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How to Make Your Own Easy Picture Frame Earring Holder

Updated on June 23, 2017

A great craft idea for your home décor or as a homemade gift

An easy and simple project, this picture frame earring holder is sure to make a statement in your bedroom or dressing room. This space saving frame designed just for your room d├ęcor from simple recycled material will not only accent your room, but will act as a display case for those favorite earrings. Whether showcasing your favorite jewelry or looking to organize that pile of jewelry, an earring holder like this will put a smile on your face.

An easy craft to make and stunning results, this one that you must try for your self. You'll love it so much you will be looking for friends to make them for!

A beautiful accent - unpainted and without any fabric backing, I made hooks from paper clips to hang necklaces on.

A beautiful accent - unpainted and without any fabric backing, I made hooks from paper clips to hang necklaces on.
A beautiful accent - unpainted and without any fabric backing, I made hooks from paper clips to hang necklaces on.

What you need:

Picture frame

Wire mesh/Window screen (Find it: at a hardware store, a thrift store, or off a broken screen laying around)

Heavy duty stapler

Hot glue gun (heavy duty ones work better than small craft ones)



Needle nosed pliers or knife (to remove to remove any staples or nails in picture frame)

Picture hanging kit (if the frame doesn't already have hardware on it)


Paint and paintbrush

Old rags, newspapers, a cloth or towel

An empty toilet paper roll

Spice Up the Backing!

Get creative and use items other than wire mesh or window screens!

- lace

- chicken wire

- mesh bags from apples, onions or potatoes

- string several wires across in a straight line...

Step #1 - Find a cheap all wood picture frame.

Ones without glass are optimal because they are very well priced. Here is my $2.50 picture frame - I've already taken the picture out that was nailed in it using needle nosed pliers.


A light sanding ensures that the new coat of paint sticks well, avoiding any chipping from dropping or bumping your frame during use!

Step #2 - Lightly sand the picture frame.

I usually use 150 grit sandpaper.

If you will not be repainting the frame, or are feeling a little lazy, skip this step.

Step #3 - Wipe down frame with water.

Even if you're not painting it, you want a nice fresh and clean piece.

Let it dry thoroughly.

Step #4 - Prop your frame up off your work surface

Cover your work area with newspaper and prop up your frame - I just cut a toilet paper tube and place the circles under each corner. Having it propped off the table ensures you can get one coat of paint on the entire frame all at once without having to move it (which saves you time in the long run!).

Step #5 - Paint the frame.

Two coats of paint should cover it - be sure the paint drys completely between each coat. The higher the quality of paint (like Benjamin Moore), the less coats needed, and the faster it dries.

Step #6 - Staple or glue screen onto frame

Place a cloth or towel on your work surface before flipping your frame over onto it to prevent any scratches on your new paint.

I prefer staples as this lets the screen stay nice and tight, and is a lot easier. However, if the wood on your frame isn't thick enough, the staples will go through the wood on the other side. In this case it is best to use a hot glue gun.

With Staples:

You want to fasten it right in the crease of the frame where the glass would have lain in. Don't cut the screen yet. Lay it over your frame to get an idea. Start at the top in the middle with one staple and work your way out. Then pull the screen down to the bottom, pull tight and start from the middle again. Do the same at the sides, always keeping it tight.

With a Hot Glue Gun

Start the same - at the top of the frame, fastening it at the middle with a bead of glue. You will have to work quickly, placing a line of glue in the crease, pulling the screen tight, and then using a butter knife or screwdriver, pressing the screen into the crease.

Quickness and a very hot glue gun are the key to this method. It may take a few tries. Remember to clean your knife of any dried on glue every time, and let the glue dry well before starting the bottom and sides of the frame.

I have also tried another technique for this. Holding my thumb and forfinger several inches apart as they hold the screen into place, I place a line of hot on top of the screen between those fingers, working in segments. This has given it a neater finish.

Get creative - here are some more screen ideas for your earring holder:

M-D Building Products 57010 1-Feet by 2-Feet .020-Inch Thick Elliptical Aluminum Sheet
M-D Building Products 57010 1-Feet by 2-Feet .020-Inch Thick Elliptical Aluminum Sheet

Here are some things other people have used successfully to put inside their picture frame to hold earrings!

- aluminum sheet

- cork board

- lace or doilies (vintage crochet doilies!)

* Add hooks to the bottom of your frame to hold necklaces!


Decorative Metal Backings!

A Radiator Cover Cut to Size

Jen from iheartorganizing found the cutest backing for her picture frame earring holder! She is full of creative ideas on all kinds of things, so be sure to check it out!

Find one yourself on the Amazon links above!

Step #7 - Cut off any excess screen

Cut it as close to the frame as you can and glue any ripples to the side.

Step #8 - Glue a backing of material onto your frame

Use the same method as the screen, however this goes flat on the back of the frame. Loosly cut out a portion of your material, leaving extra room to work with. Position material onto frame, secure at the top with a bead of glue in the middle and work your way out. Once dry, pull tight the bottom and do the same. Continue onto the sides.

Step #9 - Trim off excess material

Use scissors to trim off excess material, or you can try an exacto knife and metal ruler for a neater edge.

Optional: Use masking tape for a neater back if your edges are really rough.

Step #10 - Final product!

Here is your beautiful earring holder!

Is this picture frame a project you think you will try someday?

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A gift custom made to match a friends bedroom decor.

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The Best and Easiest Screwdriver for Any Household Project - My right-hand man...

SKIL 2336-02 iXO 3.6-Volt Cordless Screwdriver
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I love this screwdriver because it has more power and battery life than any other hand held household battery operated screwdriver, it's faster than a regular screwdriver - even for replacing batteries in toys, but it's a lighter and smaller fit for a womans' hand compared to the heavy duty power drill.

