28 Clever Ways to Keep Your Jewelry Organized
We’ve shared our ultimate picks for gorgeous bracelets, necklaces, and hair accessories that you can totally make yourself. And we hope they’ve served as inspiration to kickstart your handmade accessory collection for the season. But now that you’ve made these amazing pieces, where are you going to store your new bling? Since we’d never lead you into the dark like that, we’re presenting you with 28 outstanding ways to keep your jewelry organized.
1. Hanger Jewelry Holder: This hanger hack looks stunning against a plain brick or heavy patterned wall. Spruce it up even more by painting on a metallic coat to achieve this gorgeous, yet functional display. (via Getty)
2. Frame and Moulding Organizer: Flea markets are prime hunting grounds for second hand hidden treasure just waiting to be repurposed, like an old frame. Take it from a totally toss-able pieces to multi-functional organizer using wood glue, power tools, and a bit of elbow grease.
3. Saucer and Shot Glass Tiered Tray: Stack your way to stylish jewelry organization with an antique plate tiered tray. Clear shot glasses support decorative dessert plates or saucers perfect for catching your most-worn pieces that never quite make it back in their proper places.
4. Painted Prehistoric Toy Ring Holders: We can’t stop smiling at the ideas of adorable painted prehistoric toys. Toss your rings onto the pink mammoth tusks and try tying your favorite bracelets around the dino’s striped pastel neck.
5. Jenga Set Necklace Rack: Sometimes you just need a board game to stay in place. Keep your Jenga pieces from tumbling by turning the loose wooden blocks into a sturdy necklace rack. This project really gives a whole new meaning to color-blocking. Get it!? (via Brit + Co)
6. Table Antlers: Antlers have a naturally jagged shape that makes them a perfect material for a DIY. Glam up an outdoorsy decoration with gold and glitter embellishments.
7. Lace Doily Bowls: Crochet doilies will go from soft and frilly to stiff and strong overnight for this DIY idea. We’re going gaga over the thought of a romantic trio too.
8. Cutlery Tray Necklace Organizer: Cutlery trays are already perfectly compartmentalized, so it makes sense to use them to neatly store necklaces with the addition of some clear knobs and cup hooks. We love the different freehand patterns in each cubby!
9. Animal Jewelry Holder: Glam up the circus tent with another great way to use mini animal toys. For extra support, use multiples of each animal as a storage vessel for your most precious jewels. (via A Beautiful Mess)
10. Twig and Twine Jewelry Hanger: A long durable twig can be hard to come by, so when you stumble upon a branchy beaut, be sure to snatch it up for a jewelry DIY. Once the S-hooks and wrapped twine are super glued in place, try adding feathers or small dreamcatchers to each stick-end for a Southwestern vibe.
11. Utensil Holder Jewelry Stand: Impulse buys at the checkout line can be a very good thing when you think outside the box. A kitchen utensil holder can easily be repurposed to a pencil holder, a DIY lighting cover, or in this case, a jewelry stand. Paired with a chunky candle holder to give it some height, there’s plenty of space both inside and out to store your gems.
12. Cork Board Panel Display: Think of a panel display as real life Pinterest boards for your different kinds of jewelry! Add a pop of color to the cork boards with acrylic paint. We love how a white-stamped board turns out.
13. Acrylic Earring Organizer: Keep your earrings, sunglasses and scarves in one easy-to-find and awesome-to-look-at place. We dig the shabby chic vibe of this distressed window frame. (via A Beautiful Mess)
14. Chalkboard Necklace Hanger: We love how darling, slightly scalloped edges make a wooden block feel. And when you’ve got a chalkboard as the backdrop to your necklace organizer, be sure to scribble a pampering note to your pretty self in the background.
15. Braided Yarn: Thick braided yarn makes a graceful jewelry display. Play with the length of several strands and dramatically drape it around your vanity.
16. Hanging Mesh Jewelry Holder: Thin fishing wire gives the illusion that a mesh jewelry holder is floating in space. We can’t stop thinking that the dangling necklaces makes it look like a jewel-toned jellyfish!
17. Standing Accessory Display: Minimize the amount of holes you drill in your wall while maximizing your accessory organization with this standing display. The final product will take up a good part of a wall, so be extra space conscious before hauling home a four-foot wood panel. (via A Beautiful Mess)
18. Ombre Necklace Rack: Ombre quickly captivated the hearts and wardrobes of statement-makers everywhere, and it’s quickly borashing into the realm of homewares. Jump on the trend with an ombre necklace rack, made with inch-and-a-half-long segments of a wooden dowel.
19. Framed Chevron Painted Cork Board: Paint a chevron pattern on a corkboard to achieve a chic DIY that would fit perfectly in any penthouse. We love the modern contrast between the lighter shades of grey and the dark wood frame.
20. Paint Tray Earring Holder: There’s beauty in simplicity, especially when it’s totally functional too! Paint trays were stacked and given a clean white coat, but we think we’d paint each little bay it’s own bright color so it looked like a real painter’s palate!
21. Dreamcatcher Earring Caddy: This dreamy earring hanger is perfect for those with a substantial collection of dangling beaded or feather earrings. Creating the geometric web is fun, especially when you pattern and improvise with pattern and color. (via Brit + Co.)
22. Driftwood Jewelry Rack: Adopt a lonely piece of driftwood next time you’re at the beach and bring it home for this resourceful DIY. We love the rustic feel the unfinished wood and medley of knobs give a jewelry rack.
23. Hanging Teacup Display: Coffee drinkers, finally get some good use out of your dainty teacup set! Glue the tea cup to each dessert plate at an angle to have a toppling tea party the Mad Hatter would definitely approve of.
24. Painted Hooks Accessory Organizer: Take an assortment of hooks from hodgepodge to super swanky with one coat of paint. Varied bold colors give each hook a distinct personality, making it easier to remember which accessory belongs on which hook.
25. Jewelry Bust: Strike a pose on your good side for this DIY. Though this project is a bit more involved to take from start to finish, who wouldn’t want to put in the time to make an amazing modern bust? (via I Heart Organizing)
26. Pallet and Pipe Jewelry Holder: The curved shape of copper plumbing hardware is a perfect substitute for a traditional look. We love how the faded finish tames the rich teal color of the painted wood pallet.
27. Gold Monogram Dishes: Transform a plain white dish into an elegantly monogrammed accessory vessel. Personalizing a dish is simple — just draw the outline of your initial in pencil before you trace over it with gold leaf pen.
28. Wooden Tray Organizer: If one too many drinks spilled has nicked away at your wooden serving tray, give it a new life in the form of a hanging jewelry organized. The wooden spool “hooks” give this piece a warm, homey feel.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve made into a jewelry organizer? Tell us @BritandCo!
Additional reporting by Sarah Koller
Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.