This DIY Girls Chipboard Earring Organizer can be cut into any shape you want! Display it on a shelf or hang it on the wall to keep those earrings organized.
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My daughter got her ears pierced a few months ago. Since then she has been slowly collecting little earrings. But she’s hasn’t had one single place to keep them all organized so I decided to make a small earring organizer using some basic craft supplies I already had at home.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY earring organizer:
- Chipboard or thicker cereal box
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge (I used the matte)
- Foam brush
- Silhouette Cameo (or other cutting machine)
- Painter’s tape
- Hole punch (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
First, decide what shape you want to cut your earring organizer. My daughter and I decided on a simple flower shape that I already had in my Silhouette library. I would recommend choosing a shape that doesn’t have too many angles or curves. The area needs to be big enough to be useful.
For this project, you’ll need to use chipboard to give the earring organizer a more sturdy base. I like to save some of the bigger cereal boxes and just cut out the large front and back panels. It’s a great way to save money on a basic craft supply!
Open your Silhouette Design Center. Grab the shape you want to cut out and center it on your page. I enlarged the flower I used to about 9.5″ wide, making sure to lock the ratio so it wasn’t distorted.
Next, prep your cutting mat by laying the chipboard in the center. Then use some painter’s tape to hold it in place. I’d recommend avoiding putting the tape where the rollers will be because they can’t grip the mat, which can cause a problem with the cut. (Ask me how I know this…) I only put tape on the top and bottom and that did the job.
Adjust the cut settings to ‘Chipboard’. The blade depth, speed, force and passes will automatically populate, however, you may have to make some adjustments depending on the age of your blade and the thickness of the chipboard you are cutting. You can always do a test cut to see if you have it right. Then load your cutting mat and send your project to the Silhouette to cut.
When it’s finished cutting, remove the cutting mat from the machine. Pull off the painters tape and then remove your shape.
Now, you’ll need to cut the scrapbook paper that you’ll be Mod Poding on top. Place a piece of scrapbook paper on your cutting mat, adjust the cut settings to ‘Cardstock’ and then adjust your blade and other settings if necessary. (Depending on the type of cardstock you use, it will determine which ‘Cardstock’ setting you select. I recommend just a plain cardstock without texture to make attaching it to the base easier.) Load the cutting mat into your machine and send your project to your Silhouette. When it’s done, unload the cutting mat and remove the scrapbook paper.
Next, get a paper bowl or plate and pour some Mod Podge onto it. Use your foam brush to apply the Mod Podge onto the chipboard base of your earring holder. You just need to apply an even layer of the Mod Podge–not so thin that it dries to quickly or too thick that it soaks through the chipboard and paper. Place your scrapbook paper on top of the chipboard base before the Mod Podge dries. You should have a little time to shift it into place so don’t stress about getting it exactly right when laying it down.
Let the chipboard and scrapbook paper dry. It shouldn’t take more than 15-20 minutes at most.
The next step is a personal preference but I always recommend it. I like to put a layer of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper. I think this gives it a more finished look, helps add sturdiness and a little more durability. Again, let it dry. I would suggest giving it about 30 minutes just to ensure that both layers are completely dry since the next step requires you to touch the surface of the earring organizer.
To make the holes:
The next step is to mark where you want to put the holes that will hold each pair of earrings. To do this, you’ll need a ruler and a pencil. I spaced each of the earring sets 1/2″ apart. I spaced each earring set 1″ away from each other. As my daughter’s earrings are all fairly small, this gives enough space for each set. However, you could easily adjust these measurements if you’ll be storing larger or longer earrings. I just made a small mark where the hole would be going.
I decided to use a hammer and small nail. Because of the thickness of the cardstock + scrapbook paper + the size of the hole, I decided against trying to cut the holes using the Silhouette. I got a piece of scrap wood, positioned the earring organizer on top of it and just hammered the nail in. You don’t need to hammer very hard or deep. Just enough to make a hole that you can push an earring through. Continue this process until you have as many earring sets as you can fit on the board.
At this point, you can either be done with the earring organizer and start putting the earrings in. Or you can add a small ribbon to the top like I did. I used a handheld hole punch to make the holes, then threaded the ribbon through and tied it in a little knot.
And now you’re done! I love how simple this earring organizer is to make. I also love that it can be totally customized with the shape and scrapbook paper used to fit the decor/theme of the room.
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What shape would you create for your earring organizer?