Earring Holder for $2, If You Repurpose, or $3 If You Splurge

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Make a repurposed earring holder for only $2 in less than 30 minutes. 

orange and white ear ring holder
white grid mats
 I was in the Dollar Store killing time several weeks ago and saw this sink mat.  I really like the bold grid pattern.  Simple. Clean. Compelling.
It’s been knocking around in  my head  for weeks.  I finally figured out what I wanted to make with it – an earring holder.
picture frame, white grid mats and blue paper napkins

Discount Store Shopping List

Sink Mat
Wrapping Paper (Couldn’t find any I liked)
Paper Napkins   (ended up not working, read on)
It cost $3 + tax ($2 + tax since I repurposed, keep reading).  I couldn’t wait to get started.
Supplies at Home:
Craft Paint
Foam Paint brush
Mod Podge  (ended up not working, read on)

picture frame insert on top of white mat and scissors cutting

I removed the glass from the picture frame and quickly painted the picture frame with white craft paint.  I had craft paint left over from when my son made a Captain America shield for his Halloween costume last fall.  (Now I’ve got to find a use for the glass from the frame. Hmmm….)

I cut the sink mat to fit inside the frame.

frame back, blue napkin, decoupage glue and sponge brush

My original plan was to Mod Podge the napkins to the cardboard back of the frame.  Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out very well.  I know I’ve seen where people have decoupaged paper napkins and they turned out well.  I don’t know what went wrong, but I moved onto idea number two (or number three since the wrapping paper didn’t pan out.)

orange plastic folder

Fortunately, I’d just been emptying out my son’s school folder of papers. 

 And “bing” the light bulb went off. 

Why not use the beat up old folder for the pop of color behind the white grid? 

And when I say “beat up”, I mean BEAT UP!

frame back on top of orange folder and scissors cutting

I cut the folder to the same size as the card board back. 

The inside of the plastic folder was clean and bright, so I made sure that side was facing up when I reassembled the frame.

 Ta da. 

close up of orange and white ear ring holder

My 16 year old daughter says she likes this earring holder better than the store bought one she has because the holes for the earring hooks are bigger and easier to access.  Woo hoo.  A compliment from a 16-year old!!!

Revised Shopping List

Sink Mat
Plastic Folder     or     Wrapping Paper    or    Gift Bag     or     Paper you can decoupage   (the options are wide open)

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  1. Wow, Susan! This is so very creative and functional and cute AND got a compliment from a teenager even. Thanks for sharing this fun idea. I saw it over at the Dollar Tree Challenge party.

  2. It makes me smile that you share my appreciation of a teenager’s compliment. Who knew that those compliments are worth more than gold?! Have fun with the Dollar Tree Challenge projects.

  3. As an earring addict, I am constantly trying to find the best way to store my earrings and display them. This is amazing!

  4. So cute! I think I might make this with a purple background for my bathroom. I found you at the Dollar Tree Challenge link-up, too 😀

    1. Purple is my favorite color. I’d love to see how yours turns out using purple as the background color. I might have to run make another one. 😉

  5. Great job on this. I love the bold graphic of the sink mat! Thanks for entering the $5 challenge.

  6. Thanks, Heather. That bold graphic mat is still tumbling around in my brain looking for other repurposing projects. There’s just something about the beauty AND function in its simplicity.

  7. I made two of these last night! Absolutely loved them! Will definitely be making more for gifts! Thanks for the idea!!!

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    1. I’m not sure, Folk Art, maybe. It was just whatever I had around the house. Hope you enjoy yours if your’e making one.

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  13. Great upcycle. As an earring addict, I really appreciate this project. My background would probably be purple, too. Glad the decoupage didn’t work; the earwires would have eventually scratched it all up!

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