DIY jewelry hanger made from a second-hand frame

Before I came to college, I had a wonderful jewelry organization system. The only problem is that it was huge! It was over two feet wide! Sadly, I realized I didn’t have room for that in my tiny college dorm room.


Once I decided I needed to downsize, I started looking around Pinterest to see what I could make. I found one that I liked made from a second-hand frame and decided to put my own spin on it.

The first thing I did was go buy supplies. I got a frame from Goodwill the size that I wanted to make my board. Then, I went to Michaels and purchased spray paint, cork board, burlap and spray adhesive. Finally, at Home Depot, I purchased drawer pulls and c-hooks. I know this list makes this project sound intimidating, but it’s actually a easy process to follow so don’t bail on me!

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* Second-hand frame is not pictured

The first step is to remove the original photo from the frame and sand it down. Then, I spray-painted it a color to match my room. One piece of advice is to choose a type of paint that is not high gloss or matte, especially when using a second-hand frame. Those finishes show every dent and scratch on your frame, which isn’t always a good thing.

The next step was to cut the cork board to fit inside the frame if you didn’t buy it the correct size. I used a box cutter, and it worked well. Make sure to measure the inside dimensions of the frame for your cutting purposes.

Once your cork board is cut, adhere the burlap (or any type of fabric you want) onto it using the spray adhesive. I find this type of adhesive is best for large areas like this, although you could use hot glue or tacky glue on the edges instead.

Following that, you must attach the hooks and pulls onto the board. The first thing I did was to lay out how I wanted the board to look without actually attaching anything. This gave me an idea of where everything would be and what the finished product would look like. I decided on four hooks for necklaces and three drawer pulls for earrings and rings. The drawer pulls are great because dangly earrings can hang on the edges and studs and rings sit inside.

Once I had my layout, I twisted the hooks into the board (with a little help from my dad of course). Then, for the drawer pulls we just treated it like we were installing them into a cabinet and screwed them in.

Liberty Hardware has an excellent tutorial for any beginners!

We installed ours upside down so that there was storage on the inside and so that earrings were able to hang off the edges.

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The last step was to instal your completed cork board piece into the frame. I hammered mine in just to make sure it was secure!

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Now you have a beautiful, handmade jewelry holder that is completely customizable to your personal collection.

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Inspired by: Craftgawker

How will you make this project your own? What would you add in order to accommodate your jewelry collection?

BONUS PROJECT: Some of my heavier, more bulky necklaces weren’t able to fit on the board, so I just used a push pin right beside it to hold them! This is super-easy and only requires one supply! This is perfect for all your trendy bubble necklaces, ladies!



2 thoughts on “DIY jewelry hanger made from a second-hand frame

  1. AH! This idea is adorable and I like your version even better than the pinterest one! I want to make one now:) I love that this post has so many picture examples along with the text so that you can really understand how you made it. Awesome job!! Fun idea for a blog!

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