I'm planning to introduce more easy DIYs and crafty type things this year - my first is so easy I can't believe I didn't think of it before! Here's how I store my stud earrings...
The idea dawned on me when I was looking at piles of mismatched studs strewn around and spilling out of my jewellery cups. I'd had an earring 'tree' type thing before, but it took a lot of patience to sit and attach all of the earrings one by one, and I never used to keep it up, quickly going back to leaving earrings lying around. I realised I'd hardly been wearing earrings because they were all in such a mess, so I started looking around for inspiration. I needed something which would hold the earrings neatly in pairs, but was effortless to use. My eyes spied a shoe box, and although it seemed like a daft idea, I thought I'd give it a try.
I just used the lid from the shoebox, which is only about an inch or less tall. When placed on a surface only the edges touch, so there's all that free space in the middle underneath for earring posts to dangle. I took my sturdiest old earring that I didn't mind breaking, and started piercing holes in a row along the top of the box lid. You could also use a needle or something else sharp and pointy to do this.
I gave it a little test with a few pairs along to top row - the earrings pushed in gently with their backs still on, stopping where the earring back starts, so they don't fall in too far. I carried on making enough holes for all of the earrings and tried to keep them all evenly spaced, and I've got some room left for any more earrings I might buy.
Because you don't need to faff around with taking off earring backs it's really quick and easy to pick a pair of earrings and to put them back afterwards - exactly what I wanted!
It's not the most ingenious DIY, but it's fixed the problem I wanted to solve - all I have loose now are dangly earrings, but I only have a couple of pairs of those anyway.
You could do the same thing with any sized box lid to suit your earring collection, or you could do a couple of very small box lids depending on how you want to display them when you're done. Super easy!
How do you store your earrings?