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How to Make a Jewelry Organizer

Updated on April 22, 2013
Recycling craft project: make a jewelry organizer
Recycling craft project: make a jewelry organizer | Source

If you have a lot of jewelry it can be very annoying to store, it needs to be stored in a way that you can see it, and it tends to tangle if it’s all in one place. Most jewelry is stored in a jewelry box, but having your jewelry all in one place can make things disorganized: if they aren’t stored correctly, many pieces of jewelry can get tangled up. It takes a lot of time to untangle jewelry from a knot, and that can damage your pieces. Luckily there are many ways to store jewelry to keep it organized. An organized jewelry collection can be very rewarding. When it’s organized, everything displays well, it’s easy to find something that you are looking for and it keeps your pieces in wonderful condition.

In this tutorial, I have chosen to make a very simple organizer out of a cookie box. It’s something that anyone can make, using things that you probably already have lying around your house. The fun in making your own organizer, is that you can customize it to look any way you want, and it won’t cost you very much to make. This is an easy craft, it’s very inexpensive and you can reuse items you have around the house for the project. It's a great project if you love recycling and turning things that are no longer useful into something else.

Materials You Will Need

  • Cookie box
  • Decorative paper (construction, scrapbook paper, gift paper etc)
  • Mod Podge
  • Ruler
  • Scissors and/or paper cutter
  • Stickers, rhinestones and /or other embellishments

Reuse cookie tins and trays for a homemade project.
Reuse cookie tins and trays for a homemade project. | Source

Make a Jewelry Organizer with a Cookie Box

To begin with making a jewelry organizer, have a look around your house to see if you have a box that would be perfect for storing jewelry. For this project, I decided that an empty cookie box would be perfect. Cookie boxes have compartments that are the perfect size for storing necklaces, bracelets and earrings.


Hint: Look for something with compartments and don’t worry about what the outside looks like because you will decorate it after. Items that once held cookies are perfect for holding jewelry because of the size. When you find your container, I recommend that you wash the cookie compartments out before you begin crafting. Make sure that there are no crumbs and that it’s clean for your jewelry.

Homemade jewelry organizer using a cookie box
Homemade jewelry organizer using a cookie box | Source

To start your project, if the top of the cookie box is attached, remove it. Next, remove the cookie tray and set it aside for later. Then select paper to decorate your organizer. Choose how you want decorate it by deciding on a theme. Decide what you want and where you are going to put it. You can use any kind of paper that you want, such as wrapping paper, construction paper, scrapbook paper or whatever else you have handy. Keep in mind that thinner paper is easier to work with. Measure out pieces of paper that fit well enough to cover the exposed areas of the container. Glue the pieces down with Mod Podge or white glue.

What the empty cookie box looks like before the project
What the empty cookie box looks like before the project | Source
If necessary, remove the cookie box top.
If necessary, remove the cookie box top. | Source
Measure out pieces of paper for your jewelry organizer.
Measure out pieces of paper for your jewelry organizer. | Source
Apply glue to the inside of your cookie box.
Apply glue to the inside of your cookie box. | Source
Glue the paper onto your jewelry holder.
Glue the paper onto your jewelry holder. | Source
Cover the entire jewelry box with paper
Cover the entire jewelry box with paper | Source

Glue all your paper onto any edges that you want to cover up. Once the paper is dry, make sure that all parts of the paper have glued properly on to your container. If you want to give your organizer a glossy look, you can add a top coat of glossy Mod Podge. I like using Mod Podge because it works as a glue as well as a finish and top coat for my craft projects.

Once you are satisfied with the look of your jewelry organizer, you can add a design, decorations and embellishments if you wish.

Purple animal print jewelry organizer.
Purple animal print jewelry organizer. | Source
Add embellishments to your homemade container.
Add embellishments to your homemade container. | Source
Homemade animal print jewelry organizer
Homemade animal print jewelry organizer | Source

Almost Done!

One last step: Replace the cookie tray into your organizer and add your jewelry!

The finished product lets you display your jewelry in a way that allows you to see everything. It’s definitely a more organized way to store your jewelry. This organizer can be used for other things too: You can use it to store things like beads, desk supplies, small toys and other accessories.

homemade jewelry holder
homemade jewelry holder | Source
How to make a hanging jewelry holder
How to make a hanging jewelry holder | Source

Do you want to hang up your jewelry instead? I created a very simple hanging jewelry organizer that anyone can make. It’s great if you want to hang up your necklaces, bracelets and earrings and you can store your jewelry in your closet. Best of all, it will only cost about 2 dollars to make! Check out my tutorial: Make a Jewelry Hanger in 3 Easy Steps.

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