Picture Frame Earring Holders


Today’s DIY project was inspired by blog reader Denise, who wanted a fun DIY project for earrings. Hope this helps, Denise!

Keeping in the theme of jewelry displays that are actually pleasing to the eye, I decided to make use of some vintage lace I had from my Grandma. For this project I’ve made two versions of an earring holder. One version has hinges and involves a little more work, but it lets you open up the frame so you can put backs on post earrings – the other is very simple and great for fish hook earrings.

Fish Hook Earring Frame

What you’ll need

  • Picture frame
  • Lace
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Duct tape


1. Take apart the frame, and remove the glass from the frame and discard it.

2. Take the backing of the frame and trace the outline of the backing onto the paper you would like to have show through the lace. Cut out the paper — it should be the same size as the backing.

3. Paint the lace if desired. Painting the lace will make it stiffer and better for holding earrings. If you paint only one side of the lace, the other side will have an interesting, almost tie dye effect.


4. Take the backing of the frame and place it on the lace. Cut the lace so that there is a inch or so of border outside the backing.

5. Place the lace face down on the floor, followed by the paper you want to show through behind it (also face down) and finally the backing of the frame. Take the sides of the lace and bring them to the back, securing them with duct tape.

6. Place the lace-covered piece back in the frame and secure it in place. The frame I used had metal hinges to secure art, but you could also use duct tape to secure it. And you’re done!


Hinge Frame Jewelry Organizer

What you’ll need

  • 2 frames of the same size
  • Mirror that fits in one of the frames if desired
  • Lace
  • Paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small hinge set
  • Screw driver


1. After painting the lace, cut the lace so that it is about 1/2 inch wider and longer than the frame opening.

2. Take the glue gun and glue one side of the lace into the back of the frame. Wait for the glue to dry, then pull the lace taut and glue the opposite side of lace to the other side of the frame. Wait for the glue to dry and repeat the same steps with the two remaining unglued sides of lace.

3. Decide what you want to do with the back frame. Here I wanted to have a mirror, so I could look at it when putting on earrings. You can also make another simple earring holder for fish hook earrings, or make a smaller version of the jewelry frame from the last DIY post!

4. Attach the two frames with the hinge set. Measure and mark where you want the hinges to go before you pick up the screwdriver! And you’re done. Display it on your dresser or hang it on your wall!


Here are some blog readers’ projects inspired from the last DIY post:

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Emily's earring frame (left), and Hannah's earring frame (right).

Emily used one of her grandmother’s favorite scarves to create this jewelry frame.  Not only do we love the colors and pattern of the scarf she used, we’re also quite envious of Emily’s jewelry collection– those brooches are such great finds! Meanwhile, Hannah used silk scarves to create some wonderful patterns on her jewelry frames. And she’s taking them with her to Denmark this coming semester – we’re so jealous!


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    VT 01/21/2009 at 10:00 pm #

    Liz, great ideas; even though I am not going to make one of these (my earrings do not need to be hung), I love lace and admire your creativity and art.
    Also, I have a question, what is the most creative DIY project that you have done?
    keep up the good work 🙂

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    Katie 01/22/2009 at 12:13 am #

    I love this! I tried out the necklace organizer as well, using images of pulp novel covers from an old calendar instead of cloth.

    Only problem? I didn’t want to put tacks in the pictures of “tough guys” and “leggy dames,” so I lined the tacks around the edge of a raw-wood frame. Now I have new wall art *and* new organization!

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    Anna L. 01/22/2009 at 9:44 am #

    Oh my gosh I LOVE this idea! As soon as I get home today I am DEFINITELY trying it!
    I love lace!

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    kara 01/22/2009 at 11:40 pm #

    Ah! I love this, it’s soo cute 🙂 I can’t wait to make it this weekend. Thanks for the great ideas!

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    lucie béluga 01/23/2009 at 9:30 am #

    another brillant idea I’ll do it too , I also come to think those diy are gonna come handy for presents, I’m making some for next christmas!

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    ann 01/23/2009 at 6:20 pm #

    Oooh I just love lace and this project idea. I love all the MOD DIY features.

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    Liz 01/26/2009 at 12:49 pm #

    VT thanks for the question and the encouragement 🙂 I had a hard time thinking of my most creative DIY project! It took me a while, but I’d say two of my most creative projects were: 1) designing and making (with sewing help from my grandma) my senior year prom dress and 2) making a board game of a game I knew I wanted to play but didn’t exist!

    Hopefully I’ll have plenty more creative projects to come!

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    earrings jewelry 08/31/2010 at 9:50 pm #

    I also have thought for a long time to hitch on a DIY project. After I see this post, I am so impressed with this ingenious earrring frame. I will make one for myself. How excited to have a DIY project! Thanks for sharing.

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    Linda P. 04/14/2011 at 8:21 pm #

    wow, this is very creative. I like how its a wall ornament too.

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