DIY: Pottery Barn jewelry holder

My mother is the kind of woman who keeps everything craft-related. It’s all very organized, very cleanly packed away, but if you want it — she’s got it. Ribbons, sewing tools, glue, paper, lace, paint — it’s all upstairs at my parents’ house.

So she frequently becomes inspired by something like these jewelry display frames from the Pottery Barn catalog and decides to make it herself. Such was the case when I visited this weekend and we sat down to make our own wall art.

At $19-$39 (on sale), these aren’t the most expensive wall decorations I’ve ever seen, but if you already have the materials, you can make them for free. 

Consider making an alternate version of these for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. You can use clothespins or other clips to attach photos, love notes and other memories from your relationship, like this.

What you’ll need

  • picture frames (Look in thrift stores or at estate sales if you don’t already have frames you like. The older-looking they are, the better.)
  • ribbon or wire
  • staple gun/hammer and nails


1. Flip the picture frame over. Lay out the ribbon/wire where you want it to attach in the back.
2. If using ribbon, pull it taut and use the staple gun to attach it to opposite sides of the frame. If you’re using wire, you’ll need to put in nails on either side of the frame and then loop the wire tightly around it.
3. Repeat with each line of ribbon or wire.

I love our finished version. You could also rest it on a dresser instead of hanging it on the wall. The only thing I would have done differently is to have used thinner ribbon. You can see that some of the larger earrings are pulling the thick ribbon over itself. Grade: B+

If you decide to do this, come back and tell me how much (or little) you spent.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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January 27th, 2011
6:12 am

I made myself something like this a couple years ago! I used window screen to fill the frame and hang my earring on it. It’s wonderful!

Lauren Davidson

January 27th, 2011
8:46 am

Sarah, if you have a picture handy send it to me! I’ll post it as well.


January 27th, 2011
8:58 pm

I could make these tonight! I already have a few empty frames (empty even of glass and backing already!) that are complimentary colors, plus I have nails, wire, AND ribbon so I can choose my materials. I’m one of those have-everything-on-hand crafty types like your mom, I guess. I could even spray paint them if I so desired, which, since I do have some dark ones, would make the nice weathered look from the PB photo.

I do like Sarah’s idea of using mesh or window screen, though, so I might pick up some cheaply somehow. I’ll see how quickly I can do this and get a photo to you. The kids are asleep anyway, I might as well get off the computer and get crafty!

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