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diy: metal mesh earring display

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i am always searching for better and prettier ways to store my growing jewelry collection. it’s even better when jewelry storage works double at art – when you’re earrings are so pretty why wouldn’t you want to put them on display?! i had been using an earring holder i’m pretty sure i bought from claire’s (do they still exist??) like ten years ago. lately it’s been feeling very juvenile in my space and it’s time for something to match more of my grown-up style.

i love mixing different textures together and there are so many styles of metal mesh i though it would be fun to mix them together. follow along to see how to make one for yourself!

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basswood-pieces

here’s what you’ll need:

  • bass wood sticks
    • (4) 1/2″ x 1″ x 24″
    • (4) 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 24″
  • metal mesh pieces, similar here and here and here
  • picture hanging hardware (optional)
  • wood glue
  • mitre saw and box
  • E6000 glue

you can really make this any way you want – using one piece or multiple! i think multiple, different style metals makes it more interesting. i didn’t end up using exactly the pieces shown above but it gives you a pretty good idea.

i made mine 12″ x 12″ size so the following directions are for a display that size. i did a really terrible job of taking photos of progress but hopefully you can get the idea in the description.

basswood-frame

i bought 4 bass wood sticks that measure 1/2″x 1″ x 24″ for the outer frame. using the mitre box i cut each down to 12″ with a 45 degree mitred edge as shown below. make 2 of these, one will be for the front and the other for the back. use wood glue to connect the seams and let set for a few hours to dry.

depending on the pattern you want cut the 1/2″x 1/2″ x 24″ sticks for the various sizes. they should fit snugly inside the frame. reinforce with wood glue.

since bass wood is a pretty cheap crafting wood i spray painted mine gold, you can paint whatever you like. i don’t think stain would work so well on this type of wood.

once the frames are set and the paint is dry (if you opted for that), lay out the mesh pieces you want to fit within the square. they should rest a little over each side edge on the wood frame. i used the e6000 glue on the edges to adhere to the wood. i then used wood glue to glue the top frame to the bottom and placed every heavy book i had to keep everything flat and in place. i let it set for 24 hours before i removed them and it was totally solid!

you can add picture hanging hardware to the back if you wanted to hang to wall but it’s more renter-friendly and accessible to have it lean against a wall.

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overall, i am super pleased with how it turned out! it’s perfect for my long statement earrings and it matches so well with the rest of my decor (that pyramid earring holder is a diy from a beautiful mess by the way!)

what do you think? do you have a need for something like this?

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2 Comments

  • Reply Taylor Jones 12/01/2016 at 1:18 pm

    Catherine, I LOVE THIS! So pretty and totally art! I think I would just buy earrings to stick on this and look at it because it is so pretty 🙂 Great job!

    • Reply catherinehblu 12/01/2016 at 1:20 pm

      THANK YOU, Taylor! So sweet 🙂 Yes, it is art-like! I think it looks cool without earrings too haha

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