i found these glassless, backless frames in our attic stash:
and remembered an idea i'd seen somewhere in blogland that would serve as a solution to this problem:
i covered one in silver leaf and did a little brush-on-wipe-off action with some plain ole black craft paint (to tie in with the silver of my starburst mirror, bedside tables and the silver tv). i used a gold leaf paint pen on the other frame to highlight some detailing (to complement the dark wood and bronzey hardware of my bed, dresser and other mirror). then i bought a roll of screen door screen at the home deep and attached it to the back of the frames with my handy dandy staple gun. voila, earring holders slash wall decor!
i wanted to hang them as a mini-gallery-wall with a few other pieces in the corner of our bedroom. i also remembered learning a handy trick through the magic of blogs - taping up pieces of paper in the size of your frames to figure out the best arrangement before pokin' holes in your walls. i'm too thrifty-neurotic and full of eco-guilt to use regular paper, so i recycled some pages of a pottery barn catalog.
first, i laid out the frames on my bed in an arrangement i liked, and i ripped, folded and taped the catalog pages together on top of them:
i also drew a dot on each page to mark the location of the hanger on the frame. this i highly recommend. then i taped the pages on the wall, arranged them until satisfied and hammered the nails in based on the dots i'd drawn. when the nails were in, i just ripped the paper off:
easiest. hanging method. ever.
and here we have it:
some gals like shoes; i like statement jewelry. obviously. and those jewels look way better hanging in frames than they ever did piled up on my dresser. fo sho.