DIY earring holder tutorial

I had a cardboard box full of earrings. Because sometimes, I’m classy. But sooner or later I opened my eyes and saw that I was a mess. I saw some beautiful earring holders online for…. $$150!!!!!!! what. So instead, I made my own for $20!! And then I made a huge one for the shop for $30. And then I made a cute little one for $2. So pick whichever one fits your earring (and budget) needs.

You’ll need:
-One of the following: a hanger, a small print drawer, a large print drawer, or an old coke bottle wood crate. Or something else wood-y.
-A 1/16 drill bit, plus a drill
-Screw eyes (we bought the smallest ones the hardware store had… so helpful, I know)

So no matter which holder you use, you’ll use the same basic principles:

-Drill a hole in the wood with a 1/16 drill bit. Drill it about 1/4 inch in. (or less)
-Then screw in tiny eyelet hooks.

Screwing in all the eyelets will get SO tiring on your hands (especially if you do the one that has like 80 spaces, that’s 160 to screw in!), so do it slowly during a movie or something. Or 5 movies.

For the hanger: Space the holes about an inch apart if you want to put one pair in one hook. That’s what we did. You could also have two holes right next to each other if you want one earring per hole.

This one is a huge antique printer drawer. This huge guy is just like the ones I saw online for $150! That’s so crazy. Yes, it took FOREVER to put it all the holes and eyelets, but it was worth it! This is how we organize and display some of the earrings at the shop. It is great. You can find the old printer drawers on ebay or antique stores for super cheap! We found this big one for probably $25 at an antique store.

And this is the “half sized” printer drawer. Shown is the wacky earring collection of yours truly. Yeah, I have some really weird earrings, don’t judge me.  I only put the earring things in about half of the spaces… I like the randomness of it! We found this half guy at the same antique store for $15ish.

Ok, one last step. You could just prop this up on a table, dresser, counter, whatever. But we have ours hanging in the shop and my half sized one hanging in our room. We put two d-rings on both sides at the top: 

And then you have nails or screws on the wall that those rings will just hang into.
And you’re done! Get rid of that nasty whatever-you-were-using-earlier-for-your-earrings-maybe-just-your-counter thing.

Leave comments with any questions if you have any! I know I’m great at explaining things so this is probably crystal clear. (not)



  1. Tricia Rose April 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    That is wonderfully orderly and looks great – now go out and buy yourself some earrings to celebrate!

  2. Rebecca April 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Wow!! I have been looking for a earring organizer this is awsome TY!!

  3. Allison April 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    These are hands-down the nicest earring holders I have seen made. I guess I’m on the hunt for a printer drawer now! Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Lauren April 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm
  5. sandy April 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Love this! I showed it to my husband with a wink-wink-nudge-nudge-you-can-make-this-for-me-as-a-surprise expression.

  6. Katie B April 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I love your earring collection! The weirder the better in my opinion.

  7. Cassandra May 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    That is an amazing idea! I’m 11 years old and I make jewelry and the look like things that should be put in a store.. Well anyway I don’t like to just put the earrings I made, put them in a little plastic bag, and putting them in a box. So I want to enter a craft show, and this would be the PERFECT thing for my jewelery! Very creative!!!!

  8. Barbara April 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    this is really cute and really unique! thanks for posting this great idea :)
    I also amde my own earring holder, please have a look at:

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