Whether you have a huge collection, or just a few special pieces, a jewelry organizer is a must.
Earring pairs and matching sets get displaced, necklaces get tangled, and it takes a lot of time to find the jewelry you are looking for.
Jewelry organizers can be expensive, but there are so many affordable DIY options.
Today we’re sharing the best DIY jewelry organizers for every need.
Why Make a DIY Jewelry Organizer?
There are a lot of great reasons to make your own jewelry organizer. Here are just a few:
DIY jewelry organizers are more affordable, and many use materials you already have at home.
When you make your own jewelry organizer, you can make it exactly as large or small as you need for your pieces. You can also make it to fit precisely in the place you want, with the style and colors you prefer.
Feature Your Collection
Jewelry is not only beautiful when it’s being worn. Your jewelry can also be displayed, and be beautiful to the eye while it stays organized and easy to access. A DIY jewelry organizer can be a lovely piece of décor.
DIY jewelry organizers can be hung from a wall, protected in a box, tucked in a drawer, or even displayed like artwork.
With so many reasons, and so many ways, to make a DIY jewelry organizer, there’s no reason not to take on this fun little project. Here are some great DIY jewelry organizers to inspire you.
DIY Jewelry Organizers: Wall-Hanging Jewelry Organizers
Fast and Easy DIY Jewelry Organizer from a Thread Rack
This project couldn’t be easier. Simply find a thread rack at a sewing store, thrift store, or order it online.
A thread rack is a natural way to keep necklaces and bracelets untangled and easy to access, and can also be used to organize rings and wire earrings.
Thread racks are designed to be hung from the wall, or to be set on a surface like a picture frame.
You may want to decorate it with paint, washi tape, or decoupage, to personalize it and blend it in with your décor.
DIY Jewelry Organizer from a Picture Frame
Making a DIY jewelry organizer is a great use for an old picture frame. If you don’t have one, consider looking in thrift or resale shops for a picture frame that you like.
You may also want to paint or decorate your frame. Once you have a picture frame you like, fill the frame with jewelry-friendly material, like:
The huge range of options allows you to choose the look that suits your style and fits your frame size. To hang your jewelry from the frame, you may need:
- Pegboard accessories that allow you to hang a wide range of objects and containers from a pegboard
- Screw hooks that allow you to hang jewelry from the bottom and sides of the frame
- S-hooks that allow you to hang items directly from a metal mesh
- Pins that allow you to hang jewelry from a corkboard, and consider decorative pins like these
Modifying a picture frame is an incredibly versatile way to make your own jewelry organizer, customizing your storage options and displaying your jewelry as art.
Cute DIY earring organizing tip: To hang post earrings from a wall-hanging jewelry organizer, consider using the openings in a pretty piece of lace to hang your post earrings.
DIY Jewelry Organizers: Freestanding Jewelry Displays
DIY Sculptural Jewelry Display Hand
You’ve probably seen beautiful model hands displaying jewelry in your favorite stores. But you can easily DIY your own jewelry display hand. To make this DIY jewelry organizer, you will need:
- Thick rubber gloves. Disposable gloves used for cleaning are perfect
- A disposable cup the size of the wrist opening of the glove. Look for a smooth paper cup rather than a ridged cup.
- Paint or decoupage for decoration (optional)
To make this DIY:
- Cut the bottom off of the disposable cup.
- Place the cup, bottom first, in the glove. Try to make a pleasing shape, where the opening of the cup naturally forms the “wrist” of the hand. You may need to trim the cup a bit to make a nice silhouette.
- Hang the empty glove and cup upside down. You may need to use clothespins to suspend it, and it’s a good idea to hang it over a sink, bucket, or tub in case of spills.
- Mix the plaster according to package directions.
- Pour the plaster into the cup, where it will flow out of the bottom and fill the glove. Pour the plaster until it forms a smooth surface level with the rim of the cup.
- Allow the plaster to dry according to package directions, typically for 48 hours.
- Peel away the glove and cup, exposing the plaster hand.
- You may want to sand any seams or uneven spots, so it is smooth and sits flat when placed upright.
- You may want to paint or decorate your plaster hand, but it isn’t necessary.
This DIY plaster hand can be used to display rings, bracelets, and other jewelry, with an upscale, jewelry-store look.
