Friday, January 11, 2013

Cheap 5 Minute Earring Display

This is my last week at home before I move off to Massachusetts for the semester and, just as I did before going off to Scotland, I've started crafting up a storm. It started with a flower hair comb and then just kind of spiraled from there. So, I thought I'd show some of what I've been doing. Here is a simple, extremely cheap, and very quick earring display that I whipped up to use up some old supplies. It was also an adventure to use my new camera for this blog, and I hope you all approve.

Look at all the lonely earrings, where do they all come from?

You will need:

  1. A frame, the size depending on how many earrings you want to put in it and what size they are.
  2. A piece of decorative, heavy paper
  3. Your earrings and earring backs
  4. A pin

First, start with an empty frame. I picked mine up at the dollar store, and it came with a small pane of glass and cardboard backing which I removed. The cardboard was tossed, not sure what I'll do with the glass yet. Either way, you don't need it for this frame.

Next, cut a piece of scrap paper (or any other paper that has some heft to it, definitely not just printer paper unless your earrings are very light) so that it fits your frame.

Taking a pin, needle, or even the back of one of your earrings, poke holes in the paper. I recommend making the holes half an inch apart but it depends on the size of the earrings you'll be using. Leave a slighter larger gap between the pairs of holes, and enough room for your dangly earrings to hang between rows (keeping the dangly ones on the bottom row helps with this.)

Now, put the paper back in the frame.

Put your earrings through the little holes, fitting the earring backings behind the paper so that the earring stays put.

Voila! There you go! An easy craft that displays your earrings in a pretty way. My frame is propped against my desk so that I can turn it around and remove the earrings at will, but the choice of where to put it is yours. If you're going to put it up on the wall, I suggest suspending it from a strip of ribbon affixed to the back of the frame so that you can easily turn it around. Or you could affix triangular pieces of sturdy cardboard to the back of the frames which keep it propped up for use on a table or dresser. Or you could have your minions hold it for you 24/7. Whatever works.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial thing! Next time I talk to you all I'll be in Massachusetts, but until then feel free to e-mail me or write a comment with ideas for posts or other blog feedback. Thanks guys!


  1. I think its perfect! :-) clever idea

  2. Very clever idea! Now I just need to find me some minions ... ;o)

  3. Great idea! Do you have a special way to organize necklaces as well? Mine get all tangled D: Also, preemptive welcome to massachusetts. It's pretty freakin' snowy here.

    1. Yes, I do! I use small pins pushed into a decorated corkboard, which I showed here:

      I hope this helps!

    2. oh my goddess, that's brilliant. Thank you.

  4. I've been planning on doing this for a while, actually! Not having pierced ears, I plan on doing it for necklaces/bracelets, but same general principle. Given my flat will still be too small for a minion army, I will have to see if I can get some wall space for it.

  5. That's a wonderful idea, unfortunately I neither have any space to hang it nor a minion :( This would be such a beautiful and useful thing to make...

  6. Those spider earrings are just perfect ^^

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