Published On March 05, 2019 | Last Updated March 09, 2021
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Easy step by step instructions to make a DIY jewelry organizer to display rings and pins.

I like to buy jewelry as souvenirs when I travel. My tastes aren’t expensive, but I do like sparkly things. And it’s fun to have a ring or a necklace that reminds me of someplace I’ve been.

Over time, my collection started to outgrow my jewelry storage. Especially the rings. I wanted a way to display my rings and pins in a pretty way, so I could easily find and wear them. Here’s what I came up with.

How to make a DIY jewelry organizer

Final cost = $0.

Of course, this isn’t the only organization project that I’ve made from upcycling items around my home. Check out these other things I’ve made:



Supplies to make a DIY ring display
  • Cardboard or plastic backing (I used an old plastic sign board)
  • Foam rubber, cut into strips
  • Marker or pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Fabric, a few inches bigger than the backing piece in all directions
  • Hot glue gun

I was able to make this jewelry organizer out of supplies I found around the house. Look around and see what you might already have that you could use for this project.

Hint: Foam rubber might be found as packing material in some boxes you have lying around. Particularly from computers or other electronics.

1. Cut backing to size

Start by marking out the size of your organizer on your cardboard or plastic backing material. Cut it out with your craft knife.

2. Cut foam rubber strips

Next, cut the foam rubber into strips. They should be as long as the full width of the backing, and about an inch wide.

I also cut a much wider piece of foam, to have a spot to display pins and broaches.

3. Glue the top of the fabric to the back of the board

Assemble a DIY jewelry display

To start the assembly, use your hot glue gun to attach the top edge of your fabric to the back side of the backing board. Then flip the board back to the front side for the next step.

4. Attach the foam strips

Glue one of the foam strips to the top of the board. Then add a bead of glue along the bottom edge of the foam.

Pull the fabric tight, and push it into the glue at the bottom of the foam strip. This will hold it in place.

DIY jewelry display assembly

Flip the fabric back out of your way, and continue this process for the remaining foam strips.

Glue the strip down, add a bead of glue along the bottom, and press the fabric into place.

5. Add a place for pins (optional)

I also have a pretty collection of pins, many of which came to me from my grandmothers. I added a wider piece of foam to my organizer board, to create a spot for those pins.

The process was the same as attaching the narrower strips. However, after attaching this piece, I wrapped the edge of the fabric around to the back of the board and glued it in place.

This finished the front of the display.

6. Finish the edges

Since you cut your fabric larger than the backing board, you can now simply fold the edges over to the back, and glue them down.

I left my fabric long enough to cover the entire back as well. I just folded it up from the bottom to the top, and glued down the edges. This created a completely finished look.

Enjoy your DIY jewelry organizer

How to make a DIY jewelry organizer

Here’s what mine looks like finished.

I push my rings into the space between the foam strips at the top, which holds them in place. This makes them easy to see, and also easy to remove and wear. At the bottom, I simply stick the pins into the foam rubber.

You can lay this flat in a drawer, or stand it up. I use a plate stand to hold mine upright.

And there you have a simple, pretty DIY jewelry organizer.

If you want to see my other clever ways of storing and displaying jewelry, be sure to check out this post:

Beautiful and creative ways to store your jewelry


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