March 1, 2016  

Trendy Tiered DIY Jewelry Holder

How do you organize your jewelry? I’ve gone back and forth on different methods in the past, and I recently decided a stylish tiered tray would look pretty on top of my dresser and would be a great place to corral all of my frequently worn jewelry. I shopped for tiered trays and holders for a while, but they were all so expensive. I knew I could DIY one for a lot less money.

I am a huge fan of DIY projects that are pretty, fast, and thrifty, and the DIY jewelry holder I made definitely fits the bill. It can be made in a matter of minutes and I think it looks so trendy and modern, definitely the sort of thing you’d fork over money for in the store. If you’re looking for a super simple DIY project, let me show you how I made this pretty tiered tray….

What a simple idea for a DIY jewelry holder! This tiered jewelry tray would be super simple to make.

Supply List

Like I already mentioned, this project is super affordable (way cheaper than anything I found like it at the store). And you only need a few supplies, which is always a plus when it comes to DIY projects. For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links for supplies I personally use and recommend. See my disclosure policy here.

  • 2 white plates, any size you prefer (you can often find them at thrift stores or you can purchase the 88¢ salad plates I used here)
  • 1 glass candlestick holder (found at practically any thrift store, look for ones like this one)
  • Paint pen(s) – I used this one in black and gold
  • Gorilla Super Glue

Assemble Your DIY Jewelry Holder

Great news – there are only TWO STEPS to this project!

1. Paint Your Plates

First off, remove any stickers and price tags from your plates and make sure they are clean. Then it’s time for the fun part of designing your plates. I repeated a small ‘X’ all over my plates, and the repetition of that shape looks really sharp. I made my design really random so it was easy to free hand. I mostly used black, but mixed in some sporadic gold X’s here and there.

I painted my design with a Painters brand paint pen, which is really easy to use because it writes just like a marker. If you’re using a new paint pen, you’ll want to shake it really well first and then take the cap off and press the tip down onto a surface you won’t mind getting paint on. I usually fold a paper towel into a little square so there’s several layers to soak up the paint. As you push the tip down and hold the pen upside down, the paint will slowly run through the pen tip.

Once the tip is saturated with paint, you’re ready to start using it on your project. Paint pens come in a variety of tip shapes and thicknesses so look for one that works well for the design you have in mind. Mine was just a regular medium tip, but you can also find larger tips or even chisel tips if you want to draw thicker lines.

What a simple idea for a DIY jewelry holder! This tiered tray would be super simple to make.

Here is a close up of the pattern I drew on my plates. Feel free to use an ‘X’ like I did, or get creative and make your own design. Other common shapes like circles, triangles or squares would look equally as good. You could also use simple squiggles or lines all over the plate.

What a simple idea for a DIY jewelry holder! This tiered jewelry tray would be super simple to make.

2. Attach The Candlestick Holder

Once you’ve allowed the paint to dry on your plates, it’s time to attach your candlestick holder. I used Gorilla Super Glue, which is a versatile adhesive that bonds to many surfaces and dries very quickly. You’ll want to squeeze on a ring of glue along your candlestick holder and then center it on one plate. Next, add glue to the top of the candlestick holder and place the other plate on top of it.

Once you’ve glued everything together, put a few heavy books or cans of soup on top to weigh it down while the glue dries.

One thing to note is that your candlestick holder can be glued on upright like mine or you can flip it upside down. By flipping it upside down, you’ll gain a bit more surface area on your bottom tray.

What a simple idea for a DIY jewelry holder! This tiered jewelry tray would be super simple to make.

After you’ve allowed the glue to dry, you have a trendy tiered DIY jewelry holder that will look so glam sitting on your dresser.

I love how this DIY jewelry holder looks and it’s hard to believe how simple it was to create. I use it to corral my rings and a few of the necklaces I wear often. Displaying my jewelry on this pretty tray feels like something I’d see in a cute clothing boutique where they always use super pretty things to display their jewelry.

If you’re looking for a solution to organizing your jewelry, this tiered tray is a stylish option. I also think it would make a fabulous gift to a friend or sister, and I just may make another few of these to give as gifts down the road!

Will you give this craft project a try? How do you organize your jewelry?


What a simple idea for a DIY jewelry holder! This tiered tray would be super simple to make.


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About the author

Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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