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Topic: Tutorial: Suitcase Earring Holder / Display  (Read 8539 times)
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« on: April 21, 2007 06:00:03 AM »

I have been through about 50 different displays for earrings, and I generally don't like any of them. Most recent was the Case Of Doom, a big acrylic spinny case, which works well for some things but kind of sucks because a) no one can figure out how to turn it and b) someone has to go in and get stuff out. Not convenient for group shows.
And so I present to you, my latest display, which is by far my favorite:


Also it was amazingly easy to make. Really, it took all of two steps, which I will share with you.

Materials
-A big box. Lucky me, Michaels had some cute vintage-wanna be trunks on sale for half price. If you're not as lucky, the local thrift store might have something to fit your needs.
-Ribbon that matches the big box. I got a wee little spool from Michaels that was just long enough for $0.99
-Glue Gun. Don't leave home without it
-Screwdriver



First things first. The box I got from Michaels had a little brace on it to keep it open when you set it down, and also prevented it from opening more than 90 degrees. Using the screwdriver, I removed the two screws holding the brace so I can open it up enough to see inside properly.


Then cut the ribbon in lengths that are *just* long enough to fit across the box. You don't want them to be slack at all. Decide  how far apart you want your rows, and cut enough ribbon for them.

Use your hot glue gun to secure the ribbon to the box. Start by gluing down all of one side on one half of the box, to get your spacing right. Then go back to the first one you did, and pull it really tight, then glue in place


Voila! An earring display.


Hang your earrings on it by the hooks, not the earring card. Just slip the back of the hooks over the ribbon. It's a little hard to see, but I took a picture with the ribbon twisted a little so you can see what I mean.


Its shown here with display cards since I plan on using it at a craft show, but you can use it to hold your earrings at home just as well, just slip the backs over the ribbon.

It works best with earring cards that don't have a lot of top weight, otherwise the cards tend to fall forward on the display and look silly. I haven't thought of a way to attach post earrings to it (except for peircing the ribbon), but feel free to share any ideas!


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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2007 07:11:01 AM »

Great Idea!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007 06:18:39 PM »

Brilliant idea!
Looks great too.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2007 06:20:29 PM »

I love this idea!  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2007 08:10:27 AM »

this is great! i've been churning my gears trying to come up with a unique jewelry display to no avail. i love this! thanks for sharing  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2007 10:45:59 AM »

LOVE this idea!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2007 03:02:16 PM »

You could use these to make your merch cards into clip cards.  They're pretty cheap and easy to apply.  I've used them for a while now, with good results.
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2007 03:33:38 PM »

OMG that's perfect!  I just started making and selling earrings and I was wondering how I was going to display them at my first craft show.  They are light, so I was afraid they'd blow away.  This is awesome...I shall go to the thrift store tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2007 04:54:24 PM »

First of all, I love your earring display and wish Michaels was closer to me. We are supposed to be getting one in 2008 :-(
Anyway you asked for suggestions and here's what I was thinking might work so you are able to use the cards. How about using stiff copper wire or even metal clothes hangers cut to length as you did your ribbon. To attach, make a little curl at each end of the wire and attach to the suitcase using small screws or decorative upholstery tacks.
Just a thought.
Thanks for sharing your idea with us!
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2009 05:59:19 PM »

this is a very cool idea got to try and make one
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