I love jewelry! It doesn’t matter if it is real, fake, pricey, costume, or anything in between. The shinier and more sparkly, the more I love it.

Like most women, I have the small velvet jewelry boxes for my wedding bands and anniversary gifts. But I ran into a problem when trying to figure out how to store my everyday, fun, costume jewelry.

There’s nothing I love more than a great long multibead necklace or stack of bracelets to complete a look. But every time I went to find what I was looking for, I came across a tangled mess of beads, chains, earrings, and bracelets. Fifteen minutes later, with a few choice words muttered under my breath, I finally freed that one piece I needed to complete my outfit.

One day it occurred to me that I needed a better way to organize my jewelry. Lucky for me and my already hectic mornings, I found a solution: cutlery boxes! Talk about thinking outside of the box! Cutlery boxes make the perfect solution for organizing chains and bracelets!

At Walmart you can find bamboo cutlery trays for $7.88 each. These are a natural wood color. But for $0.97 cents you can spray paint it to match your décor. You may need several trays depending on how much jewelry you have.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Grab a pack of rubber coated hooks, located in the hardware section of most stores: $1.97.
  2. Set your tray vertically so you jewelry has room to hang. At the top of each compartment twist in one of your hooks. You may wish to drill a tiny hole first to make it go in easier.
  3. Once your hooks are secure, you can attach your cutlery box to the wall or closet door using an anchor and screw, or just prop it up on your vanity. Feel free to group your jewelry by color or style to make choosing a piece even easier.

No more tangled jewelry. No more explaining to your boss why you were late. No more heaps of beads. This simple solution will bring calm to your jewelry chaos!

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2 thoughts on “Think Outside of the Cutlery Box: Easy DIY Jewelry Display”

  1. kris@yahoo.com says:

    U can also use PLANO brand clear tackle box organizers(these come in many different sizes,length,width,height,they r clear so U can C all w/out labeling).I use the small one for my earrings that can be mixed matched with other pieces of jewelry. Most will fit into drawers stacked 2-3 high.The dividers can be moved for necklace/bracelet/earrings/rings into the same “pocket”.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh my! This is an absolutely wonderful idea. My BF makes jewelery from rough cut gemstones (cabs and bracelets, earrings, etc.); he’s always needing an inexpensive way to display his pieces. He then photographs them to show his FB “family” his finished pieces. Lots of oooohs and ahhhs…

    THANK YOU for such a terrific and very inexpensive idea!