Saturday, October 23, 2010

earring holder from a frame

It's been awhile since I've had a fun remake. My mom and I came up with this one. She was looking for an earring holder that wouldn't take up much room. I think our finished frame came out super cute and would make a fun gift.

I think it's going to be our annual 'Thanksgiving girls project' with my sisters. Last year my sisters and I worked on this headband. The year before it was jersey knit scarves. The year before I think it was some type of jewelry project.

Here's what you need for this quick remake earring holder.

1 empty frame
a piece of screening- the soft window screening kind (this can come on a roll or can be a scrap from a damaged window. (It happens!)
hot glue or other favorite strong glue
some kind of decorations- We used fabric flowers

Take all the insides out of your frame. Cut the screen to the size of opening. You'll be gluing this inside the back of the frame. Not to the back of the frame, but to the inlaid opening where the glass fits into.

Glue in place carefully. You don't want the glue to sneak over to the other side. I fit the screen in and then added the glue right on top. the glue dropped itself into place through the screen holes.

This is the picture I took out of this frame. Isn't this picture cute? It's one of my favorites. That's my dad and my youngest sister on my wedding day. That little flower girl drives a car and takes pictures now. That day she kept smelling the flowers and making up new scents for them, pizza and bread.

Decorate however you like.

I used fabric flowers. They are all over the blogosphere right now. There are lots of tutorials out there right now about how to make them. I just tore off-white muslin in about 1 inch strips. The strips were about 1 yard long to start. I tied a loose knot at the end and then started slowly wrapping and twisting the strip around to make the petals. You could glue the fabric in place, but I stitched the turns in place with thread by hand.

We also used a piece of the same 1 inch torn muslin for the hanger. We wanted leaves too, so we added some torn pieces of an olive greenish fabric too. I think an oversized piece of old jewelry or some other decorative piece would look nice as the finishing touch.

Just add earrings. Apparently I need more earrings!

My mom's frame was the square one and the opening was roughly 7 inches by 7 inches. The opening for mine is a 5x7. It holds fewer earrings that hers. I wouldn't go any smaller than a 5x7.

If you make this project, I'd love to see your work. Leave me a comment with a link to your blog or your flickr page, or email me directly. Happy remaking!

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Pamela Michelle said...

New Follower! Just love this! I have a craft sale next weekend and this would be perfect to display my earrings. Going to attempt making this little gem :) Thanks!

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! said...

This turned out so nice. Pink and black together are my favorite. Beautiful earrings btw! I'd love for you to add this to my link party, "Sweets This Week" @

The Cannary's said...

I have all the stuff to make a couple of these - thanks for the tute! I will send pics when done (:

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I'm your newest happy follower.

Amie said...

Ooo this is great. I love that you used screen instead of chicken wire! (For earrings I bet it works way better.) It looks great, thanks for sharing!
Amie @

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