Wall Hanging Earring Holder

When my husband and I moved away from our first home (and first city) as a married couple, our family came and helped us pack a truck to make the 7 hr drive to our temporary home (my husband’s parent’s house). Although we all remember packing my earring holder (it had nearly been forgotten, so it stands out in our memories) somehow it vanished at the temporary residence. Although I have searched frequently for it, the earring holder has not yet turned up.

Confession time: sometimes, instead of digging through my jewelry box to find earrings, I go without. It's simply less hassle! I love this wall hanging earring holder because it looks nice, and I can see (and get to!) all of my earrings with very little effort.

Since there were originally two earring holders given to my parents years ago, I was able to consult the one remaining earring holder (my mom’s) to decide how to create a new one.

Material/Equipment List for Entire Project:

*Note* the materials/equipment is also broken down in each section, this is just a cumulative list of everything used in the project. 

Materials (and prices I paid):

  • dowel rod, 24″ long or 2- 12″ dowel rods (given to me free)
    • can be bigger/smaller depending on desired size of project
  • 4 decorative ends (Cost Plus World Market, .50c a piece)
    • (type depends on whether using drilling method or not – I used “drilling method” and cabinet knobs. See method for notes on possible ends)
  • 36″ x 84″ vinyl porch screen replacement kit (cheapest option) (Home Depot, $10 – estimated cost per one earring holder, .72c)
  • bow wire or twine (Wal-Mart, $1.50)

ESTIMATED COST FOR ONE EARRING HOLDER: $4.22 

Equipment:

*NOTE* I did not purchase anything in this section for this project, and as most are common household items I did not count them towards the price. 

  • ruler
  • pencil
  • hand saw
  • drill (or glue, if not using drilling method)
  • two drill bits (for pilot hole, skip if not using drilling method)
  • scissors, for cutting vinyl
  • chalk marker (easiest to wash off)
  • 3″ upholstery needle (or other needle with large eye)
  • thumb tack or small nail 
Some assembled supplies for the earring holder.
A few assembled supplies.

There is a method that involves a small amount of simple wood work, and a method that does not need wood work (other than cutting the dowel rod to size). My dad helped me, and we did the drilling method.

Sawing Only, No Drilling Method:
*NOTE* If using cabinet knobs, skip to “drilling method”.

Materials/Equipment used in this section:

  • ruler or tape measure
  • pencil (to mark where to cut)
  • hand saw
  • 24″ dowel rod (longer/shorter is fine, just change other sizes to match)
  • 4 decorative ends (can be homemade or maybe curtain rod ends)

The dowel rod still needs to be cut to have two pieces the desired length (mine were both cut to 12″ long), but this is easily done with a hand saw and takes only a short time. Since I started with a long dowel rod, when it was cut I had an extra piece. You can save the extra for another project, but it isn’t necessary here. Measure the length you want with the ruler, mark it, and use the hand saw to cut it at the mark.

In this method, you would use an end piece on the dowel rod that fits snuggly over without needing holes drilled. I’m not sure precisely what to use as we did not do this method, but you could get really creative with it – if you like to work with clay, you could even shape ends to fit over the dowel rod and glue them on. My dad suggested that decorative ends designed for curtain rods may work as well. DO NOT GLUE ANYTHING YET! (If you do glue at this point, it will make the remaining project more difficult but not impossible).

Drilling Method:

Materials/Equipment used in this section:

  • ruler or tape measure
  • pencil (to mark where to cut)
  • hand saw
  • 24″ dowel rod (longer/shorter is fine, just change other sizes to match)
  • 4 decorative cabinet knobs
  • drill
  • 2 drill bits, one small and one size of screw on knob
Cabinet knob used as decorative end
Here is one of the cabinet knobs I used. The screw is part of the knob.

Don’t let the fact that there is drilling involved keep you from this project! Wood tools make me very nervous so I asked my dad for his help, but he said it was easy and he was able to finish while we talked. It took him less than 10 minutes to saw the rod to the right lengths and drill all four holes.

Prep The Dowel Rod:

Cutting the rod is simple. You need two pieces of rod the same length. Since I started with a long dowel rod, when it was cut I had an extra piece. You can save the extra for another project, but it isn’t necessary here. Measure the length you want with the ruler, mark it, and use the hand saw to cut it at the mark.

For the decorative ends on my dowel rods, I used cabinet knobs that were designed to look like sunflowers. Since they were made for cabinet doors, they had a screw attached – hence the drilling into the rods. The knobs came with nuts attached, but since they were unnecessary for the project my dad saved them for any project that might come up later.

Time To Drill:

We made a pilot hole to keep the dowel rod from cracking. Starting with the smallest drill bit, find the center of the dowel rod end and slowly drill a hole. It’s best to go slow and start with a very small drill bit. After the hole is drilled, take a larger drill bit (drill bit size will depend on the size of the screw attached to your knob) and drill it into the hole just created with the smallest drill bit. This widens the hole enough to insert the screw.

