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4 Creative Ways to Store Your Jewelry at College


How to store your jewelry at college

As the start of another school year approaches, I’ve been thinking about how to store all the stuff I need to take to school, especially my large jewelry collection. One pair of earrings may be small, but it’s amazing how much space you need for all your earrings, and necklaces, and bracelets, and…the list goes on!

I like to be able to see everything at one time so I can grab what I need and go on busy mornings, so easy viewing has always been a priority for me. Jewelry boxes are great, but when’s the last time you took the time to dig through yours when you’re almost late for class?

True to my DIY spirit, I’ve never splurged on any formal jewelry holders, but I’ve crafted and re-purposed some of my own quite effectively, mostly from thrifted items. I have also spent the last six years selling handmade jewelry at craft fairs, so I’ve really put these ideas to the test on the road! Below, I’ll show you 4 creative methods to both store and display your jewelry collection at college.

1. Basket Earring Displays

Metal basket for jewelry

Thrift stores are notoriously great for finding baskets, so when I saw this shallow metal one at my favorite thrift shop, I couldn’t pass it up. All it took to make it into my favorite earring holder was looking at it in a new way! (Details below.)

When you’re shopping for baskets to use as earring holders, look for regular holes and sturdy construction. You don’t want it to buckle under the weight of your earrings!

DIY earring rack

I use this thrifted easel to hold up my earring basket, but you could also put two nails in the wall and hang the basket from them. You can also just prop it against a wall on the top of a bookcase or dresser. The important thing to keep in mind is having enough space for the backs of the earrings to hang without being pressed up against something.

2. Mug Stand Bracelet Holder

bracelet rack

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mug stand at a regular retail store, but the thrift stores in my town are full of them! They are perfect for holding bracelets, but they are also great for holding large statement earrings or pendants. Even better, they don’t take up much room on your desk or dresser. They also come in lots of different heights and colors, so yours can become part of your decor!

3. Teacup Ring Holders

teacup and rings

I always find adorable single teacups at the thrift store, but I never had much to do with them until I started using them to hold my rings. I wear the same rings every day so I always want to be sure I can find them when I need them. I keep one teacup by the bathroom sink and one by my bed so I never have to worry about my rings getting lost.

4. The Easiest Necklace Display Imaginable

Thumbtack earring rack

Call me a cheater, but who says clever storage ideas have to be complicated? It doesn’t get any easier than this. Wall + thumbtacks = instant necklace storage AND wall art! Statement necklaces aren’t just for your neck anymore! If your living situation allows it, nails work best for glass or metal necklaces, but I have found that good quality thumbtacks do the job pretty well for normal-weight necklaces.

Sound off!

Those are my ideas, but now I want to hear yours! How do you store your jewelry? Do you wish you had some other method? Is storage an issue for your with your college living space? Will you be trying any of these ideas? I want to hear about it in the comments!

Posted on on July 28, 2011 / Filed Under: Dorm Room / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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53 Responses to “4 Creative Ways to Store Your Jewelry at College”

  1. 1
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Great tips! :) I love the last one with the thumbtacks the best, so simple yet it adds a nice touch, I definetly need to try that! :o

  2. 2
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Great Post! I have so much jewelry its amazing how many pieces I lose because I’m unorganized!

    Speaking of jewelry… I just took my jewelry making to the next level and opened my own Etsy shop! Check it out a tell me what you think. If you like something, you can enter FREESHIP10 at checkout to get free shipping!

  3. 3
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    My roommate and I both did the thumbtack thing in our room last year. Unfortunately my sorority house does not allow the use of thumbtacks on our walls, so I won’t be able to to that one this year :(

  4. 4
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    If it doesn’t work on the walls, your next best bet is a corkboard!!

  5. 5
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I love the thirsted earring basket! That is such a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to use these.

  6. 6
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    My mom has devised something quite handy and she’s made one for all her friends. They make great gifts and a lot of people have actually straight up asked her for one! Go thrifting for an old wooden calendar holder (such as this: ). In the background, get a little creative. Upholster some fabric, glue on some scrap-booking paper, or paint it! Then go and find 2 wall-hanging tie racks. Plastic ones can normally be found at a dollar store, but you could opt for a nicer wooden one and make it match whatever you did in the background of your calendar holder. Whatever rack you use, make sure it is something of this style:
    Screw on one of the tie rack to the top of the calendar holder, and the other about half-way down. Hang the structure on the wall and hang all of your necklaces, earrings, and just about anything else to it! I have a picture, but there’s no where to upload it :(

  7. 7
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I do the necklace thing all the time, but with straight pins (like for sewing) and a little corkboard (like @Mae). It’s adorable! Great ideas all around.

