You can’t have too many earrings. This is my own personal truth. I love them, you could give me a pair of earrings for every birthday or special occasion and I would not wish for something different. My only problem with them was storage.
For years I was on the lookout for a decent earring holder, and as with everything in my life, it had to fit my list of demands.
It had to have,
- Enough holes to fit all my earrings, and have some spare holes left over for future earring purchases.
- Not be ugly/tacky if it was out on display
- Preferably not need to be on display at all.
- Easy to get earrings on and off
- Fit all kinds of earring fittings (hooks, studs, clasps, lever back)
I could never find anything that covered all that I wanted. Then I had an idea, I would make my own. Here is the finished product:
These strips are screwed into the back of the cupboard door of my closet. They’re not visible to anyone, and I can open the cupboard door and see my entire collection. I can pick what I want and easily get them out of the rack. And if I fill up all the remaining holes, I can simply make another row.
If you want to make one of these, they’re pretty easy and you can get everything you need from a hardware store. Happy making!
- Aluminium Strips (as many as you want to make)
- Hacksaw or other metal cutting tool'
- Metal Files (optional - you don't have to smooth the cut edge if you don't want to)
- Can of Spray Paint (for metal and preferably one that doubles as a primer)
- Drill with a 3-4 mm drill bit and a 1-2 mm small drill bit that can drill through metal
- 2 screws x the number of racks
- 2 spacers x the number of racks (optional)
- A spirit level to help when hanging them up.
These are the kind of aluminium strips I used for my racks. They're slightly curved, and cost about $3.80 each for a 1 metre length. I like the curved ones as they make it easier to put the hooks into the holes. You will most likely need to cut these down to size to fit on the back of your door. Use a hacksaw or other metal cutting tool, then use a metal file to remove any rough edges.
Next take a pencil. Mark 1 hole on each end of your strip near the top left and right corners. Then drill this with the 3-4 mm drill bit. These are the holes you'll use to screw the strip to the back of your door.
Now with the pencil again measure and mark your earring holes along the bottom edge of the strip. I made mine with a 30 mm gap between each set of earrings, and for a pair of earrings there is a 15 mm gap between the pair. To keep all the holes nice and even on the length of the strip, make sure to find the middle and do your first pair of earring holes in the middle. Then work your way out either side. This way you will have the same amount of left over space at each end of the strip.
When you've marked the holes, drill them out with the 1-2 mm drill bit. Use a very fine metal file, like those pictured below, to smooth the edges of the holes.
The hardest part in all this is choosing what paint colour you want to paint them. So many beautiful colours! You need the kind that is for metal, and includes a primer. Once you've drilled all your holes, spray the back and front of the strips then allow to dry. You may want to do a couple of coats.
My door that I added my racks to, has a sunken back to it. Which means that there was automatically a 15 mm gap between the rack and the wood of the door. Perfect space to allow the metal strips to not be flush against the wood. If you have a door where the wood is completely flat, then you need a spacer to go between the door and the metal rack (like in the image below). This will push the rack off the back of the door, so that you can get your finger in behind to put studs on the back of earring posts.
Screw each rack to the back of your chosen door, using the spirit level to make sure they're straight.