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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