Like most women, I have acquired a lot of costume jewelry. I went through a phase when I bought a new shirt or dress, I also picked up a pair of earrings or a bracelet to coordinate. Before I knew it, I was buying duplicate pieces because I didn’t have an efficient way to store everything and had no idea what I had.
Costume jewelry tends to get a bad rep. It’s an inexpensive way to accessorize. Because of it’s low cost, many of us treat it with less care than we would more expensive jewelry. I would never lay down my pearl necklace in the laundry room or have diamond earrings strewn across the bathroom counter top! But I find myself literally leaving my costume pieces lying around the house.
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a nice armoire to hold the insane amount of costume jewelry that I own, but I didn’t want to just throw it in a box either. Thanks to Pinterest and a few things I had around the house, I came up with a couple of creative ways to display my costume jewelry!
At some point in time, you probably owned a ribbon board. Most people used them to display photos. I actually had mine hanging over my desk, to keep all of my important notes in one place. Although handy, I wasn’t pleased with how cluttered the board looked on my wall… with all of those notes. I decided to repurpose the ribbon board into an earring and pin holder. I secured a ribbon to the back, and hung it with a large thumbtack.
I used nice 3M brand hooks to hang some necklaces around the ribbon board on my bedroom wall. I have one necklace that was too heavy for the hooks, so I hung it over the ornamental shade of the lamp on my nightstand. I used a wicker basket, lined, to hold additional necklaces and bracelets. I also used old brass candlesticks to store my bangles.
I had originally used a glass vase to store my rings, but found that it was difficult to select one ring without having to pour them all out each time. I had hoped I would stumble across something better one day. That happened last week, when I went into Goodwill to find luggage for an upcoming trip. As I was checking out, there was an extremely ornate candle holder by the register. It was $2, and exactly what I needed.
Now all of my costume jewelry is in one place! It is not only organized, but it is showcased in a beautiful display. I can enjoy it even when I’m not wearing it!
Start treating your costume jewerly a little differently. Just because it was inexpensive doesn’t mean that it isn’t beautiful. Think of creative was that you can display yours. It will make accessorizing easier, and will give a fun way to decorate a room in your home!
Written by Jenn Bauguss