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Easy DIY Picture Frame Earring Holder

I know you will want to make yourself this easy DIY Picture Frame Earring Holder, once you see how easy it is!

I have been ordering some really cute earrings from paparazzi and I quickly began to realize I had nowhere to keep them. So, I figured hey I’m a DIY’er I’m just going to make one!! I wanted something functional and cute at the same time. So that’s how the DIY Picture Frame Earring Holder idea was born. So, if you find yourself in the same situation as me…here you go! ?

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a picture frame (the size you need will depend on the number of earrings you have to display on it)

wood picture frame
Raw frame my hubby made ❤

Paint or stain- I normally use my favorite Waverly Inspirations Chalk paint, but I found this new Rustoleum chalk paint on Amazon and wanted to give it a shot. (I’m loving it so far)

Rust-oleum Paint
I love this Serenity Blue Chalked paint

Metal Farm Mesh or Chicken wire or wire trash bin from Dollar Tree-whichever is easier for you to find

Contact Paper or Peel and stick wallpaper (with a pattern of your choice)



Hot glue

Hot Glue Gun


Metal Cutting Shears or a Grinder



Sandpaper (optional)

Embellishments of your choice.


How to make DIY Picture Frame Earring Holder:

Begin with the picture frame, paint, or stain your frame. (My sweet hubby likes to dabble in his woodshop and made one for me. ?) Once you have given the frame a good one or two coats of paint and it is to your liking, set it aside to dry.

chalk painted wooden picture frame
one coat was plenty if you like the distressed look

You will need a piece of cardboard cut close to the size of the outer edges of the picture frame since you will be stapling and gluing it to the back of the picture frame.  ?

frame with cardboard
cardboard cut to size

Now, measure out a piece of contact paper that is the same size as the cardboard. Peel the backer paper off the contact paper at one end and press it down as straight and smooth as possible onto the cardboard. Keep pulling the backer paper and smoothing the contact paper down all the way to the other end of the cardboard.

removable wallpaper
applying the removable wallpaper.



For this part I had my super sweet hubby cut out mine from the roll roughly the size of the frame. I used my snips to trim it up and cut any uneven pieces. The piece of mesh or chicken wire needs to be roughly the same size as the piece of cardboard. I like to make mine a little smaller so that when I glue on the cardboard it covers up any sharp edges that remain on the mesh or chicken wire. Smart idea, right?  (Sorry no pic for this part ?)

And now it’s time to start putting it all together.

Start by hot gluing the mesh in a few random spots just to help hold it in place while you staple. Then place the piece of cardboard with the contact paper side facing front,  over that, and staple them both into place, or you can staple the mesh first so that you can make sure the staples are going where they need to and then staple on the cardboard. Either way works and it’s totally up to you. ?

DIY Earring Holder
Love how it displays all my bling! ?

That’s it you have a cute and rustic functional décor piece to keep all your bling organized and easy to find!

P.S. check out my DIY Crackle Effect blog post if you want to give your frame even more of a distressed/rustic look.

If you enjoyed this project, here are some other organization ideas you might like  https://thehappyhousie.porch.com/craft-room-organization-ideas/


DIY Crafts Upcycled Projects

DIY Crackle Effect

Give your crafting projects a little something extra with this simple DIY crackle effect.

I love working with mixed media and giving my projects an aged, distressed, look. There are several ways to do that. One of my favorite techniques is to create this simple DIY crackle effect.

I know a way to achieve this look without spending a dime at the craft store for crackle medium.  You won’t believe how quick and easy this method is and you probably already have what you need in your crafting supplies.  I love saving money and using what I already have at home to create easy and beautiful home décor and craft projects, so this should be no surprise when I tell you what I used. (HINT: its only two ingredients✌) This technique takes a little bit of practice. (a little luck won’t hurt either?)

What you will need… 

There is more than one type of glue product that will work for this technique, My DIY mode podge works great for this ? or School glue, Mod Podge wood glue, craft glue, etc…

Your work surface of course..

Two paint colors of your choice.

A hairdryer or heat gun (optional)

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Ok so let’s get on with this simple DIY crackle effect.

I had previously used this piece of board for another project so I already had my base color on my board as you can see from the photos. Of course, you will need to begin by painting your surface with your base color and letting it dry completely.

base color
base color


TIP* I like to use my hairdryer on this step to speed up the drying time. (most crafters are impatient when it comes to this step so it’s no surprise ?) You can totally skip this tip and just let it dry on its own. (I promise not to judge! ?)

The next step is applying the crackle medium (school glue, Mod Podge, wood glue, craft glue) whatever you choose will work. I used my DIY Mod Podge that I made previously (see link above. ?) The thicker the crackle medium is applied the larger the cracks will be. I prefer the larger cracks because I like more of my base color to show through.  Once the crackle medium is applied, it needs to sit and begin to dry. NOTE* DO NOT ALLOW THE CRACKLE MEDIUM TO DRY COMPLETELY!  The crackle medium needs to be tacky to the touch. This will give the best results in the next step.  If it gets too dry the crackle technique will not work. (see why I said it can take some practice to get it to work?)  Stay with me, you can do this!! ?

Crackle Medium applied
applied crackle medium

When the crackle medium is tacky to the touch, you can now apply the topcoat. I went with white as you can see from the photos.  Apply the topcoat quickly, in one direction, and DO NOT go over it with the brush too many times. Once it is dry completely you should see lots of pretty crackling all over the surface of your project.


white top coat
after topcoat has been applied


The end results
It will look something like this








Now wasn’t that easy? The end result is so pretty.  You can use this Simple DIY Crackle effect method on more than just wood too. Try it on some upcycled glass bottles it looks amazing!

You may also like this faux wood finishing technique:

How to Make Your Own Salt Paint to Create a Chippy Beach Cottage Finish

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