Sunday, February 08, 2015

DIY Earring Display

Sometimes, when you're a maker of things, you tend to accumulate an abundance of said things. Sometimes, you run out of room to store these things. Sometimes, you have to make new things to organize your existing things. This weekend I made a new earring stand to accommodate my collection. I was pinspired by this, although I went about it a little differently.

First, the supplies:
  • Mesh trash can - I found one for $5.99 at Tuesday Morning
  • Lamp base at least a couple inches taller than the trash can - $5.99 from Goodwill
  • Epoxy - I already had some on hand from a previous repair project
  • Wire snips
  • Paper plate and plastic knives - or something similar for mixing epoxy
  • Drop cloth or paper bags to protect your work surface

DIY Earring Display

Using the wire snips, I removed the lamp's cord.

DIY Earring Display

The lamp I found had a plastic ring that would hold the shade or globe onto the base.

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I mixed a small amount of epoxy with my two knives.

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Then I smeared it on the flat side of the plastic ring, making sure not to get it on my skin, and stuck it in the center of the bottom of the trash can.

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I let the epoxy set overnight. In the morning, I screwed the lamp base into the ring, and there we have it!

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Finally, I loaded it up with all my earrings, in rainbow order naturally. I put the studs near the bottom rim, so I can reach up into the trash can to get the earring backs on and off. I had originally intended to use a lazy susan to make it spin-able, but since that plastic ring screws onto the base, I can spin it as is, as long as I don't spin it too far and unscrew it entirely.

DIY Earring Display

Now don't you want to make your own? Have fun personalizing it! Painting the trash can and using a different style of lamp base (or maybe a paper towel holder or a large candle stick?) could give it a completely different look if the modern, minimalist style doesn't appeal to you. You may also have to get creative when it comes to attaching the two together. Not all lamps will have that unscrew-able ring. You could drill a hole in the bottom of the trash can and stick your lamp right through. Add a decorative finial on top to finish it off!

6 comments:

  1. This is really clever! It wouldn't work for me tho because I remove the hooks from all my earrings (allergies..). Everything should be in rainbow order!

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    1. Thanks, Helga, but I don't understand. If you remove the hooks, how do you wear your earrings?

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  2. Hi Carissa!
    Great idea! It won't work for me because my room is shabby chic and vintage... Maybe painting it white, it would work!
    kisses from Portugal!

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    1. Absolutely! You could paint the trash can white and use a different lamp for the base. The original that inspired me had a curvier base and a black trash can, which definitely looked a little more traditional. But since my taste runs more toward the sleek and modern, I went with a silver trash can and a simple pole lamp.

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