Tutorial: Dead easy earring display

I made this display to replace my tatty acrylic one at craft fairs and it was so easy I thought I’d share it with you. You can also use it to hang your own earrings on at home, and works for both dangles and stud types as long as they’re not too small.

YOU WILL NEED:
– 2 sturdy wood frames the same size. I chose 2 black A5 size ones, but the bigger they are the more earrings they will hold
– 7 mesh plastic canvas
-2 jewellery box hinges (4 if going for A4 size)
– Hammer and miniature screwdriver or pin vice
– Glue Gun
– It’s optional, but if you wanted to colour your mesh, you could do so by leaving in fabric dye overnight.

1) Take your frames and carefully remove the backing board and glass.
2) Cut the plastic canvas to size using the backing board as a guide. It will need to be the same size. and you will need to cut two.
3)Put the canvas into the frame and fold down the prongs on the back to secure it in place. Add a small blob of glue from your glue gun in each corner to stop it from sagging.
4) Once the glue is cool and hard, put the frames together so that the front on both are touching. Attach your brackets to the top and bottom of the long edge. Use your pin vice or tiny screwdriver to make the initial hole before bashing the pins that hold the brackets in with the hammer.
5) Admire your (not very) hard work! The way that the frames open  means that they will stand on their own accord.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted April 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    oh pretty may have to make one for my stash.
    Great idea.Thanks.
    Amanda.x.

  2. Posted April 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Fab idea! I have recently bought two heart wire baskets, otherwise I would give these a go!

  3. Posted April 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is a great idea. But where do you get the plastic mesh from?

  4. Posted April 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    plastic canvas is available at most needlecraft shops, I picked it up in the embroidery aisle at my local craft shop 🙂

  5. Posted April 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thats brilliant! Simple, but very clever!

  6. Posted April 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thats a great tutorial. Thanks Kerry

  7. Posted April 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great tutorial – thanks! I wish I had all the right tools as then I’d make one. Might be able to get a frame like that ready made though too?

  8. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Straightforward tutorial thanks. Anyone know where to get the plastic mesh from in the UK??

  9. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    Ah thanks for the tip about the needlecraft shops. I’ll try next week.

  10. Posted July 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just stumbled on this via google image search as I start to try and find some craft fair display solutions – fab idea! So trying this out and may get ambitious and try doing it on a bigger scale for necklaces, with cork instead of mesh! Thank you!

  11. Posted October 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Ooh I like! Neat idea with the plastic canvas- never thought of that!! 🙂

  12. Posted November 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love it! Will try it for my next exhibition! 🙂

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