DIY Cork Board Jewelry Organizer

DIY Inspiration: How to make a cork board jewelry organizerMy name is Ellen and I like shiny things. The problem is storing my shiny things. I am not a jewelry box person. I just don't have a lot of space and when it comes to jewelry it's out of sight, out my mind. If I don't see it, I won't wear it. So, I've been struggling with a jewelry organization solution for longer than I care to admit.

I have a bare wall next to my bathroom sink that looked like it could be transformed into a vertical space for storing my jewelry making everything easily accessible as I am getting ready in the morning.

My first thought was to install some sort of  box or medicine cabinet type fixture. However I really wanted something with a simpler, cleaner design. Then, I toyed with the idea of hanging everything on a cork board but I was afraid it would be boring. Luckily I have the perfect tool for personalizing things to make them pretty, my Silhouette Cameo.

DIY Jewelry Organizer




I'm not going to give specific measurements for this project because it will all depend how large you want to make your organizer. Instead, I'll just show you my process.

I started by laying out my jewelry to see how it could be arranged and to get an idea of what size cork board I  would need.

I ended up with a fairly large 22 x 35 inch board.
When I was shopping for the perfect cork board, I looked for one with a nice flat, wide frame that I could personalize.

Initially I was going to create my own stencil and paint a border. Eventually, I decided it would be easier to use my Cameo to cut a simple vine design out of vinyl and stick it onto the frame.
Of course I had already purchased a couple sheets of stencil plastic. I still found a purpose for them and used my Cameo again to cut out a set of earring cards to hold my smaller studs.

(I set the cut settings on my Cameo to blade depth 8, speed 1, thickness 33 for cutting the plastic sheets.)
Free Silhouette Studio Cut File: Tags to display 5 pairs of stud earrings I think this is a pretty slick solution for compact storage of my post earrings.

My dangly hook earrings are going to be stored across three wooden dowels, painted black to match the cork board frame.

My biggest dilemma was what I would use to hang my necklaces and bracelets. Plain push pins or thumb tacks just seemed... well, tacky. And then I stumbled across hooked tacks. Why it has taken so long for someone to invent this is beyond me because they are so handy. They come in a bunch of different colors, but I bought the clear ones so they would be less noticeable.

Since I am a "measure twice and cut once" kind of girl, I used painters tape to mark where I would put the hooks and dowels on my corkboard.

I used a ruler and pen to mark the tape before I placed the hooks.
After I was satisfied with the spacing of everything, I stuck in all the pins and removed the tape.

Then it was time to mount the board on the wall.

Finally it was time to organize my bling!

DIY Inspiration: How to make a cork board jewelry organizer

Now my counter tops are free of all the jewelry box clutter and I am ready to accessorize!



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The Chilly Dog: DIY Cork Board Jewelry Organizer
DIY Cork Board Jewelry Organizer
Organizing your jewelry on a cork board isn't tacky if you customize your desgin.
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