July 16, 2010

Tutorial: Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

This fun little shabby chic earring stand, made from an altered picture frame, is a great way to hang and display all your beautiful, dangling earrings. I had the idea for this project after we talked about my love affair with dangly earrings and how to display them. I don’t know about you, but I just love seeing them all hanging in a row! :)

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

The next day I made this earring frame, and it was so quick, easy, and inexpensive to put together, I knew I had to share it with you! :) I spent a grand total of $5.34 on this project. Plus I got to work with a staple gun. (Thats about as close to a power tool as I get!) ;)

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

Cost: Less than $10
Time: 30 mins
Supplies: picture frame, 12′ of picture wire, acrylic paint & brush, staple gun (or nails/tacks, etc)

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

I started out with a black 8×10 picture frame from Walmart, $3. They also have 8.5×11 document frames which would be good too, for a little extra space. On the same aisle, I picked up some picture hanging wire. They sold them in packages of 6′ for $0.97 and I used two.

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

Since the frame wasn’t real wood, I was a little concerned with how it would turn out once I painted it. I definitely wanted it to have the antiqued look, where you could see the previous color underneath the white paint.  I was afraid the only way to do that would be to use a real wood frame, so the wood would soak up the paint and show the grain underneath. I thought this frame, since it was completely flat with no texture, would just produce a flat, solid color when I painted it…

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

But as you can see from the above images, this little inexpensive frame did great! :) I was very pleased with how it turned out.

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

I gave the frame a couple coats of paint with this almost-but-not-quite white acrylic paint using the brushes pictured. I used this type of brush because it’s what I had, but I really liked how it turned out because, well, honestly, it didn’t do a very good job! But in a good way! It would wipe away some of the paint as I was trying to paint more, giving it that faded, shabby look. I just painted the frame, I didn’t have to sand it, wipe it, or distress it in any way.

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

Next, I took a piece of wire and laid it across the back of the frame. I folded it over twice so that I had three strands folded together that were just a little longer than the width of the frame (this was to make the hanging wire a little thicker).

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

Twist the wires loosely so they hold together, but loose enough so you can stick a post earring through there if you want! :)

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

On the back of the frame I used a pencil to mark where to hang the wire. I started with 1/4″ from the top opening of the frame,  then spaced the remaining wire 2.25″ apart.

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

Here’s what the back looks like.

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

I stapled the wire to the frame, then folded and tucked the wire so it wouldn’t come out. If you don’t have a staple gun, you could also use small nails or tacks to wrap the wire around and hold in place.

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

I gave the knots a few taps with a hammer to make sure there weren’t any sharp wire edges sticking out.

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

And that’s IT! :) So quick and easy! It looks beautiful on a dresser or chest of drawers.

Shabby Chic Dangly Earring Display Holder

Let me know if you try it! :) Have fun and thanks for looking! :)



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Molly August 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm

That is so crazy! It’s been a while since I’ve looked through some of your posts, and I was amazed to see that someone else had found a very similar idea to a project I took on a few months ago for a craft table where I was displaying earrings.

I bought frames at Goodwill, and used dowel rods, even hot glued some as legs to hold up my frames, and hung the earrings on them… fun idea! The pic of my frame is the second one in this post.

http://calebandmolly.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/a-spin-on-date-night/

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Myra August 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Amanda – I love this! Made 2 for my business to display earrings on. It was so easy…and so fun! Thanks for inspiring me to make my very own!!!

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Shailynn August 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I love this!! I have seen so many of these types of things but yours is the first one that I just absoulty adore!! Also, I love the owl earrings!! Where did you find them!?

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Hazel August 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I glued a square of black nylon netting to the back of my frame and the hooks hang though the netting. I have two of these handy on the dressing room wall. They are pretty, too.

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Shauna Wolferts September 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

Thanks for the great project idea. I want to “run” right out and do it today!

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rosalee September 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this.I’ve been wanting to learn how to paint something that gives you that faded look,coz i got a wooden lamp,and i’ve been dying to paint it like that .I can’t wait to get started.

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Lydia September 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I am linking to your blog-come visit me!

freshfibers.blogspot.com

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Margaret November 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I just finished a 16×20 frame I found outside for my mom for her 60th birthday that is Sunday. She is a crafty lady and thats where I get my love for crafts from, she’s going to be so proud of me for making her this and it literally cost me $0 to make! I had the paint from being a crafty person, I had wire from when I decorated my house and hung pictures, I borrowed my brother’s staple gun, and found the frame!

