- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

How To: Recycle a Cardboard Box Into a DIY Earring Holder

Posted By Emily Peckenham On May 18, 2012 @ 2:24 pm In DIY,Features,Green Home decor,green Interiors,Recycled Materials | No Comments

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Step One: Gather your materials

You will need:

  • A lid from a sturdy cardboard shoebox or similar box
  • A stapler
  • String, yarn, lace, ribbon or embroidery thread in assorted colors
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Fabric large enough to cover the cardboard box lid (you can also use fabric cut from a used shirt, sheet, or scarf here!)
  • A needle and thread
  • Measuring tape or a ruler
  • Assorted buttons or large beads

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Step Two: Prep cardboard lid

Make sure the cardboard [6] lid you chose is well-glued and sturdy. We used packing tape to reinforce the corners and inside edges to make sure no part could come loose.

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Step Three: Measure and cut your fabric

Measure the length and width of your lid and add a couple inches to each side to ensure that you have enough fabric to fold underneath the rim of the box lid. Cut your fabric and iron it smooth, since this part will make up the front of your earring holder.

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Step Four: Position your fabric

Place a few pieces of double-sided tape on the top side of your lid and position the fabric evenly, pressing down in the center of the lid to stick the fabric on. Carefully flip the box over and make sure the fabric is even.

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Step Five: Attach the fabric to the lid

Apply a small bead of glue all around the inside rim of the lid. Carefully and neatly fold one edge of the fabric at a time over the edge of the box lid and staple [7] it on. When the glue dries, this will also ensure the fabric is attached firmly.

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Step Six: Choose contrasting colors of fabric or yarn

We used yarn in our earring holder, but you could also use string, ribbon, or lace. Cut out several feet of each color and begin wrapping it firmly around your lid, knotting it tightly in the back. Criss-cross several colors or even several different materials – mix lace and yarn – around your new earring holder. Each horizontal loop will provide a space for earring [8] hooks.

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Step Seven: Add buttons

Choose several contrasting buttons or beads [9]. Using your needle and thread, carefully attach the buttons at the junctions of your yarn or ribbon. This is decorative but also anchors the string tightly to the lid and the fabric, creating a stronger area to hang heavier earrings.

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Step Eight: Hang your new earring holder

You can place two thumbtacks into the wall and simply hang the lid directly. You can also staple a length of string or ribbon to the top edge of your new jewelry hanger as shown in order to hang it from a hook.

DIY Earring Holder, do-it-yourself design, DIY design, recycled earring holder, green design projects, sustainable design, craft, how-to earring holder, recycled materials, recycled design

Add earrings and enjoy your custom-designed new recycled jewelry organizer!

All photos by Emily Peckenham for Inhabitat


Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/how-to-recycle-a-cardboard-box-into-a-diy-earring-holder/

URLs in this post:

[1]

: http://inhabitat.com/how-to-recycle-a-cardboard-box-into-a-diy-earring-holder/dsc_0597-001/?extend=1

[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/how-to-recycle-a-cardboard-box-into-a-diy-earring-holder/dsc_0526/?extend=1

[3] earrings: http://www.ecouterre.com/7-green-jewelry-gifts-to-make-seasons-bright/

[4] craft yourself: http://inhabitat.com/diy/

[5] recycled cardboard box: http://inhabitat.com/tag/recycled-cardboard/

[6] cardboard: http://inhabitat.com/tag/cardboard/

[7] staple: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/artist-stacks-hundreds-of-staples-to-create-spectacular-model-of-new-york-city/

[8] earring: http://inhabitat.com/icy-cool-recycled-eco-jewelry-by-kumvana-gomani/

[9] beads: http://www.ecouterre.com/14-eco-chic-bracelets-under-50-to-amp-up-your-spring-outfit/

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.