Is your jewelry jumbled and tangled up?  Here’s a solution for all those piles of necklaces and bracelets with a simple built in jewelry storage project.  You can make your own DIY hanging jewelry organizer.  Here’s a step-by-step on how to build your own in a weekend.

hanging jewelry organizer in farmhouse bedroom with gray chair and khaki pillow

The other day someone described me as a human exclamation point.

I laughed out loud when I heard it.

Because it’s true.

And yesterday when I found out when the chalkboard made it to the next round in the contest this exclamation point jumped around the room and waved its hands in the air and shouted….

….and stopped to catch its breath and then shouted and jumped and waved some more.

Thank you.


Thank you to each and every single one of you on behalf of punctuation marks everywhere.

In the exclamation point department, this project is worth thousand of them.  If your jewelry is jumbled and messy, it’s time to organize it.

Here’s a step-by-step on how to build your own hanging jewelry organizer in a weekend.

What are some simple ways to organize your jewelry?

You want to start by pulling all the jewelry out of your current organizing container.  Place on a flat surface and sort into three piles.  Place jewelry into a pile that you want to donate.  Place jewelry into another pile that you need to throw away.  Place jewelry into another pile that you want to keep.  Next, organize the remaining pile into necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  Use hooks and small dowel rods to organize the jewelry accordingly.

How do you store jewelry?

A hanging jewelry organizer like this is a perfect way to keep all your jewelry organized and out of sight.  Hang the necklaces from hooks on the interior of the hanging jewelry organizer.  Place earrings on small dowel rods.  Hang bracelets on smaller hooks at the bottom of the organizer.

What can I hang my necklaces on?

Simple hooks from the hardware store, like the ones we used in this project are perfect for keeping necklaces organized.  You can also use decorative door hardware or simple wood pegs.

How do I store necklaces when traveling?

This is a great project for organizing your jewelry at home, but what happens when you travel?  So many times, jewelry can get tangled and jumbled in a jewelry bags.  Why not try this simple idea?  Use straws to organize necklaces.  Simple string necklaces through the straw and fasten.  This keeps the necklaces from becoming tangled.

The best part about this project is that it’s is easy and inexpensive to make.

It’s a hanging jewelry organizer made from a single sheet of 1/2″ MDF.

All the cuts were done at our local home improvement store and it took an afternoon to assemble.

organizer for earrings and jewelry with mirror in front

When it’s closed, it looks like this.

All simple and classic and unassuming.

But inside, watch out world.

Hello gorgeous. 🙂

hanging jewelry organizer with door open hanging on wall

Hanging Jewelry Organizer


  • 1/2″ MDF cut into the following pieces
  • 16″ wide x 52″ long (cut one for front piece)
  • 15″ wide x 51″ long (cut one for back piece)
  • 2 1/4″ wide x 51″ long (cut two for side pieces)
  • 2 1/4″ wide x 16″ long (cut two for top pieces)
  • long piano hinge
  • door fastener
  • 1 small dowel rod
  • multi-pronged hook
  • full-length mirror with plastic backing
  • glue

piece of mdf used for hanging jewelry organizer

Step 1:  assemble pieces

Start with a piece of 1/2″ MDF that looks like this.

dimensions of wood pieces for hanging jewelry organizer

Step 2:  Cut boards

Cut the large board into sections like this.

You will need to have them cut:

16″ wide x 52″ long (cut one for front piece)

15″ wide x 51″ long (cut one for back piece)

2 1/4″ wide x 51″ long (cut two for side pieces)

2 1/4″ wide x 16″ long (cut two for top pieces)

We had them cut all the pieces at our local home improvement store for easy assembly.

pieces of wood for hanging jewelry organizer graphic

Step 3:  Nail pieces together

The side pieces will be slightly shorter than the top pieces.

Kind of like a puzzle.

Nail together as shown.

built in jewelry organizer with mirror

Step 5:  Attach the mirror

Here’s what the mirror looks like after we hung it….but make sure you glue the mirror to the front board before attaching the hinge.

We attached the mirror to the door with glue.


Step 6:  Attach the piano hinge

Get ready to organize.


Step 7:  Attach dowel rods

Drill holes in the side of the organizer slightly larger than your dowel rods.

Cut two small dowel rods to 15″ long.


Bend dowel slightly and attach in holes and secure in place with drop of glue.


Step 8:  Attach hooks

We hung 12 multi-pronged hooks to organize the necklaces.


Step 9:  Add door knob and door fastener

These fun door knobs came from the Hobby Lobby knob department.

Under $5.00 with a 40% off coupon. 🙂


Here’s a close-up of the door fastener.

hanging jewelry organizer in farmhouse bedroom with gray chair and khaki pillow

I love the project.

It was like Christmas opening up the jewelry box and finding necklaces and earrings that I had forgotten all about.

I’ll leave you with one more look at the finished hanging jewelry organizer.

