By Kathleen Neafsey
February is nearly over! Short month, so short project — this is, by far, the easiest project that I’ve done! The supply list is also super-short … two items, to be precise! Here’s the background on how this came to be: I’ve had this earring holder; I don’t know where it came from or how it ever made it into my house, but I have it.
Neither of my daughters claims to have ever owned it, but one day I came across it and I needed one, so I started to use it. As you can see by the photo, it’s pretty juvenile, but it served a purpose, sadly, I went with it. For years I’ve been saying that I’m going to replace it, but haven’t found anything that I liked enough. I’m finally at the point where I just can’t stand looking at it anymore, and have been on the hunt for something new, so I’ve been scouring DIY blogs for inspiration. Who knew there could be so many variations of earring holders?! Here’s the one I chose because it looked simple, and can be easily adapted to match your style and decor.
Ready for the supply list? Here goes:
- One picture frame – mine is 8×10 inches
- One piece of plastic canvas to fit inside the frame
While moving furniture in my living room recently, I came across this empty frame – another one of those “don’t know where it came from” items (I should really start locking my doors). Anyway, I liked the frame, it was the perfect size, and it suited my needs completely. You can pick up a frame in the thrift shop or dollar store and paint it however you choose, or you can buy one that’s already the color you want, and save yourself a step. When I can, I like to repurpose things that I already have around the house. As for the plastic canvas, this 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch piece was 46 cents at the craft store….and, to my surprise, it actually comes in a variety of colors!
I hope you’re sitting down for these very detailed step-by-step instructions!
Remove the glass from the frame. Wrap it up, put it someplace safe; you’re bound to need it at some point.
If you’re going to paint the frame, this is your chance. Let the paint dry. I’ve been wanting to paint an old trunk that I have, using this method and these colors, so what better way to practice than on this small frame! I’m quite happy with the results!
After the paint is dry, turn the frame over so it’s lying face down. Lay the plastic on the back of the frame and trim the canvas so there is about an extra half-inch to an inch all the way around the opening of the frame. For added stability, I cut tiny holes where the clips are that would hold the glass in place and I used those to anchor the plastic, as well. Hot glue the plastic to the frame.
Voila! Yes, it’s that easy!
This works for both hanging and post earrings; and I love the fact that I was able to recycle the frame that I already had, and replace the earring holder of unknown origin. Have fun with this, and make it your own!
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time