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Hi all!  I’ve been hanging out on YouTube quite a bit lately (the summer is my time to try a ton of DIY projects) & I found the coolest thing today.

DIY Jewelry makeup holder

It’s another 3 tiered jewelry (or makeup) stand!  I absolutely love it & will be making one or two in this style very soon.  This young lady who created these has stellar ideas that I’ll be sharing later.  If you see one of her videos, you’ll start looking for more she’s done.  They’re that good!

After I saw her idea, I went & looked in my jewelry area (lol-“area”, like it has a zip code or something) to do a revamp.  I have a large dresser in my closet that’s about 4 feet high & 3-4 feet wide (the one pictured in my last post).  On top, I used to have a jewelry box that had about 30 pieces of jewelry crammed inside.  On either side, I have velvet necklace hanger boards for my simpler necklaces & my bracelets.  I ended up ditching the small jewelry box & put 2 or 3 of these tiered stands in their place! I included the video for how to do it below.

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I think it looks much prettier & is a much better use of space.  I also decided on putting some 3-drawer carts (the basic ones from Wally World) on the side & line them with velvet or felt so I can put my statement necklaces in them.  Check it out…

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I thought I had 2 carts, then found out I only had 1.  Bummer!  But I didn’t like the idea of bending way down to get at my pieces, either.  You may wonder why I didn’t just hang the necklaces on the boards & lay the bracelets in a drawer.  Well, I really don’t like to hang my necklaces.  I have a couple of reasons.  I wear a lot of statement necklaces.  They may not be heavy, but they can be a bit bulkier than their streamlined counterparts.  I am also concerned about the tension they are subjected to when hung.  Also, I rotate my jewelry regularly (as I suggest you do with your fashion jewelry), so I may only wear a necklace every 2-3 weeks.  That’s a long time for them to hang!  So laying down in those carts will be safer for them.  My plan is to upgrade the carts with some storage with more shallow drawers.  I hunted around and found this one from IKEA when finances permit (it’s about $100 for the small one!)ALEX Drawer unit IKEA Drawer stops prevent the drawers from being pulled out too far. Can be placed anywhere in the room because the back is finished.

or glam up a basic drawer set from Wally World.  These are only $50-$65.  A much better bargain, but not as elegant.

Seville Classics 10-Drawer OrganizerBlue Hills Studio Storage Cart with 10 Drawers 13"x38"x15.5", SmokeBlue Hills Studio Frame Storage Cart with 10 Drawers, 13"x38"x15.5", Clear/Smoke

The left one is $200, but the other, a 4 pack, is only $33!  What a deal, right?

Venture Horizon Eight Drawer Mobile Cart Sterilite 5-Drawer Mini Desktop Organizer, Set of 4

Another discovery I made is that I need to lay them in the drawer differently.  I usually fold them in half (like they were hanging) lay them in a row in opposite directions to save space.  Sometimes I make a little nest (a ball), but I found that if I open them up so that the clasp is in the middle (like you wear them) they take up less space!  Here’s a comparison:

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The drawer on the left holds 4 pieces.  The one on the right holds 9.  So, I redid all of the drawers this way.  I was able to get all of my necklaces in the drawers except for a few that are tiny & are easier to find hanging up.  For now, this works for me.  Ok, moving on…

I saw a similar DIY tutorial for another type last year, so I made a small scale one for my bathroom sink for my morning routine items.

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I got all of the materials from Dollar Tree & it cost me about $7.  After watching this video, I found out that I could have used hot glue & so it would have only been $5 since I keep a ton of hot glue for such emergencies.  Also, I would have added another plate, but the edge of my sink is so near the wall, I didn’t want to get my hopes up & be disappointed.  I later found out that I would have been disappointed.  Some others who have tried this DIY have suggested painting it afterward to match your decor.  I bet you could probably modpodge a design onto it as well or add fringe, beading or fabric roses along the edges!!!  Ok, I’m getting sidetracked.  Here’s the video I found.  Enjoy!DIY Jewelry makeup holder

I shared another DIY jewelry/makeup holder last week on my FB page.  Check it out!  As always, if you need some pretty little things for your jewelry holder, check out my gallery or FB page!  Happy shopping!

~The Jewelry Lady

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