How to Make Your Own Easy Picture Frame Earring Holder
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 décor 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.
What you need:
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!
- 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.
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:
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!
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