DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

diy hanging jewelry organizer

Today I'm going to show you how to make your very own hanging jewelry organizer.  I have aquired a lot costume jewelry over the years and although I do have an organizer that I was hanging my jewelry from, the problem was that the necklaces were too long and they'd get bunched up  on my dresser.  There was no way to hang earings, even though I don't have that many, and there was no way to find my bracelets.  What I ended up doing was not wearing my jewelry at all because it wasn't displayed neatly in front of me.  Or I'd end up trying to untangle my necklaces before work. 

I knew that I could buy a similar one online but they were pretty expensive and I knew could just make it myself.  I had a leftover cabinet door from one of my previous projects when I showed you how to make a DIY Cabinet Door Chalkboard.  I set off to finding the materials that I needed to build my hanging jewelry organizer.

jewelry organizer supplies

What You Will Need:

1) Hammer
To break the glass in the cabinet and hammer nails into the wall to hang your organizer.

2) Gold Screw Hooks
These can be whatever color they come in but the color scheme I was going for was gold and white and these just so happened to come in gold.

3) Measuring Tape
I used this to measure and make sure the hooks were even with each other.

4) Grill Mat or Screen
I chose to use this grill mat instead of a screen because it was flexible and easy to cut.  It was also heavy duty enough to hold up my jewelry organizer onto the wall.

5) Staple Gun
For stapling the grill mat to the frame.

6) Drill and Drill Bits
For drilling holes where your screw hooks will go.

7) Gold Spray Pain
Or whatever color you'd like to paint your wooden dowls or frame.

8) Paint
I chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White for my frame and also the grill mat.

9) Wooden Dowl
You can get these in many sizes at your hardward store.  I cut mine in half for two rows.  Also, this is important; make sure your dowl is smaller than the hooks so that you can easily fit your dowls onto your hooks.

10) Frame
You can use anything for a frame like a picture frame or mirror frame. I had a cabinet door frame laying around to use.

Additional Tools
I also used scissors, a plastic surface for painting, paint brush, and Annie Sloan furniture wax for the grill mat not to flake. (You could also use it to seal your paint if you don't want it to chip).

1) First you need to find a safe place to shatter the glass in the frame (if you have glass in your frame).  My husband simply placed it in a bag and shattered it so all the pieces fell in the bag.

2) Next, you need to figure out how many screw hooks you want on your jewelry organizer.  I used 18 hooks total. Twelve hooks to hang necklaces on.  Four hooks for the wooden dowls to rest on.  And 2 hooks for rings.  Make sure you measure out your spacing correctly with your measuring tape.  Also, mark the spot with a marker where you are going to drill.

3) Since these are screw hooks (they are twisted) you will need to use a drill to get them in place.  Use a drill bit that is a bit smaller than the actual hooks you are using. After drilling the holes, simply screw your screw hooks into place.

4) Next, you can go ahead and do all your painting/spray painting.  I painted my frame and grill mat the same color. I waited for the front to dry before painting the back.

5) After cutting the wooden down in half to make two, I used gold spray paint to cover the surface outside.  I also decided to leave the gold fixture at the  bottom on the frame for some extra decor.  Even though it was already gold, I spray painted it to match the dowls and hooks.  (I was able to unscrew this fixture to spray paint it outside).

6) After everything has dried you can use a staple gun to staple the grill mat onto the back of your frame.

7) Put your dowls into place and you will have created something like the image below!

8) The last step is to hang your jewelry organizer on the wall.  You can use nails and the grill mat works well to hang the nails from.  Go ahead and have fun adding all your jewelry to your new organizer!

DIY jewelry organizer
diy jewelry organizerDIY hanging jewelry organizer
diy hanging jewelry display

This was a pretty easy project to make and if you don't have a drill you can always borrow one from someone.  If you already have your paints and a frame then it's pretty cheap to make.  You can even go to a thrift store to find a frame.  The only thing that was a little pricy were the hooks.  They can add up but overall this was still cheaper than what it would cost to buy a similar looking one online because you are doing all the labor. 
What do you use to store your jewelry?
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10 Things to Do in Prague

10 things to do in prague

Last month I visited Prague for the second time.  I live very close to Prague so I plan on traveling there from time to time for the next year or so.  My first visit to Prague was just lovely and nothing like I expected it to be.  This time, I was acting as a tour guide to show the city to my mother and aunt as our last trip before they left back to the states.  Because I've already done a recap of my previous trip to Prague, I figured I'd do a top 10 list for things you should see when you go to Prague for first time visitors!

10 Things to Do in Prague

1) Visit the Old Town Square

The Old Town of Prague is like walking into a midieval wonderland.  Here you'll see the Tyn Church, the Astromonical Clock, Carriage Rides, hearty Czech food stands and if you're lucky a Christmas or Easter Market.  It's a beauitful place to take pictures and get a feel for the city.

carriage ride prague
prague astronomical clock
Tyn Church

2) Go to the Farmer's Markets

Prague is increasingly becoming more green.  Farmer's Markets are popping up more and more all over the city.  This is a good oppportunity to try some fresh produce, buy some cheap knick knacks, and also try some other czech goodies like the famous Czech wafers pictured below.  This particular market was only a few blocks away from the Old Town Square, but you can find more info on other markets, here.

