Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jewelry Organizer

I just recently started collecting a lot of junk costume jewelry.  My jewelry box can hold all of my dainty stuff but I could never find anything large enough to hold all that clunky stuff that I throw around my neck every day.

One day after finishing one of those large carton of eggs, instead of throwing the empty carton away an idea hit me.  What if...

I took an empty egg carton





and then trim some tooth picks to fit nicely across the ridges







Glue them down with some Elmer's, and let dry.






Use thumb tacks to reinforce the tooth picks (I used some fabric glue to reinforce the tacks).  If you want something prettier, you can use buttons, ribbons, etc.  Let dry.






And then take some straight pins with the balls and stick them in at an angle.  Note, it's important to make sure you use the straight pins with the ball at the end, this will keep your jewelry from slipping off.







The pin at the top is not angled and can be used to hold your rings.  The angled pins should just barely stick into the bottom of the egg holder below.








Turn the carton over and apply hot glue to the back side of the pins, this reinforces the pins and keep them from moving around or falling out.






I then took a wire hangar, clipped it at the ends and hot glued it to the back of the carton.  If you want something a little more dainty you can use ribbon, lace, etc.






I had two half empty cans of spray paint to use.  One was ivory and the other jade.  I sprayed the ivory first and when that ran out I used jade on the outer edges (difficult to see from photos).  Afterwards I wrapped raffia around the hanger and then hot glued pieces of silk flowers onto it.

Hmmm, so far so good.







This is what it looks like when it's finished, but if you have some decorative trim or something you can always glue it around the edges.







Every morning I sit in front of my Armour to apply my makeup, which is where I keep my makeup & vanity mirror,  so I felt the best place to hang this was inside my Armour on the door.

Then came the exciting part...hanging my accessories on it.  I dug through my jewelry bag and box and discovered my toe rings I had forgotten I had.






I played around with my pearls & watches...










It was a perfect fit for my nail polish also...maybe I shouldn't call it a Jewelry Organizer; perhaps an Accessorizer instead.




It was like discovering new jewelry...all the stuff I forgot about or never took time to look for






I did lots & lots of rearranging, I even hung my shades on here (sorry no picture) but later took them down.  I then took my big clunky clip-on earrings,  I never wore, and clipped them on the top of my Jewelry Organizer for a decorative touch.  I figured, if I never wear them at least I'll see them every day.













I still have lots of jewelry to organize, so I'm now thinking perhaps I'll make two or three of these, one strictly for nail polish and the other for earrings, or perhaps just necklaces.  I'm a shade freak, maybe make one to hang my shades on...Oh, The Possibilities!

Who would have thought a simple egg carton like this...




Could be transformed into something useful and decorative like this?








Let's see, egg carton, toothpicks, thumb tacks, wire hangar and glue.  That's all you're going to need if you want to LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!

26 comments:

Kristin said...

Very creative and great up cycle!

Comeca Jones said...

Great idea Sherry!!!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Very clever! With your jewelry in place I wouldn't have guessed how it started out. It always feels good to use what you have, doesn't it?

Amy - while wearing heels said...

Are you kidding me? That is one heck of a transformation. Great job. I see your blog got a little transformation as well...I love it!

Sue@House Pretty said...

Who would have thought! Great way to recycle, and save the landfill one extra egg carton! Although, I have to say, whee I live, I've never seen an egg carton that big! Granted, we buy "free range" eggs in our home now, after hearing about the deplorable condition the hens are kept in...but, even before that, our egg cartons were a quarter of that size!

4you-withlove said...

This is AWESOME!!!! I love how you stored your nail polish as well!

Natalie said...

Wow - that is a fantastic idea!And it looks great too. xx Nat

Witha said...

This is brilliant idea Sherry! I love your project and following you now..

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Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Okay, this is pretty cool! I must admit though I was a skeptic there for a while ...

So glad I stuck it out till the fabulous end!

:)

Linda

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Uh-ha! Fabulous and awesome idea! Sherry this is so clever, I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out and it's terrific! Thanks for the tutorial too. Thanks for your lovely and kind visit pretty lady. Enjoy a great weekend.
FABBY

momto8 said...

duh?! I have stuff throw all over the place..thanks for this idea... a great way to keep things organized!!

Karla said...

That is such a great idea Sherry! I love it. Love love love recycling :)

Shelia said...

Hi Sherry! Oh, you are just amazing! This is a wonderful idea! How in the world did you think to use an egg carton? :) Your jewelry looks so pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

huda said...

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how you create it
thanks for sharing such a creative art

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The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

Absolutely FABULOUS my dear but everything that you do is!!! : ) sending hugs...

fiona anderson said...

What an ingenious idea Sherry - simply inspired !

Inspired by you said...

What a fantastic idea! Thanks for following me. I am your newest follower!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

HI Sherry,
Nice to meet you! Thanks for your recent visit and follow. Now I'm following you through Linky thingy. Your egg carton accessorizer is so clever!

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Whoa Sherry, what great recycling! This is an awesome way to organize and save money as you re-discover many of your jewelry pieces. Thanks so much for linking on Frugal Treasures Tuesday. Can't wait to see what you come up with for next week. : )

Kathy {Pearls in Paradise} said...

Love the organizer! It looks great and is so creative. Thanks for visiting my blog!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a great idea! I love re-purposing something into something useful! I need to re-create this!

Thanks for the inspiration.

blessings,
karianne

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

Great idea! So creative. :-) I'm looking forward to following you and seeing more of your creative projects.
Sharla

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

I thought you were going to paint the egg carton and keep it lying flat for inside a drawer to hold your jewels. That could work too! You make such neat things!

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