My DIY Wall-Mounted Jewelry Box

A couple weeks ago, I saw this post on Organizing Made Fun, and I really liked the wall mounted jewelry box. My jewelry was in a regular box on a shelf in the back of our closet. It was hard to get to, hard to see what was in it, and I realized that I almost never wore jewelry anymore because it was out of sight, out of mind.

A wall mounted box would fix all of that, and I looked online to see how much they cost. I saw small ones for $50 and big ones for $200 (probably more than my whole jewelry collection is worth).

So I started thinking about ways to make one. My first idea was to find a picture frame at Goodwill and then build a box to mount it on and add hinges and hooks.

So last week I poked around in the picture frame section to see what I could find, but nothing caught my eye. Then I wandered over to another part of the store and spotted the perfect solution: A nice medicine cabinet, for eight bucks.

Here’s the medicine cabinet (it was in great shape, so I didn’t have to do anything to the outside of it) mounted on the back wall of our closet:


As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect – and much easier than my original idea of building my own box and adding hinges to attach a mirror or picture frame to the front. The medicine cabinet came with good quality hinges already in place, and it even had two adjustable shelves that I knew I could use in my jewelry box if I repositioned them.

Here’s the inside, after about 20 minutes of work:


All I did was add a couple rows of hooks. I cut two lengths of wood (1/2 inch thick, 1 inch wide) to fit across the back of the box. I glued them in place and then drilled holes through the outside edges of the box, into those strips of wood, so that I could nail them in place from the sides. Then I drilled 12 small holes across each board, spaced an inch apart. Into each hole (with lots of help from our four-year-old), I added a screw-in hook. I bought the hooks with a gift card that my MIL had given me, so I only spent eight dollars on this whole project. But the hooks were another eight dollars, so the entire thing cost $16.

Here’s the necklace rack:


And the bracelet rack:


I got the little bowl at Goodwill for 49 cents, and I’m using it to hold a few sentimental pieces.

I’m thrilled with how this turned out. Several years ago, I had my necklaces hanging on a wall-mounted strip of wood in our bedroom. It was easy to see them and I wore them all the time, but I no longer liked the slightly cluttered look of having them out in the open. I love that the medicine cabinet is mounted right on the wall of our closet so that I see it every time I walk in there. My jewelry is much more accessible, but still behind a door. I will be wearing it a lot more now (I discovered stuff I had forgotten I owned when I cleaned out my old jewelry box).

So if you love the idea of a wall-mounted jewelry box but don’t love the price of them, check out your local thrift store, Craigslist, or Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a nice medicine cabinet. In less than half an hour you can have a wall-mounted jewelry box that you can customize to fit the jewelry you have, for a fraction of the price of a store-bought box.

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  1. Kay says

    FB, This is brilliant!! I love the idea of using a medicine cabinet for a jewellery holder!!!  I am looking to make a jewellery holder too, and So far I Was looking to hang it up in a picture frame lined with metal mesh wire…but I do not do well with visual clutter as that makes me cranky (the things I discover about myself!!) and as much out of plain eyesight is good for me… so this idea is super brilliant and I’m going to blindly copy you! :)

    Question: How did you clean the med. cabinet? Would spraying vinegar and wiping do?

    • Frugal Babe says

      Thanks!  And yep – a spray of vinegar and a damp rag is my go-to solution for cleaning most things :)  This medicine cabinet was in really good shape, with no stains or mysterious sticky spots inside, so I just wiped it down and called it good.  But if it had been dirty, I’d have used vinegar and/or rubbing alcohol to clean it.  A medicine cabinet that has unsightly stains that don’t come out could be refreshed with a coat of stain-blocking primer and then whatever color paint you like.

  2. says

    Awesome!  I have a wall mounted block (nicely turned and put together by my FIL) with hooks that my favorites hang on, but I can’t fit everything.  I really love how it all comes together in this.  I’ll keep your idea in mind for when we get around to organizing our bedroom.

    • GuguGagga says

       Brilliant idea! I am going to check out my local re-store and find one. Thanks for such an inspiring photo

  3. Kaytee says

    Daily wear jewelry (that I hardly wear anymore) hangs from pushpins in the wall. My performance jewelry is kept in an old nail box in a truck that holds all my performance pieces. I’ve been contemplating downsizing my costume trunk – only one performance in the past 5 months, but there are a few coming up the end of summer and through the fall. Most of my peformance tops don’t fit, and probably won’t fit until I’m done nursing. Same with my costumes.

  4. Claireboe says

    Wow, how cool!  My teenaged daughter has been having a horrible time organizing her large collection of jewelry, but this may be the answer!  Thanks!

  5. Sheri says

    This idea is brilliant and I am adding it to hubby’s Honey-Do-List right now.  this will tame the cluttered mess that is my current jewelry box. Thanks for sharing!
    Sheri (formerly Green and Crunchy — still reading you :)

    • Frugal Babe says

      Sheri!  I’m thrilled to hear from you!  I’ve missed your blog.  I hope that you and your family are doing great, and I’m glad you like the jewelry box idea.  It has definitely made my jewelry a lot easier to see – no more tangled mess.

  6. [email protected] says

    I found the same cabinet today at home Depot for $15 on close out. I can’t wait to make mine like yours! Im going add felt on the inside of the door and something across it to hang my hook earrings on. thanks for the great idea!

  7. Alda Cobb says

    I have been keeping an eye open for pieces to make a similar item after seeing the same post a while back. I’m customizing mine a lot more so it’s taking me longer than 30 minutes. I love how crafty you got with your find, great share!

    • frugalbabe says

      Thanks! I’m sure yours will turn out awesome, and I’m glad I was able to provide some inspiration!

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