Weekend Workshop: DIY Jewelry Hanger

February 12th, 2011 § 26 comments

In today’s Weekend Workshop we’ll be making a jewelry hanger.

I (L.) used to keep all my jewelry in a drawer or jewelry box, but I found that I would cycle between a few pieces that would live on my dresser and I’d never get to the other things that were stashed away. I decided to combat “out of sight, out of mind” by making this jewelry organizer that would allow my jewelry to hang in plain sight. I took the idea of those ribbon bulletin boards that were popular a few years ago (I definitely don’t pretend to have thought this up myself!) and put some leftover fabric and ribbon to use. True to my assumption I have been wearing a much wider range of necklaces ever since!


  • Bulletin Board
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Pushpins
  • Stapler or Staple gun

I made this in about 30 minutes and the first one I made I didn’t even use a staple gun because a regular stapler was doing the job just fine.

DIY Jewelry Hanger – Tools, originally uploaded by academichic.

Step 1:
Cut the fabric so that there is a 2-in or 3-in overhang so that the material wraps around to the back of the board. Position the fabric and use pushpins to anchor. You might also want to cut out the corners to make smoother folds.

DIY Jewelry Hanger – Step 1, originally uploaded by academichic.

Step 2: Staple fabric into place on back of board. Make sure to pull the fabric tight.

DIY Jewelry Hanger – Step 2, originally uploaded by academichic.

Step 3: Cut various lengths of ribbon and position on the board. Anchor with pushpins and secure to back with staples.

DIY Jewelry Hanger – Step 3, originally uploaded by academichic.

Steps 4 and 5: Weave in ribbons in other direction. Pin in place. Staple in back.

Step 6: Place pushpins (or cup-hooks) in 3-in intervals to make a diamond pattern.

DIY Jewelry Hanger – Step 6, originally uploaded by academichic.

Step 7: Admire your handiwork! Hang necklaces on pushpins and you can also stick brooches along the top edge.

DIY Jewelry Hanger – Complete!, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 26 Responses to Weekend Workshop: DIY Jewelry Hanger"

  1. JLY says:

    This is great. What do you do earrings?

  2. JLY says:

    I meant *with* earrings.

    • admin says:

      Hi JLY – I don’t have pierced ears, but I think depending on what kind of pushpins you use you could hang earrings on them too. Sorry I’m less helpful for earring hangers!


  3. sukytawdry says:

    I made an earring hanger out of an expandable window screen — the kind you buy in a hardware store to prop open windows that don’t have screens. It hangs vertically on a narrow wall in my bathroom. I put screws along the sides at 6″ intervals with wire strung between each pair of screws. I hang wire-back earrings by hooking the wire through the screen. I hang lever backs on the horizontal wires. Post earrings live in my jewelry box.

  4. Elissa says:

    I’m totally bookmarking this to do when I move this May. My jewelry storage system is currently unmanageable.

  5. Christina says:

    An easy way to hang earrings is to stretch one of those cheap lace tablecloths across a similar board such as this. Staple it to the back, and then hook your earrings through. My post earrings stay in my jewelry box or in a tool box for nails, and my wire ones I hang right up! It’s pretty too. You can even experiment with different colors of lace or use a French memo board. That’s what I did.

  6. Nadine says:

    You can hang earrings up with dressmaker pins.

  7. Martina says:

    Oh my gosh — so easy, I never would have thought! I’ve been using all sorts of little tricks and work-arounds to display my jewelry, but I think that might simplify a few things and look pretty in the process. Right now I have those over-the-door hanger things (this is their technical name, right?) on the door of my bureau and have been using them to hold my collection of bracelets. It’s surprisingly convenient, if a little bulky.

  8. JBC says:

    My trick for earrings is to have a lovely wrought iron lamp on the dresser. I hang all my fish hook earrings from the bars that make up the lamp’s structure.

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  10. A-C says:

    I am SO doing this as soon as I’m done with the bar exam next week.

  11. Terri says:

    This is too easy! My husband has just handcrafted me a beautiful jewelry rack and I don’t dare show him how much simpler it could have been!

  12. KaySue says:

    I’ve done something similar and LOVE it. It really helps see what I have and choose wisely. I found an earring stand at Clair’s and use that for all my earrings. Mostly, because I didn’t have enough room on my necklace board and I couldn’t find a good method to hang earrings with the necklaces.

  13. admin says:

    Thanks everyone for the tips on cool ways to organize earrings!

  14. Adina says:

    As a grad student myself I really enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for inspiring me to make my own jewelery hanger:


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  24. Mark Lopez says:

    This was an awsome tutorial. I am goinf to make one of these for my mother, I know she will love it. Thanks

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