I have one of those jewelry armoires. It stands about 3 feet tall and has space for rings, bracelets, necklaces and everything in between. In theory, the armoire is great! It holds a TON of jewelry. However, it has two inherent flaws. The first is that no matter how many spots there are for things, you still end up digging to find that one piece you are seeking. Or for that matter, forgetting you even had something because you never see it. This is particularly true of earrings as the only organization spot for them is little bins. The second flaw is that the unit is precisely the right height for a young toddler to reach and explore at their whim. If you are a good baby-proofer, that is not an issue. You already have it anchored to the wall. Ahem... yep, she is the second child, she'll learn. Actually, she hasn't pulled it over, yet. But I do have a friend (who shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) whose child did just that!
Moral of the story is that I needed a new solution. One that wouldn't maim my child or hide my stuff. I went on a search - internet of course. I know lots of people are into Pinterest, but I can't seem to make it work for me. I use good old Google, just type in jewelry holder DIY and all sorts of stuff pops up. My new favorite way to use Google is through the "Images for" area. It provides a carousel of pictures that are supposedly related to my search. Then if you see something you like, it gives you the link to investigate further. I found a great post using cork, foam board and a frame on the Beehive and Birdsnest blog. The mission began and was completed in less than 24 hours, thanks to the patience of my children. I made a few modifications - used burlap instead of cork and drawer pulls instead of push pins. My post earrings are up top, then the wire back and lever back ones are hanging on drawer pulls, and lighterweight wire ones on the ribbon through the middle. Finally, I have necklaces at the bottom on drawer knobs. I love the outcome! What do you think?!
Next up, something to hold my rings and bracelets. Stay tuned.