Do It Yourself Tuesdays: The Corkboard Jewelry Holder

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Cork board jewelery display

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I don’t know how it happened really, but over the years I’ve accumulated quite a large jewelery collection. I think a lot of it came from my Bat Mitzvah, when I got more bracelets than I knew what to do with (oh what I would give to trade all that in for cold, hard cash). Still, today I’m lucky to have a very impressive jewelery collection.

It’s so “impressive” that I often get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff. It’s everywhere – in bowls, in bags, in my mini-fridge (though I can blame Keystone Light and a power hour for that one). It’s a mess.  My necklaces get tangled, rings get broken and earrings are separated from their mates. I got so overwhelmed that I had to find a solution and – yay for me – I came up with the perfect answer to my jewelry problems. Bonus: it also happens to be a great and unique way to spruce up a boring wall:

The Corkboard Jewelry Holder

Materials:
Small bulletin board
Box of pushpins (if you can find cute ones, that’s definitely a plus!)
Cork board strips (you can get them at Staples)
Hammer
Nails/Double Sided Tape

Steps
1. Go around your room and gather all of the jewelery you wish to display.
2. Separate it all by type: 1 pile for necklaces, 1 for earrings, etc.
3. Discard any lone earrings (let’s be real – you aren’t going to find the other half anytime soon).

For Necklaces and Bracelets:
1. Hang the bulletin board on the wall using the hammer and nails. If you’re not allowed to use nails in your dorm room, try some really heavy double-sided foam tape.

2. Place the push pins across the top edge of the bulletin board, about a finger’s width apart.

3.  Hang necklaces and bracelets on the pushpins.

Note: If you have a lot of bracelets, make two rows of pushpins: put the bracelets across the top and hang the necklaces beneath them.

For Earrings and Rings:
1. Hang cork strips on your wall using nails or double sided foam tape.

2. Insert 2 pushpins approximately a finger’s width apart.

3. Hang earring/ring on the pushpins and adjust if necessary.

4. Repeat.

Note: For non-dangly “stud” earrings you can poke a holes in the cork board using a push pin. Then, just stick your earrings in the holes you made. I don’t recommend directly sticking your earring posts in the board, because they will bend or break.

Warning: Once your jewelery is neatly organized and out there for the world to see you may have to fight off the grabby hands of a little sister/roommate/best friend. But at least the new organization will allow you to know which adorable accessory is missing….

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