on January 14th
shrtcke writes: I love it. What a great way to organize and display your jewelry.
Posted: 12:58 pm on January 23rd
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