After a few weeks of searching (not very hard) for an earring display to use on a stall at a local craft and vintage market, I decided that I was probably capable of making my own. As most of the stall is made up of vintage patterns, old sewing machines, buttons, knitting needles and the like, I wanted something small and of a similar style so that it would fit nicely in alongside the other items. A frame felt like an ideal starting point as it is free standing, and the lace both looks good and is a perfect structure to hook earrings through. I used white and cream coloured laces and fabric so that the earrings stand out.
Things you’ll need:
- An old frame
- Off cuts of lace (must be relatively strong)
- Glue (PVA worked well for me)
- Cotton thread
- A sewing machine
- A pencil
- Sewing pins
- Light coloured cardboard
- A paintbrush
Firstly, take apart the pieces of the frame. You’ll need the glass to start with, but not for the finished display.
Draw round the glass onto the card – obviously glass is a bit pointy and breakable, so let’s all be careful out there! – and cut this shape out. Now place the card on the fabric, mark around the edges with pencil, and cut out a fabric piece with a border of roughly 1cm (just under half an inch) around the marks.
Arrange the lace across the fabric piece – you’ll want to consider the length of the earrings as you do this – and pin in place. Now sew the lace on using a simple straight stitch. You could hand sew with a running stitch if you prefer, but obviously this will take longer.
Lace side down, spread the fabric onto a smooth surface. Cover one side of the piece of card with glue (if you’re using a cereal box, use the inner side). Glue-covered side down, line up the edges of the card with the marks on the fabric, then smooth the card down onto it. Apply a little pressure as you do this to prevent air bubbles and creases.
Adorn with earrings!