Although you could attempt to skip the small drill bit and only use the large, this increases the risk of damaging the rod. In the end, there should be four holes – one on either end of each of the two dowel rods. You should be able to screw the knobs into these holes, with them fitting snugly enough that no glue is necessary. Even if you wish to glue the knobs, wait until the end. DO NOT GLUE AT THIS POINT. It will make the rest of the project more difficult (but not impossible).

Knob being screwed into rod.
Visual of knob being screwed into dowel rod.
A Bit of Cutting & Stitching:

Materials used in this section:

  • 36″ x 84″ vinyl screen replacement kit
  • ruler
  • chalk marker
  • scissors
  • bow wire
  • 3″ upholstery needle (necessary for larger eye)
Cutting:
Vinyl Porch Screen Replacement Kit for earring holder
Vinyl Screening – Dimensions are 36″ x 84″

Now for the easy part! This part takes more patience, but it’s a easier to correct any errors here … cutting & stitching! The vinyl has to be cut to the appropriate size, since it was designed for a porch. If you don’t mind having a few scraps of vinyl afterwards, it is easier to cut off a bigger than necessary portion of vinyl so you have a smaller piece to work with. If scraps aren’t desirable, just measure the vinyl to fit while it is still attached to the roll.

It would have been preferable to have a longer piece of screen for my final project, but cutting mistakes made my project slightly smaller. If you want to prepare for potential errors (such as cutting crookedly), then you can cut your project slightly bigger than desired in order to leave room for trimming. Also keep in mind that both ends of the screen will be rolled over in the finished project, making it shorter. I recommend planning for a longer project than intended, and using the ruler and chalk marker to mark where to cut. You can easily wipe the chalk marker off of the screen with a damp cloth afterwards.

The dimensions for my cut screen were: 12″ x  18″.

Stitching:

When the screen is cut, it’s time to move to stitching. Bow wire proved quite difficult to thread into the needle, but I thought the finished product was worth the extra effort. That is entirely up to you.

Finished stitches using bow wire.
Finished stitches using bow wire.

Using the longer portion (18″) of the screen as the sides of the project, fold over the bottom (12″) of the screen one and a quarter inches. Use a ruler and draw a line with the chalk marker to indicate where the fold should stop to guide you as you stitch. You want the dowel rod to slide in and out easily, but not be too tight or too loose. Knot the end of the wire, and with the threaded needle start your stitches three squares down and three squares in from the cut end of the vinyl. (You will be using the third square.) Try to keep your knot on the same side as the folded over vinyl (the back side). If a square happens to be broken or break at some point, starting at this point will make sure your knot stays secure in spite of it.

Stitch and Knot:

To make the stitching go faster (but still look nice), I put the wire through the first hole, skipped two holes, and then put the wire back through the third hole (not counting the first hole). Continue in this pattern until you get close to the end of the vinyl, and end your stitches at least one hole (preferably two) from the end. (How many holes from the end depends on the dimensions of your vinyl.) Knot the end of your wire (try to keep the knot on the back side) and cut off the excess. You should have a kind of long, thin pocket for the dowel rod.

Making sure the vinyl is folded over on the same (back) side of the earring holder, repeat the stitching process above for the opposite end of the vinyl.

Earring Holder Assembly Time:

Materials used in this section:

  • extra bow wire
  • stitched 12″ x 18″ vinyl screening
  • 2- 12″ dowel rods
  • 4 decorative cabinet knobs
  • glue (optional, I did not use glue)
  • thumb tack or small nail

Home stretch! This post was extra long, but that was because I wanted to make sure everything was clearly explained. This part is a breeze!

Choose which end you want to be the bottom, and slide a dowel rod through the fold. Attach decorative ends. If you don’t glue them on (whether or not glue is necessary depends on the ends you use) then you can take the dowel rods off later and paint them. I left mine the original color and prefer it that way, but it is nice to be able to change the color whenever you want.

Sunflower design on cabinet knob.
Design on decorative knob. Aren’t sunflowers beautiful?!

Slide the second dowel rod through the other fold. Since I used knobs that screw into the rod, I was able to hide the knots where I tied the hanger between the knobs and the rod. To do that, screw the knob partially into the rod. Tie the desired length of wire in a loose knot around the end of the rod, and then carefully slip it off onto the screw to finish the knot. I kept mine loose (not tight on the screw at all) so it would be easy to disassemble if I ever wanted to change the knobs or paint the rods. Do the same thing on the other end with the other knob.

If you chose the “no drill” method, you can simply leave the knot visible on the rod, or make it a bow on either end. I debated with tassels where each knot would be – have fun with it!

Enjoy Your Crafty Skills:

Hang your new earring holder on the wall, and enjoy your hard work by slipping some earrings on it! You put the post or wire of the earring through the front, and with your hand behind the holder you can slip the back on the earring on the other side to keep it in place.

Wall Hanging Earring Holder

Hope you love your earring holder as much as I love mine!