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Kathy November 16, 2010 at 10:56 am

Amanda, this is perfect for those of us who travel full-time. I wanted something that would display my jewelry but travel well also. This is perfect! Thanks!

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Samina December 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm

This is such a cool idea and looks great too! I love making things and have a million pair of earrings so will definitely be giving this a try. Please check out my blog if you have time and take a look at some of my handmade projects :)

http://miniminadesigns.blogspot.com

Samina

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Laura December 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Love, love, love this! What a great gift idea too!! I’m making one this weekend! Thank you so much:)

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Gina January 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I immediately went to Walmart after reading this and spent a whole $5.57. I love how it came out and it was so easy, thank you so much!

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Jayne January 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Amanda..I want to make this for a very special friend but can you tell me how you have it stay upright when its on display? I love this!

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Shan January 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Made one today and love it! Thanks for posting the tutorial!

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Karen Skeens January 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I did the same thing, but stapled screen on the back of the frame…instant holes to hang your earrings and super easy to make….try it!!!

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Anna Murphy January 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I love this! I’m thinking about making one for myself. Really cute :-)

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charlie_moments January 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

Wow, this is gorgeous, I’m going to go out, buy a frame and make on of these. Earring storage sorted! :)

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Nicole January 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Saw this last night…made it tonight…will hang it tomorrow :-) Thanks!

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Renata Marengo February 9, 2011 at 6:17 am

Oi! Lindo! Lindo! Lindo seu trabalho!!

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Kimberly Wishert February 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

loved this super easy project, my husband loves that I don’t have earrings all over the dresser!! I think it may even be christmas for some special ladies ;)

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Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise February 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm

That is a fabulous idea! I don’t have many dangley earrings – I generally just wear small gold hoops. But gosh, I almost want to start now, just so I can make this and hang them like that! It’s an art piece! Of course….the earrings are cool too – that helps. Great job. And now…I just saw something about rag quilts in the side bar….got to go check that out too!!

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Joaquina February 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Hi Amanda! congratulations on your great design! I will try it at home

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Bettina Johnson March 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

Hi Amanda,

I just featured your gorgeous frame on my blog.
Thanks

xxx
Betty

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Fancy Cow Decor March 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hi Amanda, I have been following you for a while now but only yesterday discovered this post and made my own frame today.
http://fancycowdecor.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-make-jewellery-frame-holder-at.html

It’s super sweet, yours and mine :)

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BrandyK March 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

What a great idea. You inspired me to make my own! Thank you! Love your blog. :)
http://brandysbaking.blogspot.com/2011/03/crafty-thing-earring-organizer.html

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Aleksandra Nikiforova March 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

What a great idea! Thanx a lot for such a tutorial

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Drunkenmimes March 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

Neat idea, and great photos too, btw! Thanks for sharing this

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Amanda April 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Your blog is inspirational! I love this idea. I am writing about homemade jewellery stands and have added a link to your wonderful site. Thankyou for sharing your inspirations xx

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Brittany Woolley April 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Hi Amanda! I just LOVED this craft! I had so much fun making it! I posted a picture of the one I made here with a link back to your blog. Thank you so much for posting! :D

http://ryanandbrittanywoolley.blogspot.com/2011/04/day-seven-of-happiness-challenge-time.html

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Angie April 10, 2011 at 2:17 am

Such a lovely & simple idea! For my own earrings, I use a strand of chain to hang my earrings from, it’d be fun to try them on a picture frame! That way the earrings can be hooked in the links.
Thanks for the inspiration :)

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Ginny April 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

My friend just got her first apartment by herself so I’m going to make this for her!! Thank you! :D

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The Ninja April 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Very elegant, I am going to try and make something similar for necklaces…I think it would be nice to have a frame for each.

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Whimsical Winston May 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Wow! What a fabulous idea and a stylish way to organize your jewelry .. Even hair clips would probably work to.
Thanks for sharing,
Ruth

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Morrigan May 10, 2011 at 3:50 am

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing ;)!

