Meet the Sullivans: DIY Perforated Sheet Metal Jewelry Display

March 11, 2014

DIY Perforated Sheet Metal Jewelry Display

I love buying new pieces of jewelry -- who doesn't, right?. It's not usually fancy or expensive stuff. It's so easy to make an outfit feel new with a fun piece of jewelry. I love how a bold, colorful statement necklace or pair of earrings can make a plain dress a great outfit! My favorites are BaubleBar, Brass Plum at Nordstrom, Forever 21, Francesca's, Stella & Dot, J. Crew or pretty much anywhere. Problem is, that when it's finally time to get dressed up to go somewhere I can never find what I'm looking for. I thought the system below would be a great way to display and organize my favorite pieces...

...but, it didn't quite work out as I planned!

So, in my constant quest for organization I decided to find a solution that would work. I knew I wanted something where I could see what I have so that I might wear them more often. I shopped around a bit, and I love this Glass Coche Storage from Pottery Barn, and this Metal Jewelry Tree from West Elm, but neither of them quite fit the bill for what I wanted. So, I found an easy and pretty inexpensive alternative!

Here's What You'll Need:
  • a frame (mine is 11x14) $9.99
  • metal snips $11.52
  • a sheet of perforated sheet metal $18.98
I looked at several second hand stores for the right frame, in hopes of being able to personalize something, but ended up finding something more to my liking at Marshall's for less than the used frames I saw. The frame I picked was pretty deep, which worked to my advantage, since I wanted the earrings to be more tucked into the frame.

I bought the metal snips and sheet metal at Home Depot. The people working there were really nice about helping me find what I was looking for. The perforated sheet metal comes in various patterns and finishes, and I almost went with a golf finish, but I'm really glad I went with the satin nickel instead.

Remove the backing off your frame, and pull all the other pieces out (glass, matting, photo place holder, and sometimes there's cardboard), setting aside the piece that fits where your sheet metal will be secured. You'll use this piece to measure where you'll cut the sheet metal. Trace the piece onto the sheet metal using a pencil. 

Cut the sheet metal carefully with the metal snips. The metal can be pretty sharp when it's cut, so please be cautious!

Now you'll want to check that the metal fits into the frame the way you want it too. I had to cut mine a bit more to make sure it fit. I tried a few different ways to secure it to the frame, since I hadn't thought ahead to purchase something when we were at Home Depot.

Like Goldilocks, it took me THREE tries to get it just right. First I tried some small nails (too difficult to nail them into the small space I had), then I gave Gorilla Glue a shot (not sticky enough), and finally hot glue did the job.

I laid the sheet metal into the frame, applied the hot glue over the sheet metal around the edges, making sure it would touch through to the wood of the frame too. Then I used soda cans to weight the metal down and ensure the glue dried while touching both (sheet metal and wood frame) surfaces.

I'm so glad the hot glue worked! It was all dry in an hour or two, so was able to put it to use!

Right now it's only home to some of my favorite earrings, but my plan is to find some kind of hooks to screw into the underside of the top portion of the frame so I can hang a few necklaces from the top too. I also decided to finally use the lovely Waterford crystal bowl we got as a wedding gift (I'm always "saving" these things for special occasions -- but really, I need to just use them!) to display some bracelets -- maybe I'll wear them more now too!

How do you keep your accessories organized?
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the girl in the red shoes said...

LOVE how this turned out!!! And now I want all of your earrings!

Taylor Jeavons said...

This is amazing! I've been wanting to do this but couldn't figure out how. Thanks for the diy inspiration!

Cupcakes and Crossbones said...

How creative! this looks fantastic!

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

oh that turned out so pretty (prettily?)!

Carolyn said...

I have a GIANT one of these hanging in our bedroom - I love it! :)

hello erin said...

woah woah woah. this is genius. i LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! now, craft me one.

Unknown said...

That is so cute! I've always wanted to make one :)

E Hayes said...

Awesome! My friend had something similar in college, but it was like a piece metal from a desk or something that she used, I had no idea you could buy metal like that!

Christina @ Still Lucky said...

What a beautiful way to display your earrings! Love it!

Vanessa said...

Oh my gosh--SO cute and creative!!! Love it, Colleen!

Tiffany said...

So cute! I have got to think of better solutions for storing jewelry. I have a feeling I will be buying more once it starts warming up, and I have nowhere to really store it. :-(

Unknown said...

Such texture designed perforated metal sheets are very much useful in household uses. Die punched perforated metal sheets are also used in outer decorations of buildings.