When you live in New York City’s smaller than normal dwellings, you have to real get creative with your organization and storage. Not too long ago, I was in search of a better way to store all of my jewelry. My collection of earrings is quickly approaching 100 pairs and, some months back, it began to outgrow the t-shirt and hanger thing-a-ma-jiger I was posting it on. I also have a growing love for necklaces and the door knob on my closet turned display rack was about to reach its breaking point.
So, I did what any resourceful NYC girl would do…I took a trip to HomeGoods and The Home Depot, found my glue gun, and set out to make a jewelry organizer for less than $20.
I ended up with this, which is as much an art installation in my room as it is a very useful organization system. I completed this project before I started my blog, so unfortunately I didn’t think to document a tutorial. Not to worry, though. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how you can create something similar.
- Select a large picture frame at HomeGoods or a similar marked-down decor store. You can pick one frame, or several frames if one alone won’t hold your full collection (if you do pick more than one, don’t be afraid to mix them up…they don’t all have to match).
- Head to a home repair shop and ask for window screen material. It comes in rolls, but some places will allow you to purchase it by the yard.
- Grab your hot glue gun and some protective gloves, since the glue will get a little messy. I used the disposable gloves I typically use when I color my hair.
- Pop the backing and glass out the frame. They should easily come out once you loosen the fasteners.
- Roll out your window screen material and, with a marker, trace the shape of the frame backing you just took out onto the screen.
- With a pair of heavy duty scissors, cut the screen along shape you traced out.
- Place the sized and cut screen pieces into the frame. The screen should fit flesh, like the glass/backing did.
- Take your glue gun and squeeze the glue right along the outer edge of the screen where it touches the inner edge of the frame. As the glue cools, you may have to use your fingers to make sure the two materials adhere at times, which is where the gloves come in handy. Just make sure to let the glue cool for a second or two so that you can touch it with the gloves without burning yourself, but before it becomes so cool that it hardens.
- Once you make sure the screen is glued all the way around (retouch if you need to), flip it over to admire your crafty skills and head on over to hang it on the wall.
- For the necklace rack, simply pick up a key holder from Target, HomeGoods, Home Depot or the like and hang it as you normally would.