DIY Distressed Wood Earring Hanger

DIY distressed wood earring hanger

I have a ton of earrings.

If you’re a regular follower, you probably recognize a few in the picture from previous DIY tutorials.

You’d think, by now, that I would have found a decent solution to storing all of them, right?


old earring box

This was the solution. Ugh, earrings everywhere. I could never find a match without dumping out the whole pile. I swear I’m not this messy of a person. Disorganization drives me nuts.

Needless to say, it was time for a change.

If your jewelry box looks like mine, please allow me to help you organize it. Follow my tutorial below.

I found a pre-built chicken wire frame at the Pat Catan’s and settled on distressed wood for the design. I really enjoy the look of distressed wood but have never tried to recreate the look on my own. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be.


Earring Hanger Materials

  • Frame
  • Sealant
  • Sandpaper
  • Chicken Wire
  • Sponge brush
  • Hot melt glue
  • Wooden accents
  • Acrylic paint (3)

If you can’t find a pre-built frame, you can buy a regular picture frame, remove the glass and staple the chicken wire to the frame.

wooden frame - orange

Step 1: paint layer one

Brush on the first layer of paint. Don’t cover everything. Be careless, seriously.


frame in red

Step 2: paint layer two

Brush on the second color of paint using the same process in the previous step.

Messy is good.


earring hanger wood accents

Step 3: paint the accents

Using the same process, paint the accent pieces.


wood frame accents

Step 4: glue the wooden pieces together

When everything is dry, glue the accents onto the frame.


earring holder -brown

Step 5: paint layer three

Using a bit more care this time, paint on the final color.


distressing wood paint

distressed wood

Step 6: distress the wood

When that last layer of paint is dry, grab your sandpaper and rub it against the wood. You will have to press harder than you think.

Aim for the edges of the frame, right down the center and the accents.


wood sealant

Step 7: seal the wood

Brush all of the loose paint flakes from the frame and brush on your sealant.


DIY distressed wood earring hanger

Easy peasy! Now you have a beautifully distressed earring  hanger.

I really enjoy the combination of colors. I thought about using blue and green under the brown, but I’m glad I chose the red and orange. They look nice with the brown, don’t you think? Let me know! Leave me comments 🙂

Happy crafting!

6 thoughts on “DIY Distressed Wood Earring Hanger

  1. That is going to make find earrings much easier for you! I don’t wear earrings but trying to find a pair quickly in the morning would drive me insane if they were in a bowl/pile.

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