  8. 8
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I use a corkboard and different colored pushpins to hold my necklaces. I also have an ornate antique wall hook (like for towels, hats, etc.) that is shaped like an elephant head. It works perfectly for my heavy bracelets and looks cute too!

  9. 9
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Loving that basket earrings holder! Right now mine are floating in my old jewellery box :p I’ve been using that good old thumbtack trick for a few years now, but I hang them on my corkbaord instead of the wall.

  10. 10
    July 28th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I like to used ice cube trays in my top dress drawer to organize all my earrings and rings. I also use silverwear trays (the ones with the individual spaces for forks, knives, etc.) for necklaces. I just use a push pin to hold the necklace and then I stand the silverware trays up. If you get nice wooden ones they look like picture frames dispalying jewelry. I love being able to see everything at once!!

  11. 11
    July 28th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    like other girls said, corkboard baby! but i love the basket idea. that seems like it would also e phenom for a garage sale… like i’m ever gonna part with my accessories :)

  12. 12
    July 28th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I thrifted a small bird bath that was really vintage looking and use that for rings!

  13. 13
    July 28th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I use a craft organizer, or a bait box. It fits under the bed or on a shelf, and each necklace and piece of jewelry is separated. If you get one that has varying sized slots, you can put everything from earrings to larger necklaces.

  14. 14
    July 28th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I use a really small tray to hold all the jewelry I wear every day or on a regular basis. That works really well too because I can find it all really quickly and it’s not scattered everywhere on my dresser.

  15. 15
    July 28th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I waited for this jewelry rack from UO to go on sale last summer, and it’s worked amazingly this year. (idk how to post hyperlinks, so click my name.)
    Before that, I used a corkboard also. I found them in 4-inch squares, hung it up diagonally, and staggered pushpins all around the border. Most of my jewelry is delicate chain necklaces, so this was a really practical option to keep them from getting tangled.

  16. 16
    July 28th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I used a hanging jewelry organizer like this one:

    It’s PERFECT for storing earrings and delicate bracelets and necklaces. Some of my larger statement pieces had slight difficulty fitting, but otherwise, it was a great purchase. Plus, everything was all in one place–so super easy to find.

  17. 17
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I have TONS of headbands. I have them on a zebra stripe bolster pillow. My flower clips also get clipped on too!

  18. 18
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    These are all really good ideas! I especially love the last necklace set up… Just another idea: I had this old dream catcher lying around from when I was about 8, and I tacked it up on the wall and then hung my earrings on it. It looks really cool and saves a lot of space!

  19. 19
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Love these ideas! Any tips on how to organize your makeup stuff? Mine seems to be all over the place!

  20. 20
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve been storing my necklaces with thumbtacks on the wall for years and it works soooo well–I also hang some earrings and bracelets in clusters at varying heights to keep it from looking too bland. Usually, I just keep what I’m wearing most often on the wall, the rest in a small wooden chest that sits on my dresser. Rotating the jewelry with my moods and the seasons is such a fun but simple way to spice up my wall and keep what I use most often handy!

    I love the mug stand idea, too! Now I have a great excuse to go thrifting!!!

    Amazing post, as usual CF :)

  21. 21
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    These tips were so helpful! I recently took to hanging my necklaces on the wall, but my jewelry box is still a cluttered mess of earrings and bracelets. I will definitely try these!

  22. 22
    July 28th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Anyone use boxes with one side made of glass so everything is covered but visible? There was 1 featured on Oprah but too $$$.
    It was really cool, wall mountable and all that.

  23. 23
    July 28th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    i never thought of using a mug as a ring holder. cute! I think i will try it…i’m feeling crafty, so I am kinda compelled to paint one at a pottery place now :)

  24. 24
    July 28th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I never thought about mug for rings! I do keep my necklaces attach on wall with thumbtacks; very helpful!

  25. 25
    July 28th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    These are great! But what about storage for clip on earrings? I have a jewelry box but I wish there was a way that I could have my clip on earrings (my ears aren’t pierced, so I have quite a collection of these) on display wherever I keep them so that it’s easier to pick something in the morning when I’m in a rush. Any ideas?

