DIY Extreme Jewelry Organizer


A couple weeks ago a number of my necklaces got in a knot. A big one. I mean a it-took-me-almost-two-hours-to-undo knot. I was, needless to say, extremely frustrated with it all. I don’t know how many people have this problem but I do. Part of the reason I have this problem a lot is probably because I sell jewelry on etsy, with almost half of my items being necklaces, so I have more around me than most. Most of these have very delicate chains, making it much easier to knot and much harder to undo.

Now, I have a beautiful frame jewelry organizer for my store jewelry that looks like this:

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And even two I recently made and did a tutorial for my own personal jewelry like these:

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Heck, I even have a beautiful jewelry jewelry box my husband got me when we were first married.

But alas, it was not enough. While these were great for someone who has lots of earrings, which I do, I just have too many necklaces! What’s a girl to do? So the solution came to me. Hooks, LOTS of hooks in one extreme jewelry organizer that ended up with 39 hooks and two bars to hold earrings!

It was very simple actually, all inspired by a Goodwill find.

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I’m not sure but I believe this is one of those art cases you get for kids with different types of paint, pencils, and other art stuff. If you don’t have that any wood will do. You can usually get it at Home Depot and they can help cut to size if you don’t have power tools.

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I unscrewed the hinges and handles. I probably should have filled it with putty or something but I didn’t, I knew where it was going and that area would not be seen by anyone so I didn’t worry about it. Because I wanted it flat I did put some E-6000 where the hinges opened so it wouldn’t be flopping around.

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I then marked out where I wanted the hooks. I spaced it out every two inches and alternated every other row. On the bottom two rows I just put one hook at each end. This is where I put wooden dowels to hang earrings. Looking back I probably should have sanded but I didn’t, I was just too excited!

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Then I went crazy with the spray paint! I sure am loving that stuff lately. It takes an ordinary, fairly unattractive piece and turns it into something new and clean!

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On the hooks you can hang whatever you’d like.

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I hung mostly necklaces but also bracelets and even earrings on the hooks.

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The dowel is perfect for earrings, makes it easy to see and you can fit a lot on it!

I have had this up in my office/craftroom/jewelry making area for about a week and I am SERIOUSLY loving it.

NOTE: I have had some questions about the tutorial so hopefully this helps!

Where did you get a case like that? 

First of all this particular piece of ‘wood’ was actually a wooden art case that I found at Goodwill and just made it work. It was pretty thin and not a solid piece which was nice because it was light weight and easy to screw hooks on. Being a frequent visitor to Goodwill I have never seen anything like it but you could just use a solid piece of wood, my husband actually makes jewelry organizers with solid wood, you can find them here it just takes a little more elbow grease to screw in the hooks. Make sure you do a hole first with either drill with a smaller bit or you could even hammer in a small nail. A pre-done hole makes it much easier to get the hooks in.

How do you put on the hooks? 

The hooks are just screwed on, easy peasy. Ok not so easy because it takes a little bit of work the screw them all in but in the end it’s totally worth it. I did them in two batches because my fingers got sore. To start off the hook I punched a small hole to get it started (you can use a nail or something similar).

What are the metal hooks holding the earrings? 
The earring holders are actually two (maybe three) hooks with a wooden dowel resting in the hooks. You can find them at Home Depot or online.


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  1. oh my girls would have that loaded up in no time! great idea! i'm thinking i need one to hang craft supplies on! thanks for sharing :O)

  2. Very handy organizers. You can check my post from Monday for a similar idea. Don't you just love stuff like this?!

  3. I'm sooo glad i found your blog today,, I made a jewelry holder similar to one of yours, but didnt have anything for the necklaces,, this is a great idea.. thanks for sharing.

  4. This is amazing. Definitely my favorite jewelry organizer ever. I could see this fitting perfectly into my apartment (and getting used ALL THE TIME.)

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

  5. Hi there! I'm featuring this project today. Because it's so awesome.

  6. Found you on WFMW, that's a great idea!

  7. I have hte same problem with my necklaces… I think I need to think "extreme" as well. Great idea!

  8. wow!! this is super clever and turned out awesome. really great project with lots of pretty jewelry 🙂

  9. Great idea and looks adorable too! My daughters would love these as well! Fun project we could do together. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I am seriously lovin' it as well! Super idea! I need this as well!

  11. I LOVE IT!! That is a fantastic idea and I think it is exactly what my daughter needs. Just the other day she tried to pick up another jewelry box at a thrift store because hers is overflowing. This would definitely work better for her. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Very ingenious idea!!

  13. Great job! I love it! 🙂

  14. These are simply amazing! I Love the white frame – fabulous! The wood is also gorgeous! Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance ~ Hope you are enjoying your weekend! These are really neat – great job on all of them!

  15. I'm not surprised you're loving it. It looks good and it sounds like the perfect solution for your jewelry. Great job!

  16. Wow that looks fabulous!

  17. Truly inspired. I'm loving it and I am bookmarking this post. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Great idea. Very cute and functional! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

  19. That is a great idea! I love all the ones you have made! I've done a couple myself using window screen and they are so fun!

  20. Hi there! I am stopping by from Works for Me Wednesday. I enjoyed your post about jewelry organizers. That is the biggest one I have seen around the blogosphere yet!

    Stop over and visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime.


  21. This is fantastic. I love all your organizers, very cute but this one, well it is extreme-ly awesome!

  22. These are great organizers! Thanks for sharing your post for Friday Favorites!

  23. Great Organizing! I'm hosting my 2nd We're Organized Linky party and I would love it if you'd like to stop by and join the party. There's a giveaway too. I hope to see you there.

  24. I sooooo need to do this. My jewelry is in just one big knot on my dresser. This is the best organizing idea I've seen for jewelry in awhile. Good job!

  25. Great idea. I have two necklaces that are all tangled up right now. I really should make one of these!

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  26. oooohhhhh…I need one of these! Great idea!

    Thanks for linking up!

  27. I've been needing to find a better way to store my ever growing jewelry collection. Thanks for the ideas!

  28. I would love to know the color of spray paint, it appears almost khaki, love it! If you recall the color, would you mind sharing?

  29. Thank you so much for the inspiration! This is such a great idea that I made one today almost exactly like yours. I've been looking for a good jewelry organizer for years and this is the first one I've found that looked like it would actually work well for my many many necklaces and earrings. Thank you so much for posting your tutorial!

  30. Anonymous says:

    hi, i absolutely love this idea! However i can't seem to find a reasonably priced wooden artcase similar to the one you used, so i was wondering what the dimensions of the hanger you made were so i could instead use a piece of solid wood to make my own. Thanks!

  31. Awesome! I'm going to use your jewelry organizer as a guide when I turn a couple shallow drawers I took from a beat up dresser that was beside a dumpster. (It was a dresser anybody would want to refinish) and I can use some of the extra knobs I took from the remaining drawers of the dresser! Thank you for simple explanation on how to do another one!

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