DIY Jewelry Organizer from Natural Tree Branches
You can make your jewelry into a beautiful display piece using just the natural twigs and branches you might find in your yard. It’s a great way to express your creativity and appreciation of nature, while transforming your jewelry into a beautiful tabletop display. To make this craft, you will need:
- A tree branch of your preferred size, along with some additional twigs
- A wooden block, wooden bowl, or a vase
- A drill
- A screwdriver
- A hot glue gun
- Spray paint or varnish, optional
To make this craft, follow these steps:
- Evaluate your tree branch. If necessary, trim it shorter to give it a flat base
- If your tree branch doesn’t have enough forks and twigs to hold all of your jewelry, add new twigs by:
- Choosing a drill bit the same size as the stem of your twig
- Drilling a small hole in your branch to receive the twig
- Hot gluing the twig in place on the branch
- Once you are happy with your branch, and it has a flat base, you may choose to spray paint or varnish it.
- To build a base for your tree branch jewelry holder, you might:
- Drill a hole into a block of wood and use hot glue to secure the branch inside the block
- Place the branch in a wooden bowl, and use screws from the bottom of the bowl to hold the branch in place
- Place the branch in a vase, and use vase-filler to hold the branch in place
Using a bowl is a nice option, because you can then use it as a trinket bowl for loose pieces. Any way you choose, this DIY jewelry organizer is also a gorgeous piece of natural décor in your home.
DIY Jewelry Organizer: Boxes
Easy DIY Jewelry Box
This fast, easy DIY jewelry box starts with a basic wood box, widely available at craft stores. Line the bottom of the box with flexible hair curling rods, to easily organize and store finger rings, earrings, and other jewelry items.
Consider decorating the box with painting or decoupage, adding a mirror to the inside, or even attaching decorative feet. If you want to dress up the foam rollers, consider lining them with your choice of fabric.
DIY Cardboard Jewelry Box
A DIY jewelry organizer from cardboard is incredibly simple, affordable, and customizable.
It’s also a great way to upcycle your old cardboard boxes, and turn them into something useful and beautiful. To make a DIY cardboard jewelry box, follow these steps:
- Choose a cardboard box the size you want for your jewelry box.
- Turn it on its side, with the opening toward you.
- With a sharp utility knife, remove the external box flaps. If necessary, trim the sides of the box down so it’s the correct depth.
- Once you have a box that is the correct size to be your jewelry box, reinforce the sides and back by gluing two more layers of cardboard all around the outside of the box.
- Determine how high you want your drawers to be. Depending on the size of the box, you may want two or three drawers, or create a drawer in the front, and a lifting lid on the top.
- Measure and mark the desired height of the drawers.
- Create shelves for your jewelry box by gluing together at least three sheets of cardboard, cut to the correct size. You may want to weigh the sheets down with old books or tin cans to make sure they dry flat
- Use hot glue to glue the shelves in place in your jewelry box, at the marked height of your drawers
- Make drawers by making shallow cardboard boxes at the correct size to fit below your shelves.
- Add a second layer of cardboard to all sides of the drawer for reinforcement
To make a lift-open lid:
- Slice the edges of the top of your jewelry box, so that it lifts open. You may want to remove the lid altogether, and then reattach it with box hinges.
- Add a piece of cardboard to the face of the box, closing off the front so it’s only accessible from the top lid.
- Decorate your cardboard jewelry box by gluing fabric or craft paper to all the surfaces.
- Add knobs or drawer pulls to the drawer fronts and the lid.
You may choose to create partitions inside the drawers for greater organization. Consider using hair rollers to create a place for storing rings or post earrings.
You may also want to cover cardboard tubes (like toilet paper or paper towel tubes) with decorative paper, and placing them inside your drawers as a holder for watches or bracelets.
This is a simple and affordable DIY, but the huge range of options for decoration and embellishments is a great way to express your creativity.
Feel free to add lace, gemstones, and other decorative accents and really make it your own.
DIY Jewelry In-Drawer Organizers
Simple DIY Jewelry Drawer Organizer with Sake Cups
For a simple way to keep all your jewelry organized in a drawer, consider using small containers. Sake cups are a beautiful choice, but spice jars, ramekins, or any other small containers will do.
It’s a great way to keep all your jewelry visible and organized, and you can keep the containers inside a drawer or display them in a tray on your counter or vanity.
There are so many ways to keep your jewelry organized and accessible, while also showing it off and making a beautiful display.
There are DIY jewelry organizers to suit any style, every level of organization, and any size of jewelry collection.
These are fun and affordable projects that give you a great way to express your personal style and creativity. Make your own DIY jewelry organizer today.