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Earring Display Tutorial

A couple of months ago, I decided to start making my own jewelry displays out of card stock. I was getting ready for my first show, and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on displays since I didn't know if it would be successful or not.

I couldn't find a design for an earring display that I liked, so I decided to design my own:

I posted pictures and vowed to post a tutorial if it held up. Unfortunately, it didn't do so hot at the show. The humidity caused it to droop down. However, I really love these for photography, and they'd probably be good for indoor shows. Hence, I am keeping my vow. I'd love any suggestions for making it sturdier, though.

First of all, I've put up a template image that you can resize to fit your needs, or you can just look at it to design your own version. Click here for the full-size image.

The first step is to print out the template on card stock and cut it out. I just used a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock in my printer.

Next, stick a needle through all four of the dots near the top. This is where the earrings will attach.

Fold both of the "wings" in half. Fold them in toward the printed side so that the edge is parallel to the edge of the longest rectangle. Unfold.

Fold the "wings" completely inward so they're parallel to the square at the bottom. Unfold.

Fold the square at the bottom up along the solid line.

Unfold the square by about 45 degrees and wrap the wings over and around it. Put a piece of tape in the center (where my thumb is) to hold everything together.

Wrap the top around a pen to get the curved shape. You should be able to manipulate the curled part so that it will stay nice and round and allow the earrings to hang nicely from the little holes. I sometimes take a very thin dowel and wrap the very tip around it so that it curls more tightly where the earrings go.

Take pretty pictures!

Hope that's helpful to someone. If anyone tries this out, I'd love to see what you've done!


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 5th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! I will have to make these :)
Oct. 5th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this! I will be adding it to my memories. =)
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. And those earrings are gorgeous.
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Oct. 6th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
I'd just be worried that plastic wouldn't hold it's shape as well. The card stock is really easy to adjust. I thought about gluing two pieces of card stock together so they'd still be flexible, but have that little bit of plastic-like dried adhesive in there. **shrugs** I'll have to do some experimenting before my next show. :)
Oct. 6th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
yeah, i was totally about to suggesting using rubber cement on some of the joints to see if that helped make it more sturdy.
Oct. 6th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Could you spray it with something to stiffen it? Gloss, maybe even spray starch? I really like the idea!
Oct. 6th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
You might be able to make a bigger template and glue wire in maybe? Its a big extra step but it would give you bendability at least. Or you could double up on your card stock and seal over it. Your best bet though would be to work with thin plastic and heat like from a hairdryer to help mold it down :)!
Oct. 6th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
By the way I absolutely love the copper and gold earrings, very pretty!
Oct. 6th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
ooo... I like the wire idea. I was thinking about gluing two pieces of card stock together anyway, and it would be pretty easy to stick a couple of pieces of wire in between the sheets near the edges.
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
saaaaaay... i might have to steal your idea and make it my own... hm... very creative... and most useful... you know what, i think i'll just have to use that... cool earrings, too!
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
This is a really pretty idea.
Jan. 27th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Lovely Earring Display
A beautiful and practical display! To stiffen it I'd try coating the paper with glue (diluted?) or ModPodge after it's formed.

Edited at 2014-01-27 04:35 pm (UTC)
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