And a few extra exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Image for Marisa Franca Marisa Franca

    I LOVE IT!!!!! My jewelry is stuck in boxes in drawers everywhere and half the time I'm searching for a particular piece. This would be fantastic and it would give my Honey some project that would keep him busy! That is a win - win for me. Thank you so much. Have a wonderful day!!! The exclamation points are for you. Congrats on making it to the second phase. Let us know when we can vote again. :-)

  2. Image for Delight Ellis Delight Ellis

    I love it! What a great idea. So glad you're on to the next round with your chalkboard calendar also! Seriously KariAnne, that one is brilliant!!

  3. Image for Anne Presley Anne Presley

    Congratulations for moving on - bling is your specialty so no wonder your idea is FANtabulous. Have a shiny, springy day.

  4. Image for Catharine Inniss Catharine Inniss

    Love this project, KariAnne. I think I will ask my husband to make one for me. Not being sexist - that is just the way we have divided things up. Human exclamation point. That is so you!!! (lol). And you sure wouldn't want to be a period. xxoo Have a great day,RockStar! Catharine

  5. Image for Diana W. Diana W.

    YAY! Soooo glad you are advancing to the next round! I am drooling right now, which isn't pretty because one of the dogs is trying to lick it off my face and I'm trying to see how to make the dang jewelry box! Of course it's a male dog! Why do boys NEVER understand how important jewelry storage is? I love this! I've seen several of these and this one is my favorite so far (of course!). By the way, I'm crushing on that floor! Is it painted? Because I think I feel a swoon coming on if it is.... How could I have missed that floor? Signed: Another exclamation point/question mark

  6. Image for Susan McMullen Susan McMullen

    OMG! I Love Love Love IT! I have jewelry wadded up, tossed in bowls, some hang on a basket in bathroom- I can never find what I'm looking for, or it's a tangled mess! (Imagine that!) I'm thinking I have a project in my weekend future :-)

  7. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    I tried to vote for you Karianne, but something was wrong for or with me. It only showed a choice of two that I did not know..... I never could figure out how to change it to you.... so then I thought that maybe it was a series of voting for categories and boy was I wrong..... it would not let me vote for you. I do not know what I did wrong (other than vote for someone I don't know)..... but wish someone would tell me so I could do it right the next time. And I am putting this case for jewelry on my 'going to make' list and well in the meantime, I just LOVE your earrings.

  8. Image for Angela Angela

    This is a fabulous little project! Another one to put on my "to do" list!! Congratulations on moving on!!!!!!!!! Have a beautiful day!~~Angela

  9. Image for Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger

    oh wow!! I love this. I am not handy enough to build something like this but I have a dad who is!! I need 3-4 I think. I may have a bit of obsession with the gorgeous necklaces that are out there right now. ~Cheryl

  10. Image for Patti Patti

    Really clever and useful. I usually hang my necklace (at least the ones I'm currently wearing) on the corner of my dresser mirror. :) I especially love the beautiful doorknob.

  11. Image for Elisabeth Elisabeth

    It's beautiful. Functional and lovely at the same time. I really like the cabinet knob, too. Hobby Lobby has such a nice selection.

  12. Image for Regina Regina

    VERY nice! I'm toying with the idea of a pegboard jewelry organizer for my longer necklaces . . . but this is prettier!

  13. Image for Beverly Beverly

    I LOVE this! I'm thinking our 11 year old daughter needs this for her birthday present (her birthday is later this month) and I need this for a Mother's Day gift! I'll get my husband working on it ASAP - LOL.

  14. Image for Sheila Moore Sheila Moore

    I love the organizer Karianne. I was just thinking this morning that I need to make something like this for ALL my jewelry. I get tired of opening EVERY box jus tto choose which piece I'm going to wear. Thanks for the tutorial. Oh and Congrats on going to the next round!!!!!

  15. Image for Debbie @Dewdrop Gables Debbie @Dewdrop Gables

    This is fabulous!! I love it, so much better than having the jewellery hanging open on the wall (like it is in my room). I've pinned this and have to see what wood we have lying around so I can coerce my husband into helping me make one. I love the mirror on's perfect!! And congratulations in making it to the next round!!! Debbie :)

  16. Image for Teresa Fields Teresa Fields

    Oh my, oh my, I am jumping up and down. Want to update the master bedroom this summer and I've wanted a long mirror forever!! This is perfect. Now to sweet talk the husband to help.

  17. Image for Charotte @ Charlotte's Chair Charotte @ Charlotte's Chair

    Yay!! I'm so happy you made it to the next level! Congratulations! Your jewelry organizer is really functional and I love that you can shut the door and hide it all! Great idea!

  18. Image for Sharon Sharon

    OMGEE, Karianne! First, congratulations on making it to the next round. AND, me and my hoop earrings are SO impressed with this jewelry organizer!! There aren't enough exclamation marks to express how much I LOVE it.

  19. Image for Carrie Carrie

    I would suggest adding cork board somewhere so that you can stick your non hanging earrings in it. You can attach a little tray somewhere to hold backs.

  20. Image for Rachell Rachell

    How did you manage to nail the pieces together without the board splitting? I tried this today and every place I nailed split on both pieces

  21. Image for Blue Blue

    I love it! This is about to be my weekend project for next weekend. But is there an omitted part or did we skip step 4?

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