  26. 26
    July 28th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Love these ideas! Especially for the earrings! I have so many earrings that just sit in a jewelry organizer right now. I also love the teacup idea- I’ve been doing that one for a while now :)

  27. 27
    July 29th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Early into my freshman year, I went to a Rave-themed party, and of course I ended up buying a neon-netting shirt that I never ended up wearing again after the college party scene lost its shine to me. So, I used a seam-ripper to break all of the parts into panels (the sleeves and the front and back of the shirt). Now I use it to clip my hair accessories onto (or hang off of, in the case of some headbands). I just hang the netting over either a curtain rod (like over my window or in my closet) or pin it to the wall using safety pins (it holds really well if stretch tight). This would probably work well for hanging necklaces (if the netting is stretched tight so it’s stiff) and non-stud type earrings.

  28. 28
    July 29th, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I use a hanging jewelry organizer. It hangs in my closet and has 80 pockets for all types of jewelry. You can easily find it on Amazon. It’s great for storing earrings, braclets, and delicate necklaces (the larger/clunkier kinds have a bit of difficulty though).

  29. 29
    July 29th, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I’ve used a wide piece of lace pinned to the wall to hang my earrings, pretty and functional. And I have a friend who hangs her jewelry from a pretty branch that she spray painted silver. Looks lovely in the bedroom.
    ~ Gail

  30. 30
    July 29th, 2011 at 2:55 am

    So nice! I have a trifle dish in the bathroom for pins and barrettes, and little sushi plates on my nighttable. I love my pretty and fun jewelry and like it around me all the time. Lovely!

  31. 31
    July 29th, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I’m moving from what I would say it a large bedroom at college to a very very small room in September so I love all of these tips about bedrooms and storage. Really like the Basket earring display.

  32. 32
    July 29th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Hey, I love displaying my jewelry but I use frames with cork board. My friends call it the Museum of Blair because it looks so proper and cool. Here’s how I did mine: It’s super easy and you can paint frames to match your room like I did.


  33. 33
    July 29th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I really like the earring tray holder! I have lots of stands for my bracelets and necklaces but usually only kept my earrings in a small box. It got really frustrated when I couldn’t find them or when they got all tangled up. I will definitely be trying this.

  34. 34
    July 29th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Great tips. I use those removable hooks instead of thumbtacks to hold my necklaces – that way, I don’t ruin the wall. For my bracelets, rings etc, I bought a really pretty three-tier cake stand and use the top tier for rings and earrings, the middle tier for delicate necklaces and bracelets and the bottom tier for other bracelets. It sits on my dressing table and looks gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

  35. 35
    July 29th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is GENIUS! Thanks so much! You saved me, and my jewelry! (Now I gotta get the supplies. DIY Project :])

  36. 36
    July 29th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I’ve got one of these earring storage racks, and I love it so much. It’s so easy to use and it looks super neat. My mom and sister liked it, too, so I got them each one for Christmas, and now we all love them.

  37. 37
    July 30th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I was just looking at jewelry boxes the other day, but the thumbtack+wall idea is so much cooler & cheaper! Thanks :D

  38. 38
    July 31st, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks SO much for all of your great responses! I love the links to all the fun jewelry organizers and great storage ideas! It’s so fun to see what a creative community we have here at CF :)


  39. 39
    August 14th, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I use a cute soap dish I found for my jewelry that I use every day, (ring, watch, does my emergency hair tye count?) and this particular dish is fairly large, so I usually have a chapstick in it too. :P
    The dish has edges, so theoretically the ring can’t bounce out, but just in case, I put my ring inside my watch (my watch doesn’t have a buckle; it just slides on) and I haven’t had any problems with misplacing it! It’s a nice little idea to put on your night stand. (or desk) :)

  40. 40
    August 26th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    For the only pair of clip on earrings I currently have I use a ring box to hold them in. Maybe if you have a whole bunch of clip on earrings you could invest in a ring display box, the ones with foam and slots for the rings to fit in. One could even hang the box on a wall to save some space. Just a thought.

  41. 41
    April 29th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I love the teacup idea :) I use suction hooks on my mirror to hold most of my necklaces, which gives a similar effect to the thumb tack method, but no holes in the wall. It does make using the mirror slightly problematic, though :)

  42. 42
    July 14th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I love the teacup idea for rings, but what about stud earrings? I mainly wear studs and dont want to lug my jewrely box to my dorm! Any ideas?

  43. 43
    November 5th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I couldn’t use thumbtacks on the walls in my dorm room and I didn’t have cork board. My solution to the problems was clothespins. I attached them to the wall using poster putty and hung my necklaces and bracelets on the “upside down” clothes pins. (the pincher part is on the bottom) They give a cool, funky effect to my room. Plus a package of clothespins and poster putty is a lot cheaper than a cork board

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