Living with RA often means that you have to change up your wardrobe depending on your ability to walk well. This means that sometimes the closet full of pencil skirts and high heels needs to sit for awhile. Women often use dressing up as in business formal wear to express themselves creatively. Without being able to wear 50% of my wardrobe, I decided to find other ways to express myself in fashion. Thus, I became obsessed with earrings. The only problem was that I ran out of places to put them. In this post, I’ll show you how to take your tangled pile of earrings into a beautiful, functional piece of art to hang on your wall.
2019 was a difficult year for me, especially financially. While flaring, I needed a way to express myself from a fashion standpoint since I couldn’t wear skirts and heels. I needed to wear more comfortable business clothes, with wide legs to fit over my swollen Arthritic knees. I needed to wear flat shoes to be able to walk without stumbling while I hobble around work with my cane.
Living with RA can be difficult to hide sometimes when you’re flaring. You walk around with a leg twice the size as the other, which causes you to limp or hobble. Sometimes you have to use a cane to get around. In order to avoid the awkward conversations of, “are you ok?” or “what happened!?” it’s better to have some easy opt-outs for people who want to talk to you. The best way to do this is through fashion. It’s a lot easier for someone to converse with you over your fun, hip, and cool earrings rather than you walking with a cane. They can compliment you, showing that they care and want to check in with you, but allows them to opt-out.
I decided to buy earrings from Amazon because of the amazing bundles they have. Having many options allowed me to set my morning’s tone and feel creative by giving each of my outfits some spunk.
With purchasing tons of earrings, came some messy drawers. While I loved being able to throw them into the draws and void my counters of clutter, I also kept forgetting what I had and would wear the same few pairs over and over. Sometimes, when our jewelry isn’t in front of us, we fall into the patterns of wearing the same outfits. Making a jewelry holder was the best way to display my options for putting some glam into my outfits!
A Step By Step Guide On How to Make An Earring Organizer
Including Links to Supplies I’d recommend for this Project
Step 1: Pick Your Base Board
I had this board laying around that I had already painted with chalkboard paint. I was planning on using it as decor in my living room, but it didn’t quite fit. Therefore, it sat in my closet, un-used.
Step 2: Choose Your Colors
The paint I chose for the base was this beautiful earthy green-blue color, “Elegant Teal”, from the Home Decor chalk paint line. When I initially painted the board, I used about two coats and had a lot of paint left over– almost the whole bottle! I’d recommend using a regular bristled paintbrush. You don’t need anything fancy– you can even use an old house paint brush.
If you try out the chalk on the board, just wash it off. It doesn’t need to be perfect– the white paint will cover any chalk you didn’t wash off.
For the accent color, I chose white to give it a permanent chalk look, and therefore used a basic white acrylic paint. I’d recommend using something like Apple Barrel acrylic paint because it’s cheap and works great. I chose to use one I had in my craft bin, which is comparable to that brand.
Step 3: Choose your Design
Figure out where you want to hang your jewelry holder to help you decide a pattern. There are lots of designs to choose from– you can do polka dots, stripes, chevron, or you can go with a bohemian geometric pattern, like the one I used. Since I wanted to match my shower curtain in my bathroom, I decided to use a stencil that I had unopened in my craft bin. You can still purchase it here and look at some inspiration with other ways to use the stencil!
Step 4: Sponge Paint the Pattern
For a cleaner, easier approach, I’d use a brush like a round paint foam sponge brush. Being bored and needing to work with what I had, I used a house paint brush, but I know that if I had sponged the brush, the pattern would have turned out much cleaner and consistent. Here’s the best way to apply the paint with a sponge brush:
Lay the stencil on the board and hold it down firmly with your finger tips so it doesn’t nudge. Dip an end of the sponge brush to cover about 1/5 of the brush and apply it on top of the stencil, covering the negative space. Holding the brush upright, sponge the initial paint over the stencil to apply the pattern you wish. Repeat until there’s no board color showing. Let it dry and wipe off any access paint on the bottom of the stencil so that it doesn’t transfer onto the next application. Try to match up the stencil the best you can to repeat the pattern. If it doesn’t all match up, it’s ok to do section by section, like I did here:
Step 5: Apply the hardware
Since I was using what I had on hand, I chose to use pin backs. You could also use hooks or something similar. I wouldn’t recommend using anything that screws into the wood, as it may split the wood.
When you apply the hardware, make sure that if you’re using pinbacks that the screw sides all faces the same way. This will help the overall look and functionality of the design.
You’ll want the pin backs to be glued to the wood with wood glue. The problem with using hot glue with a glue gun is that it could potentially peel off the paint and fall, resulting in possible broken earrings, which we don’t want. A wood glue also won’t show or be raised, like hot glue will– it’ll stay firm to the back of the wood surface. I always use Gorilla Wood Glue because it has a clear finish and every time I use it, it has never failed me. It also doesn’t stick to your fingers and leave your fingertips chapped.
Step 6: Hang in Your Designated Area
If you’re in a rental location, I’d recommend using something that you can take down that won’t leave marks or damage the space. I’m a huge fan of command strips! I love them because they stick to textured walls, wall paper, and raised surface walls (bumpy, speckled looking paint). The ones I’m using for this project are the Picture Hanging Command Strips because they can hold a considerable amount of weight.