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DIY Antique Frame Jewelry Holder

DIY Antique Frame Jewelry Holder Today I am going to share a little DIY project that I made for myself last week. I photographed my progress. . . just in case I decided to share. A few years ago, maybe more than a few, I made a  jewelry holder from a sleek black frame and black plastic mesh stretched as a canvas inside the frame. The idea was to use the holes in the mesh to hold my earrings and by adding tiny cup hooks around the four edges of the frame, I had a place to hang my necklaces and bracelets too. It worked great for many years, but honestly, the modern look was not in sync with the style of my new French inspired bedroom. After mulling ideas around for a few weeks, I came up with a plan; I would upcycle a flea market frame by giving it a vintage finish with Annie Slone Chalk Paint (leftover from refinishing the dresser in this photo) and continue the vintage look by using a thick, rough linen fabric for the mesh. I actually walked around the fabric store testing different fabrics with my earring until I found the perfect piece that allowed the earring to slide in easily yet was strong enough to keep the weave in place. At Home Depot I was able to find half-inch by two-inch wood that I trimmed as an inner frame to fit on the back and inside lip of the decorative outer frame. This would not only provide the structure to stretch the linen, but give me a wood surface to add the cup holder hooks around the edge. Below is the step-by-step tutorial on how I made this jewelry holder. I would love to hear if you are inspired to make one too. I know you will love it!  ~Lia

Antique Frame Jewelry Holder Tutorial DIY Jewelry Holder



Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer. Find more of her creative inspiration at liagriffith.com.

  1. Do you happen to recall the name of fabric/where you got it? It’s perfect!! So pretty!!

    • I bought it is Portland’s Fabric Depot. They have an online store too. It is an interior fabric and the thickest version of their unbleached 100% linen. Kinda spendy but I needed less than a yard and they always have a 40% coupon to use.

  2. How did you get the cup hooks to stay in the fabric (without it being pulled out of shape)? Or am I missing a step?

    • The frame that I made to fit inside the larger frame, on which I stretched the linen, is wide enough to give me about an inch of wood around the edge of the linen, once it is inside the larger frame. The cup hooks screw into that wood. They are tiny enough that I was able to do it without having to drill any holes.

    • Does that make sense? My brain is weary and I feel like I just bsbbled. Lol

      • I’m not an earring person… would it work to add maybe a couple horizontal wood slats in the middle and near-bottom of the frame to be able to add more cup hooks? How much weight do you think they can hold?

        (Btw, VERY cool project. I’m in love with the final product!)

  3. Great idea ! really nice, thanks for sharing !

  4. Love how the linen is a near perfect match for your wall color. I didn’t notice it when I first saw it. Beautiful!

    Just stumbled on your blog and love all your beautiful projects and photography :)

  5. I love this so much! The only problem I’m having is finding a frame! The thrift stores I’ve been going to have nothing as beautiful as what you have here. I’m even willing to spend a little more money to get a nice frame, but I’ve just found nothing! So sad. I can’t wait until I find the perfect frame for this! Thank you for sharing.

    • Sometimes it takes a while, but they are out there. This one came from a Goodwill. It is not so old but definitely ornate. Check Craigslist too. I am always scouring the flea markets, second hand stores and antique malls for goodies that I can transform. It has become a game to me. :-)

  6. That looks really neat! I feel like im caught in another world when I look at the entire theme put together! awesome!

  7. Where did you get the hooks? Thanks.

  8. I love your stuff! I’m redoing my bedroom and am hoping to do a similar color pallet. Do you know the name of the wall paint color?

    • Yes! It is Perfect Greige from Sherwin Williams. I painted both of my bedrooms this color for a nice neutral canvas and I love it.

  9. A solution for those that want to put hooks more in the center of the frame, is to have a piece of ‘press-board’ cut to fit inside the frame (like the glass would). Just stretch the fabric over the board and tape or staple, thumb-tack, whatever works for you. The press-board can be harder to screw into, so you might want to hammer the tip of a small nail in first, to start the holes for the screw-in cup hooks.
    Another possible solution, if you could find a sheet of metal (old cookie sheet?) to fit, you could cover with fabric and duct tape it in back, then use magnet backed hooks. Warning! metal jewelry might not hang straight due to magnets.

  10. I love this so much! Great instructions with photos to follow too! I am confused about one step though…once you glued and stapled the inner frame together, how did you get it to stay inside the old frame? Thanks for your awesome idea!! :)

    • I put corner brackets on all four corners to hold it in place. I used L shaped brackets placed so the point goes towards center and over the inner frame, then attached them with screws onto the outer frame.

  11. This is so cute!!! I recently started selling a line of Jewelry, Jewel Kade & need a fun way to display the jewelry at my parties & this looks perfect! The vintage feel will go great. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  12. Hi there! I love your blog and I’m thinking of doing this project, but I’m also intrigued by your mannequin. Where did you get it??

    • It is a Wolf Model 1984 dress form. I bought it on Craigslist but since have seen some, even older on both Etsy and Ebay. It was missing the stand so I found this plant stand to hold it and some old wood finales to finish it. I love it now!

  13. Useful and helpful ideas shared on this post for keeping jewelry safely and will follow it to keep our jewelries.

  14. Are you using two different pieces of wood for the inner frame because i dont understand that glue and staple it down but then you remove it to put the fabric on

  15. This is simply beautiful. What size picture frame did you use? and what type of wood did you purchase for the inner frame?


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