This afternoon when I got home from college I was very distracted. Instead of working on my Old Testament essay which is due at the end of next week, I decided to do some craft.
I’d been wanting to make an earring holder from a photo frame for a while but hadn’t really looked into how to do it. Perhaps when I looked into it today was the beginning of my distraction.
One that I looked at suggested using a staple gun to fix some burlap onto the back of a frame. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a staple gun lying around. But I had some cheap IKEA frames that I got from a quiz night and thought I could at least try using a normal stapler. The worst that could happen would be breaking the stapler.
Some other earring holders I’d looked at used lace strung across the frame. I had some lace left over from the wrapping from our wedding presents (I kept all the ribbons) that I thought would be perfect for this project. Here’s what I used to make my earring holder:
I took out the back of the frame and the plastic photo protector in front so I had just the frame. I stapled the lace to the back of the frame, doing the high sides first and then the inner edge so that the lace would be tight across the frame.
Here it is up close:
The wood was surprisingly and pleasantly easy to staple into. Well, on one side. This was the nice side. The other side wouldn’t let the staples go in straight and I think I wasted a whole unit of staples trying to do that side. They weren’t all pretty in the end, but I added some glue over the staples for good measure. I can’t guarantee that all IKEA photo frames will work for this project, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Here’s the finished product. I’m very happy with it.
I made this one for my studs so I used a lot of lace and stapled the strands close together. I’m thinking of making another one with bigger gaps between the lace for some of my dangly earrings. You could also paint the frame if you wanted to.
Now that’s done, I should get back to work!