DIY Jewelry Holder

This week our intern, Emily, decided to get crafty and share a little DIY project with our readers:

Hello! I can't speak for everyone, but personally, I have trouble keeping my dresser tidy and organized. No matter how many fancy (and expensive!) jewelry holders and organizers I buy, I still find my dresser covered in miscellaneous pieces—earrings, bracelets, hair clips, etc. Sometimes it's just easier to throw them on your dresser rather than take the time to hang them on an organizer or put them away in whatever way you like to store your jewelry. However, when you just haphazardly toss tiny accessories onto a large, flat surface, they are bound to get lost. The best thing to do in this scenario is to have some sort of little bin on your dresser than you can easily toss these little items into until you have the time to more formally put them away.

So what's a gal to do when she doesn't want to spend a fortune on yet another organizational solution? Sure, you could buy basic little plastic containers from just about any store, but that's so boring! Spice up your dresser and your entire room with a DIY jewelry/miscellaneous item holder that can be made on the dime while still looking quite elegant. Below I am going to share super simple directions on how to create a 2-tier stand using glass dishes and a candle holder. You can either use supplies that you already have laying around your house, or, you can go to a thrift store and pick them up very cheaply! I did the later and was able to purchase my 2 dishes and candle holder for less than three dollars total. The type of dishes you use is up to you, but, ideally, something that is somewhat bowl-shaped is best because it prevents the jewelry and other items from falling out.


2 small glass dishes.

1 short, glass candle holder.

A hot glue gun.


Step 1:

Either obtain the glassware from your home, or visit a local thrift store to purchase the items.

Step 2:

Gently clean the glassware. I used baby wipes to do this, but you could use any sort of cleansing wipe or a damp paper towel and gentle soap.

Step 3:

Decide which glass dish will go on top and which one will go on bottom. Accordingly, decide which direction the candle holder will stand (which ever way seems most sturdy—this will vary depending on your particular dishes and candle holder). The order of this holder will go: dish-candle holder-dish.

Step 4:

Heat up the hot glue gun. After it's ready to go, quickly place a generous amount of glue all over the top or bottom rim of the candle holder and place it face down into the center of the bottom dish. Hold in place for about 30 seconds.

Step 4:

Place glue all over the now top-facing rim of the candle holder and quickly place the second dish on top. Carefully push down and hold in place for 30 seconds.

Step 5:

Place your new jewelry holder on your dresser and start filling it up!