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Ross May 28, 2011 at 4:22 am

Oh! I made something just like this for my mum when I was a boy!
I used Elm slats from an old shop-display to make the frame and shiny metal with holes, in which I think was material for making air-vents, instead of wires; that let her put any size ear-rings in anywhere, so one corner could be all little earrings. It also let her hang little earrings in the middle of the hoop of big hoop earrings :-)
But it took ages to make the frame – I wish I’d just thought of using an old picture frame! Them mum’s sister liked it so much I ended up making another for my aunty and for got all about it! The Internet wasn’t around for sharing then…

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hn June 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

how do you make it stand?

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Rachel June 26, 2011 at 1:05 am

I just finished up mine today! I’ve had yours pinned for so long I almost couldn’t find it! I’ll have to give you credit in my next craft post.

Check it here!
http://missrschultz.blogspot.com/2011/06/life-in-craft-room_25.html

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7irz June 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

Loving the Bokeh on you photos ! :)

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Crowned Mediocre June 29, 2011 at 2:57 am

I REAlly like this Idea. Its cute, customizable and economical. Thanks :)

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Shannon June 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I made one…and it turned out great! It looks just like yours…I am in the process of hanging all my earrings on it now. Thanks for the simple, yet great, tutorial!!

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Priya July 13, 2011 at 4:10 am

Wow! Pretty neat…amazing creativity!!!

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Connie C. July 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

Dear Amanda,
I am trying to find owl earrings like the ones you have pictured, only in a bronze color. Where did you get your silver ones? That’s how I stumbled onto your picture frame for earrings. I love the idea! So simple, clever, and thrifty! Thank you for sharing!
Connie

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Beauty Expression July 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

I love this idea! This would be a perfect way to display our earrings, and you made it look so easy to do that even the “crafty-challenge” could duplicate. We will certainly be doing this project. Thanks for sharing.

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Ellen August 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I love this! I just picked up some old beat up frames from a garage sale on a complete whim && have been hunting around for a project!

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Fatima August 16, 2011 at 3:21 am

What a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing this.

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Ali August 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I can’t wait to try this! I have just discovered my love of more costume jewelry! I was always a diamond (Okay, cubic ziconia who are we kidding) simple kind of girl. But I now LOVE my hoop earrings and big long necklaces! I can’t wait to try making this so I can display all my new finds!! I just love your site!!
-Ali
Boston, MA

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Cinderella Patch August 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Wow! Just found you via pinterest (free fonts) and I love this DIY. My daughter has been wanting something for her danglies and this looks very do-able! I’ll be following from now on!

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samantha September 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

this is the best tutorial ever! thank you!

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Cassie September 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Saw this on Pinterest and just made it! Only cost me about $4.00 and it came out great :)

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Stevie Nanstad September 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Wow this is awesome!

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Ali September 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Hi Amanda,
I just was able to try this today! It came out really cute… the only thing I might change is repaint it with a different color since my room is pretty neutral and my jewelry at this point isn’t all that colorful! lol I hope to get the post up for this week, I would love if you would stop by to check it out!
Hope you are having a blast in NY! Let me know if you want to come to Boston!
-Ali

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Kasey September 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Great tutorial! I made the earring display and wrote about it here: http://homeinthecity.tumblr.com/post/10125283617/crafting-earring-display!

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Christina September 27, 2011 at 2:15 am

SO pretty! I was truly inspired and actually made my own version of this.
Thank you for this guide!

http://fitandfashion.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/organizing-earrings/

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Steph Ruud September 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm

WHERE did you get those owl earrings? I just adore owls and have been trying to find some adorable earrings! Ah! Love the frame idea, it’s great for showcasing your earrings!

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Make handmade October 7, 2011 at 4:28 am

Great tutorial and creative ideas! thanks for sharing.

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Danielle November 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Love this! I just made one and am having difficulty standing it up. Any tips to make it free standing? I tried even an easel but not working either. Thanks for the tutorial!

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Alex November 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

These are so adorable! Could you hang them on the wall?

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Tessa January 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for the excellent directions! I’ve been wanting to make an earring display and this inspired me to get it going today. I was curious how you have it standing up without the “leg” that comes with a picture frame. Thanks!