This screwdriver covers just about every household task! Crafts, hanging pictures on your walls, replacing knobs, hinges and pulls, fastening furniture to your walls, assembling furniture and toys...I've even built a sandbox with this screwdriver and drill bit. The hex bits included replace the Allen keys for Ikea purchases and makes it a breeze to assemble.

This tool has made it's way up from the workshop and is now kept in the kitchen drawer, ready for any little job that calls it's name - with a battery life that just amazes me! I've owned this screwdriver for over 10 years and have only had to charge it a few times every year! No more buying and replacing batteries which last only as long as the job does!

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: How do stud earrings stay in since there is a fabric backing on the frame?

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      Debbie Hawkins 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Rem Lily: You won't be disappointed if you do! It's so much fun to have a quick and affordable project to admire!

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      Rem Lily 

      7 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea! I make jewellery and have been looking for a way to display the earrings that doesn't cost the earth. I'll be going to look for some nice frames at the weekend I think. Thanks :).

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      starfairy lm 

      7 years ago

      I would sure love to try this out :)

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      7 years ago

      Great idea. I have never thought of it. Thanks

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      7 years ago

      thanks for the idea. my 3 yr old and i will be doing a craft in the very near future. she just got her ears pierced and already has a ton of ear rings (some from when mama was little).

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      7 years ago

      Great step by step instructions for a really neat and useful craft idea. I've featured your lens on my "50 Craft Ideas for Adults" page. Great job!

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      7 years ago

      good idea of coat stand, thanks.

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      8 years ago from USA

      * Blessed by the Craft Ideas SquidAngel * Great instructions and photos! I love the personal touch!

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      8 years ago

      Great idea! I sell earrings so this is a great idea for displaying them. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Great instructions! Thanks for the info!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Awesome idea and instructions! Love all of the tutorial photos!

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      8 years ago

      I love love love this ... I have spent all day searching the internet for something like this to buy and now I can make my own!!!

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      8 years ago

      Thank You, Your inspired me! I make earrings and have never had a good way to display them. I actually did not make a display like you did but found a neat piece of welded wire in the barn which I hung on the wall. I may make one like you show soon. Thank You

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      8 years ago

      This is great, I especially like the idea of using lace!!

    • SquidooFanatic profile image


      9 years ago

      I like this lens and plan to put it into action for my ever growing earing collection. **blessings**

    • jimk4 profile image


      9 years ago

      What a great lens. This is so creative! I "LIKED" it. Come stop by some of my lenses and spread the love!

      Whichever ones look interesting to you! Thanks a lot!!

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      9 years ago

      What about...using hand knit fabric instead of the screen?

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      Sara Duggan 

      9 years ago from California

      Fabulous Tutorial - Love this idea and would think that the handmade jewelers out there will adore this for shows this season.

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Interesting Project. Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star! these frames would make great Christmas gifts - esp with a new pair of earrings attached!

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      9 years ago

      A very interesting idea! well explained!5*

      congrats on the purple star!

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on the purple star! I was fortunate enough to be able to choose the purple star recipients this week. You can read more comments about why your fabulous lens was chosen on my Quest lens here:

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This is beautifully presented and I love the craft itself. Makes me want to get started right away! Great job!

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      Mickie Gee 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful idea. Must find time to make this project.

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      9 years ago

      Great step-by-step for a practical and pretty item. Now you need a frame to hang your Angel blessing :-)

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      9 years ago

      Great photos - easy to follow directions. Even I could do this! Well done.

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      9 years ago

      Excellent idea and definitely a great page!


    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      Excellent idea and definitely a great page!


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      9 years ago

      The best part about this project is that you can use different frame style to fit any décor....sleek for modern, aged for shabby chic, etc. I plan to make 3 different sizes to group together for an interesting display.

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      9 years ago

      @only1bub: Thanks for this idea. Going to try it with my granddaughter and appreciate the idea of not putting a backing on so you can put the plugs on the earrings easier to hold them in place.

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      Debbie Hawkins 

      9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      [in reply to Angel 101] I believe they call it a fiberglass screen - like this one in the picture. I've also heard of people using chicken fence wire. I find that some of my heavier earrings can fall out, so I just make sure I push that rubber stopper far onto the earring so that it doesn't obstruct the full "hanging ability"...

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      9 years ago

      What kind of screen do you need to use? I chose a vinyl screen Most of my earrings fell off of the screen b/c of their weight.

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      Debbie Hawkins 

      10 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      [in reply to c] I'm SO glad you liked them and that they proved helpful! I personally like the one without fabric backing the best so far - matches anything! I've had a few more friends request these for gifts as well. If you've made one, be sure to send me a link to a photo! :)

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      10 years ago

      thanks! i saw the idea at a friend's house and wanted to make sure that my method would work. your suggestions helped a lot, and i'm a HUGE fan of your pictures illustrating the steps. i made two (without the fabric backing), in no time!

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      10 years ago

      im a jr in college and just moved in to my 1st apartment so im short on cash and space and this is EXACTLY what i was looking for !! thanks so much!

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      Hi. I'm Squidoo.'s Gaint Mentor. You've done a wonderful job here. I wanted to make sure you are aware of our Giant Squid Lensmaster program.

      You can learn more about it here.

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      Debbie Hawkins 

      10 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      [in reply to Jimmie] lol I never noticed the glue gun before - it does look well used! Thanks so much for your blessing and visit! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I hereby bless this lens.

      A GREAT tutorial for a simple yet practical project. I love how your glue gun is all raggedy -- it proves you're a TRUE crafter!

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      10 years ago

      This is a brilliant idea. I love it!!


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