Sep 19, 2012

DIY Jewelry Organizer

My daughter is an artist studying illustration at Boise State University and will be graduating this winter. To give her some extra room for working on her senior project, we remade her old bedroom into a sitting room that I shared here last week. I really enjoy seeing her sitting on her comfy vintage sofa with her feet up on her little footstool, sketchbook in hand.

For a new bedroom we moved her across the hall into the guest room, which she decorated with her own bedding and artwork.


When I noticed my daughter's necklaces all tangled up on her dresser, I made her this jewelry organizer to hang on her wall. 

I used the shallow middle drawer left over from the desk I took apart to make my craft room table. (A shallow wood box or wood tray would work well, too.) I painted the drawer with white homemade chalk paint and glued a piece of fabric to the inside using spray adhesive. 

My daughter chose the bright yellow and orange Jo-Ann's fabric to continue the theme and colors from her painting on the other wall. 

I measured some of her necklaces and bracelets, then pre-drilled holes with my Dremel Tool and screwed in some white cup hooks from the hardware store. 

I found these little white ceramic lotus bowls at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The size fit the drawer perfectly for holding rings, and they complement the ones on the dresser below that my daughter made in her ceramics class.  

I attached two sawtooth hangers sixteen inches apart on the back, so I could hang the heavy drawer from wall studs using wood screws. I also used two cushioned spacers at the bottom to hold the drawer the same distance away from the wall as the top.  

Repurposing this old desk drawer into a fun and colorful jewelry organizer and display was an easy, fun and inexpensive project. My daughter wears her jewelry more now because it's easier to see and doesn't get tangled up, and she loves how it looks in her room. 

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  1. That jewelry organizer is so darn cute! It's like a little work of art and totally functional too - always a winning combination! And of course I love the lemons!

  2. oh completely love the colors and the crispness - go girl!

  3. Very cute and I love how well it goes with the room! Did your daughter do the lemon hair lady?? Love it!! Fabulous job Mom!!

  4. What a wonderful makeover! The fabric is a nice punch of colour in her room.

  5. Laurel, I just have to tell ya, you're my kind of gal! Thanks so much for stopping by and making me laugh with your comments at Quirky Vistas. I just love your take on my junk insanity. It cracked me up to hear you couldn't stand for me not to have that music case! Meanwhile, you are over here doing for your daughter what I should have been doing for my middle daughter ever so long ago, making a jewelry organizer. This one you made is perfect. I love the use of the drawer and the little bowls on the bottom. I suppose I better quit junking and get working!

  6. I love this idea! I think I need to make one of these for my bedroom, which by the way, appears to have the same wall color! I just knew we were kindred spirits. :)

  7. Great idea Laurel! I love all the colors going on with the jewelry box. That was so nice of you to do that for your daughter!

  8. Laurel, it is sooo pretty! I have to show it to my daughter. She is going to love it! You are so creative!

  9. I love the jewellery organizer! Looks so pretty on the wall, and everything is noticeable at a glance, instead of jumbled in a my earrings.
    Debbie :)

  10. cute. I have way too many earrings for something like that-although maybe if I used the little dishes for them it would work. I love that perfume tray too, was that thrifted?

  11. Oh wow Laurel! You had an amazing idea, this is a cool and perfect jeweler organizer. Your daughter will be very happy with it.
    Have a blessed day my friend.

  12. Awesome idea!! Love it and may just do this for my own jewelry.

  13. This is such a great idea! I need something like this to organize my jewelry. I guess I need to start looking for stray drawers at thrift stores:) Stopping by from TT&J.

  14. I love everything about this! The fact that you reused an old drawer, the amazing fabric, and how useful this piece is!If you have a sec this weekend, I would love if you linked up at my party, Get Schooled Saturday over at Too Much Time On My Hands.
    xxx Kim

  15. THis is a great project. I love the little bowls you added for things like rings and earrings. Very cute.
    Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  16. Cutest jewelry organizer I've ever seen! Love the little bowls for rings. Hope you feel better soon, love your blog!

  17. Your creative project was a superstar in my round-up today! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Here it is if you want to check it out: 25 Creative Solutions to Necklace Organization.

    The Thinking Closet

    P.S. I love your name! (Though I may be slightly biased.)

  18. Hi, Laurel! I made a round up about different uses for drawers, and your was so lovely I included it. I gave credit to you, as well as a link back to your site. Hope this is ok for you, you can check it here:



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