Prague Farmer's Market
farmer's market prague
prague wafers

3) Visit the Charles Bridge at night

The Charles Bridge is a must see for Prague.  It's this eerie looking portway to The Prague Castle.  It's filled with many statues and there are performers and locals selling handicrafts.  The bridge gets extremely crowded during the day so I suggest seeing it at night as well because it will be a little less crowded, plus it's beautiful as the sun is setting.  You can also go on a haunted tour of Prague where they take you across the bridge!
charles bridge
entrance charles bridge
performers charles bridge
charles bridge at night
at night charles bridge
night charles bridge

4) Try the Klobasa and Trdelnik

I have to say, though I've had some good Czech food, it's not a destination known for their food. There are a some things, however, that they do pretty well.  The Czech klobasa is similar to its Polish counterpart, kielbasa.  It's pretty damn good.  And those Trdelniks, made of sugar and cinnamon dough are pretty amazing too. Last time I was in Prague, I tried the halusky and wasn't a fan.  Loving Polish haluski, I figured I'd give the Czech version another try, but it just wasn't for me.
food in prague
czech food

5) Revel in the beauty of Prague as you walk your way to The Prague Castle

The Prague Castle is another must see.  Once you cross The Charles Bridge, you're pretty much on your way there.  You get to pass some lovely shopping and restaurants on the way.  From The Charles Bridge, the Castle looks like it is sooo far away but the walk to get there is a gradual incline so it's  really not so bad.  The Castle is pretty impressive but it is hard to photograph because it is surrounded by a wall.  There are some great restaurants along the way to The Castle.  I recommend "The Three Violins." 
prague castle entrance
prague castle
back view of prague castle

6) See a Cheap Opera, Ballet, Musical, or Magic Act

Prague is known for their inexpensive theater and operas.  On a previous trip to Prague I saw an Italian Opera called Nabucci for around $35.  The opera was in Italian (as most are) and there were Czech and English subtitles. You can find information about different shows, here.
opera in prague

7) Go on a Dinner Cruise

Perhaps seeing Prague by boat is more your thing.  You can sign up for just the cruise and drinks or the cruise and full dinner.  Floating down the Vltava River at night is as romantic as it gets. Book one here.

8) Go on a Day Trip to the Spa Town of Karlovy Vary

There are a ton of things to do in Prague, but if you have more than a few days there, I want to suggest taking a day trip to the Spa town of Karlovy Vary.  It's about a two hour drive from Prague but it's lovely. The architecture is something to see and many people book cheap spa treatments and go to sip some of the "curative waters" from the many natural springs around the town.  It's a more unique experience if you are looking for something in the Czech Republic that isn't Prague.  They recently hosted The International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary this year.  To see my trip to Karlovy Vary, click here.

karlovy vary

 9) Take a Day Trip to the Town of Kutna Hora to See "The Bone Church"

If you have time to do another day trip or just one, then you can also go to the even smaller town of Kutna Hora.  The actual town is not a tourist attraction but it is very cheap and the thing that people go to see is "The Bone Church."  This is a unique destination and the church literally features over 40,000 human bones as decoration.  This is only an hour away from Prague.  If you go there I highly highly recommend visiting the midieval restaurant "Dacicky Pivnice" for some great Bohemian food and several kinds of drinks including mead!  If you want to read about my trip to "The Bone Church," click here.

the bone church 

10) Go to a Pub Crawl

Now I mention this with caution.  While Prague is a pretty safe place to visit, add drinking into the mix and you need to look out for pick pockets and of course never leave your drink out of your sight.  If you can go with a group of friends, the pub crawls in Prague are pretty awesome.  The nightlife in Prague is wild and the last stop on the pub crawl will take you to the biggest club in central Europe (it's near the Charles Bridge).  It has 5 whole floors! Have fun, but be safe!  More info here.
What would you do in Prague?
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Homburg Flea Market

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During my graduation ceremony I mentioned last month, I had a busy busy day.  I walked in my ceremony, traveled four hours home and then had my graduation party.  But before my ceremony which was around noon, I headed to the Homburg Flea Market about 25 minutes outside of Ramstein. This isn't the big city of Hamburg, Germany, but the small town of Homburg near Ramstein.  

Since the flea market began so early, I had a few hours to look around.  Only one hour actually. Though I had limited time to quickly look, I saw a lot of good items.  I even snagged a few.  I would definitely return to the flea market and plan to again next Spring for a proper look around.

Now on to what I bought.  I purchased this seafoam green and gold 50's looking windup clock.  It works too!  The next item I purchased was a ceramic container in basically the same color scheme!  Can you tell I love these colors?  The container is from Paris.  And then I found a cute metal napkin holder.  I saw quite a few of them.

seafoam green and gold 50's windup clock
seafoam green and gold ceramic container parismetal napkin holder
This flea market is pretty big, the biggest in Southwest Germany to be exact.  It's held on the first Saturday of the month from 8-4 and you can find more info here!
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Modern American Made Furniture by BDDW

My newest post for is about good quality American made furniture.  When I think of American furniture I honestly think of Pennsylvania Dutch furniture; sturdy, simple, but not too big on style.  This handcrafted furniture by BDDW is anything but simple.  Their style is making me swoon.  They make everything from mirrors to credenzas.  And check out their version of the grandfather clock.  Wow! Check out the full link below:

Modern American Made Furniture by BDDW

BDDW writing desk

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