Most jewelry boxes hide your favorite pairs of earrings, making them hard to find and maintain, and come at a high price. Instead, try a local store’s kitchen section for an inexpensive solution which will show off your earrings and add a spot of color to your room. By using a box grater (or cheese grater) and some spray paint you can make your own earrings holder for about $10.

What You Need

  • grater- box graters or cheese graters will both work, but box graters are much cheaper (I found mine at Target)
  • spray paint and spray paint primer- you should use both but they can often be found in the same bottle (I found a can that included both paint and primer at Home Depot)
  • four small objects- you can pick any four (matching) objects which lay flat to place under each corner of your grater so that it has something to stand on (I used four bolts from Home Depot)
  • glue- (if attaching objects for your grater to stand upon)

DIY1Step One: Painting Your Grater

Find a place where you don’t mind spraying fumes, I went outside. Make sure to place something underneath the grater if you’re spraying outside (such as newspaper or a plastic bag), and something both underneath the grater and behind it to catch any stray spraying if done inside.

For separate paint and primer: First, evenly spray a layer of primer over every side of your grater and its handle. This will simultaneously cover the inside of your grater as well. After the primer has dried, evenly spray your chosen color of spray paint. Make sure not to stay too long on one spot, or spray too close, because it will cause parts of the paint to make drip marks.

For combined paint and primer can: First, evenly spray a layer of your primer/color over every side of your grater and its handle. This will simultaneously cover the inside of your grater as well. Make sure not to stay too long on one spot, or spray too close, because it will cause parts of the paint to make drip marks.

Step Two: Additional Coats and Drying

Once the first layer of your colored paint has dried, which should only be a few minutes, spray at least one more coat for more permanent, even coverage. Read the instructions of your individual can to know how long until it is safe to touch/use (usually at least twenty minutes to an hour to safely touch, and a day to be ready for use without scraping the paint).

DIY2Step Three: Positioning Your Stands

Carefully place each of your bolts or other four objects of choice the exact distances away from each other as the corners of your grater. Then, place a dot glue on the part of your object which you plan on connecting to the bottom of the grater (generally being the smaller side of the object to give your grater a more solid base).

Step Four: Glueing

Slowly lower your grater onto the glue-topped objects, giving yourself time to slightly move any that may be off so that your grater is perfectly centered. Hold the grater down firmly on top of your newly glued stands for a couple minutes to ensure that it will not move or tip over.

Step Five: You’re Done!

You can now choose where to place your creation! The different sized holes on each side of the grater will accommodate the different sizes of your earrings to keep them in place.