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Erin Middleton January 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Found this on Pinterest and did it today. So easy and cheap. Thank you so much for sharing this DIY craft with us AND for making it so easy to Pin! :)

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Deb W February 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I made my own and love it! I had a old Home Interiors frame from the late 70s/early 80s. I took out the back and glass, cleaned up the wood frame, and painted it with silver acrylic paint. My earrings, combined with the frame, look like a work of art! I used the original hangar and hung mine on the wall. The way the frame is constructed, it worked well to hang it. Thank you so much for the inspiration! The only thing I had trouble with was the soft wood the frame was made out of. The staples didn’t stay put until my husband suggested overlapping the first staple with a second. That held great! Thanks again!

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Lucia February 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

excellent idea!

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Marion February 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

Hi! I featured your earring display here:

http://wastedlace.blogspot.com/2012/02/tutorials-earring-displays.html

Have a nice day!

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Kathy Rumfelt March 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I really like this idea to hang earrings on, but what would you suggest to have it stand up? This would be a cool idea when I show my jewelry. Thanks

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Lilliana Secramp June 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Hi there, you could have a plate holder, like you might have on a shelf. Cheers!

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Sally March 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Can’t wait to create this! What a great idea.

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Sherry April 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I love this idea and I couldn’t help but notice those bird earrings! Where did you get those? So cute!

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Maria June 6, 2012 at 12:02 am

This blog stole your entire post and reposted it. I hate it when people do this, so I wanted to let you know.
http://blog.bjohnsonjewelry.com/diy-jewelry-frame-display/

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Lilliana Secramp June 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

This is brilliant!!! I cannot wait to try it, most likely tomorrow, for it is getting late. ;) Thank you so much for sharin this amazing idea!!! I will need three for all of my earrings. Hee Hee! Thanks again!

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Kel July 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I gathered the supplies from around the house and my husband made this for me today. So cute!! Thanks for the great idea.

And have a great time in Sweden. I cannot wait to see your pics. The ones of Tuscany were breath-taking.

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Sarah July 2, 2012 at 12:35 am

Hi Kevin & Amanda! I just featured this in my weekly Pinterest Project of the week post! Thanks for this cute idea!

http://thegohmans.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-pretties-pinterest-project-of-week.html

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Laurel Stephens September 1, 2012 at 12:00 am

Hi! I love your earring frame and have shared it on my Friday Finds.

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Debbie September 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

What a great idea! I made a necklace & bracelet hanger but never thought of doing something for my earrings. Love this!
Saw you featured at The North End Loft.
Debbie :)

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Emily September 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I made my own today, only I used string instead. I braided four strands then knotted the ends for extra security (although I don’t think they were going anywhere). I love how it turned out, thanks! :)

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Kim September 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Realized it doesn’t work with plastic frames. Can’t seem to hold wire in place. Need a wood frame.

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jt November 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Would love to know where you got the flowers/vase and candle from?! So pretty!!!!

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Kari November 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I just want to say how much Ive always loved your blog, how do I follow you?

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Rebecca December 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I just copied this and made one! I added flowers to mine :) Here’s the post: http://growingupourstyle.blogspot.com/2012/12/playing-with-pinterest-dangly-earring.html#

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Stephanie December 23, 2012 at 12:25 am

I made one for my roommate, only i used a poster frame, rather than a picture frame, so that earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. could hang on it :) it worked SUPER well! i used different wire, though, so that i could twist multiple colors together. the wire is thinner,, but still seems to work. thanks for the great idea!!! ^_^

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Maribel Morales January 28, 2013 at 7:59 am

A very simple, but practical, original, and pretty idea. Thank you.

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Lexi January 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

I loved this idea so much that I actually made three of them except one I did sideways for my really long earrings. Yesterday I was trying to figure out what to do with my obscene collection and this was genius! I have mine hanging on the wall and it works wonders. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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Lisa March 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

ooh! I have a frame that I bought from the second hand store but hadn’t found a use for it. This is super cute and perfect to hang in my bathroom.

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Julie September 7, 2013 at 6:20 am

I love your beautiful idea. I put my own earring organising idea on my blog but linked to this page to show some of the other lovely ideas I’ve found online. Would you take just a minute to check that you are happy with how I’ve linked this and that I have reference it to you properly. I am really new to blogging and really want to make sure I follow proper blog etiquette!
Thank you.

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Stephanie January 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm

I love this idea, will have to get supplies this week! I have ask, where did you get the cute birdie earrings? I can’t stop starting at them!

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Kate @ Toile + Thyme February 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Love this idea! I’m adding this to my to-do list….

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