If you’re anything like me, you’re a crafty college girl who may or may not have an addiction to jewelry. You also may be a Disney fiend who reads too many gossip magazines…
Okay, so even if you’re not like me, you probably still have lots of necklaces and earrings lying around (what girl doesn’t love her some jewels?). And you probably have NO place to store them.
I don’t know about you, but I refuse to stuff away my nice necklaces in a jewelry box where they’ll end up tangled and tarnished and I don’t have space on my crowded mess of a desk for anything better. Not that I could afford a fancy jewelry box anyway; I’m a broke college girl with zero cashmoney living the dollar-a-slice lifestyle.
I decided to get a little creative (on the cheap) and come up with a way do store my jewelry and add some personal pizazz to my stark white walls. This on-the-wall jewelry hanger is a creative and easy way to store and display your jewelry. Plus, you’ll spend less time detangling your favorite necklaces and more time actually wearing them!
What You’ll Need:
Cork Board Tiles: Sold in sets of four, you can find these at Walmart, Target, or any office supply store. You’ll have to determine how many you’ll need based on how much jewelry you’re hoarding, but for all my necklaces and earrings (and I’m an addict, remember) I only needed 4 tiles.
Fabric: Optional. Any color, pattern, or design you want! This is your aesthetic choice. You’ll use the fabric to cover the cork tiles, so pick a color or design that matches the rest of your room. 1 yard of fabric will give you plenty of fabric to work with.
Ribbon: Again, any color, pattern, or design you want. This will add an extra polished touch to your jewelry hanger.
Pushpins: Grab the normal ones in any color. I personally recommend clear, white, or black because they will make the jewelry piece look more uniform.
Glue: You’ll need both super glue and a hot glue gun.
What You’ll Do
1. Place one cork tile on top of your fabric (design side down) leaving a 1-inch border of extra fabric surrounding your cork tile on all sides. Cut to size.
2. Line the cork tile with your hot glue on all four sides (like you’re drawing a square), then fold the extra fabric down onto the glue (one side at a time). When you fold down the extra fabric to glue down, make sure the fabric is pulled tight! Let dry. Do not turn over yet.
3. Take another cork tile and completely cover it with hot glue. Glue that cork tile to the fabric-lined cork tile (which is still not turned over) in step 2 by pressing the two tiles together and pressing down firmly. Let dry.
(Note: You need to double up on the cork boards so the pushpins/earring posts don’t go through and hit the wall. Do not skip this step!!)
4. Turn your cork tile over, which will now be covered in fabric and pretty. Yay!
5. If you want to add ribbon, cut your ribbon in the size of the cork tile sides and super glue them around the edges of our tiles. This will add some extra craftiness!
6. Using the adhesive sticky backings that come with your cork tiles, stick the tile piece to the wall.
Tip: if you’re hanging lots of jewelry, use some extra adhesive backings. You can buy these at office supply stores, Target, etc., for really cheap!
7. Now add the pushpins to your cork tile by lining them horizontally.
For an earring jewelry hanger: Place 4 pushpins about 2 inches apart from each other in a line at the top of the fabric tile. 3-4 inches underneath that first line, make a second row of pins. This time, though, use 5 pins and stagger them so they are between the row above (instead of directly under). Continue this process until you have 4 or 5 lines of pushpins. You will hang your dangles/hoops from the pins. If you have stud earrings, use a pushpin to poke holes in the fabric covered cork board and then push your stud earrings into the holes.
For a necklace/bracelet hanger: Place 4 pushpins about 2 inches apart from each other in a row at the top of the fabric tile. 5 inches underneath that first line, make a row of 5 pushpins (again, staggering them so they aren’t directly beneath the pins above).
8. Untangle that mess of jewelry and hang that ish up! Then enjoy the ease of finding your favorite necklaces.
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