Hello! It’s Kati from Houseful of Handmade again. Today I am excited to share a simple woodworking project with you, this easy DIY Jewelry Display for Earrings. I am a huge fan of woodworking. It has become kind of an addiction and I keep adding new tools when my budget allows. But sometimes you don’t need all the fancy power tools. You can make some simple, yet beautiful, pieces with the most basic tools.
For my daughter’s 4th birthday, she decided she wanted to have her ears pierced. We made sure to tell her that it would hurt and she faltered just a little bit. But after about a month, she was determined to have her ears pierced so we went to the mall. She was so brave and sat still while they pierced both her ears.
I made her wait a little longer than the normal 6 weeks to switch out her studs, but once we decided we were ready she couldn’t have been more excited to put in new earrings every day! And honestly, I love buying her cute little girly earrings. I am kind of glad we let her get her ears pierced when she was so little cause we can get super adorable earrings that she probably won’t want to wear when she gets older 🙁
After a couple months of me buying cute little earrings for her, I realized I needed a way to hold them all. I wanted something simple and easy for her to use. My dad made a jewelry display for my mom and had some left over pieces of the decorative aluminum sheets he used, so I grabbed them up to make my daughter an easy DIY jewelry display for her earrings.
I went back and forth on a few designs but decided to keep things super simple, so simple that you could make these without any power tools. I did use my miter saw to make my DIY jewelry display, but if you don’t have a miter saw (or are not a big fan of using power tools) you can always make the cuts with a miter box and hand saw. I also used a nail gun to secure the corners, but if you do not have one you can always use corner brackets to secure the corners with nothing more than a drill.
To get started, you need 30″ of a 1×1 board and 7″ of a 1×4 board. I used some left over knotty alder from my rustic railings I installed in our living room. I would recommend using a hard wood, and the knotty alder is a very budget friendly hard wood, but because you need such a small amount of wood, you could use a more expensive wood (like I did with my wood and steel serving tray) and it would still be pretty cheap.
Cut your boards according to the picture below. Cut the 1×1 board so the 7″ piece is cut at both ends with a 45 degree angle and the 9 1/4″ boards are cut at a 45 degree angle just on the one end. The given measurements are for the longest parts of the boards. Then I cut the other side of the 9 1/4″ boards at a 15 degree angle, but instead of cutting on the same side as the 45 degree angle, cut it so the front of the board is still 9 1/4″ and the back is shorter because of the angle. This will ensure that the frame holding the aluminum sheets leans back a bit over the base and makes it more stable.
Now it’s time to secure the boards. I added a little wood glue to the 45 degree cuts.
Then clamped them to my table to keep them steady (sadly I only have two hands, sometimes I really wish I had more, but instead I just use clamps). I put one 1 1/4″ nail into each side of the corner to secure it. Or you can put a corner bracket on the back and secure it with 1/2″ wood screws.
After I got the two top corners secured it was time to secure the frame to the base. I added a little wood glue and placed the frame on the base so the front was flush and the frame leaned back a little bit. The I used my nail gun again to put a nail into the bottom of the base up into the frame. Or instead of a nail gun, you could use a 1 1/4″ wood screw, but make sure to pre-drill it so you don’t split your wood.
Now the frame is all done. Yeah! Time to give it a quick sanding and then decide on a finish. I used a little bit of craft paint and painted my daughter’s jewelry holder a bright pink. She is a huge fan of pink. If I ever want her to like something, just make sure it’s pink and she will love it!
After the paint dried I put a little bit of furniture wax on it to seal it real good. It has to withstand my rambunctious daughter so a good seal is a necessity.
I cut the sheet of decorative aluminum to 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ so it was just a little bit bigger than the opening. I used a pair of tin snips to do this, but it was really easy to cut.
Then I secured the aluminum to the back of my DIY jewelry display. I used a handful of small nails and tacked them into the wood through a hole in the aluminum with a hammer. I went all around the outside until it was secured nicely and it was all done.
Now all we needed to do was load it up with my daughter’s earrings. She couldn’t have been more excited to have her own jewelry display for her earrings. I love that the little holes work beautifully for small stud earrings. You can easily add the back to the earring to keep it on the DIY jewelry display. But it also works for larger, dangly earrings because you can easily hang them from the holes too.
And the simple design was so perfect that I made one for myself too! I left the wood it’s natural color and just sealed it with wax. It’s so beautiful and perfect for my collection of earrings too. You can see the pictures of it here.
Thank you for letting me stop by and share the tutorial for this DIY jewelry display for earrings with you today!
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