I LOVE Jewelry, real jewelry, costume jewelry, all of it . . . almost as much as I love shoes!I have a small jewelry box for my “real” jewelry. As much as I’d love to fill a wall with gold and diamond jewelry, we can’t afford that :( so as far as my real items go, I only own the classics. A small pair of diamond studs, a pair of peal earrings, a pearl necklace, a cocktail ring, a couple of white gold bands, and of coarse my wedding band and engagement ring!!

But it wasn’t my “good” jewelry I was having a hard time storing, it was my costume jewelry I couldn’t make room for! There’s nothing I love more than a great long necklace to complete a look but, what I had was a tangled mess of chains and beads.

So while at walmart, I found some bamboo cutlery trays for $10 each! I grabbed 3!! Along with a pack of rubber coated hooks, and a can of white spray paint!
My dad sprayed each of the trays white for me, while Lee worked on his car, kind of a work share program those two have going on :). It took 2 coats each, adding up to almost 2 cans of spray paint!

I decided on what jewelry I wanted where and Lee started screwing in the hooks, which immediately cracked the back panel. Bamboo is a very hard wood so it won’t expand to accommodate the size of the hook’s screw. So he had to drill pilot holes before screwing the hooks in . . . a bit more trouble but it worked!

We screwed the tray to the wall using an anchor and a screw (super simple).

I organized my jewelry by color, and style. I seem to have a lot of black jewelry so it all got grouped together.

Then I stored my brighter more colorful jewelry together,

and then my earth tone jewelry together.

I also have a few LONG necklaces so we installed some hooks off the bottom to hang them!!!

Total Cost:
$10 each for cutlery trays $30
1 can of spray paint (I had a leftover can in the garage already) $5
2 boxes of rubber coated hooks $3 each       $6

p.s. Sorry I could snap a better far away shot . . . it was very cramped in my little walk-in :)

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  1. Michelle

    I love this idea. I have been looking for a jewelry holder that will work well and this looks like it could be it. Thank you!! I have one question. Is there a specific reason you used rubber coated mug hooks? Would regular ones do?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Profile photo of Ashley

      Hey thanks for your comment! I picked rubber coated mug hooks for aesthetic reason only! regular ones should do just fine though. Good luck.

      • Shivani

        Hey, how did you get the cutlery trays to stick to the wall?

      • Profile photo of Ashley

        I used lots of strong adhesive strips on the back of the trays to stop me from drilling and making a mess of my walls. I haven’t had any trouble of them falling down so far… However it does all depend on the weight of your jewelry at the end of the day. Good luck.

      • Jessica

        Hi, your post said you screwed the trays to the wall..but here you say u used adhesive strips…which one works better is all I wonder? Thanks! Great idea!

      • Profile photo of Ashley

        I think screwing to the walls work best and is safest if there are little kids running around.

  2. jodi J

    Great idea, but for a less expensive route I would buy plastic trays at a dollar store. They may even have a choice of colors…so you wouldn’t need to paint. You can probably find the hooks at the dollar store too.

  3. sally

    Where did you find wooden cutlery trays? I have been looking for wood ones all over…
    thank you…

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  5. Millie

    Thanks for the tips I will defintly use something like this to help me to organize my sunglasses…. as I am always leaving my sunglasses around the house and they eithier ewnd up getting lost only for me to buy a new pair and then find them again one day or I find them and they are super scratched.

  6. Becky

    This looks like a great idea!!! The back looks thin…did the tip of the screw on the hooks stick out?? If so what did you do??

    • Profile photo of Ashley

      You could get a big piece of velcro and stick it on the entire back of the tray and then stick it to the wall for a totally flush finish as Jewelry shouldnt be that heavy. :)


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