DIY Jewelry Hanger from a Kitchen Memo Board

DIY Jewelry Hanger from a Kitchen Memo Board

Sometimes I am flush with project ideas, but then there are the scary droughts. And you guys, I was in a drought recently- all sorts of self-doubt crept in, my thrifting luck dried up, and I just needed to step back for a bit. But, thankfully I felt the gears in my head start to turn again when I stepped into a thrift store and found this kitchen memo board. I knew right away that it could be easily transformed into a DIY jewelry hanger, perfect for a teen or tween’s room, a dorm room, or any small space, like an apartment.

Kitchen memo board at the Goodwill thrift store

I’ve certainly made jewelry hanger-type projects before! Remember this necklace rack that I made with old thread spools?

wooden necklace holder with vintage thread spools

But back to the memo board! All I needed to do was remove a few things from the memo board, give the entire thing a makeover, and re-awaken it as a DIY jewelry hanger in just a few steps.

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Transforming a Kitchen Memo Board

First things first, let me explain my plans for this memo board:

  • The cubbies will hold small jewelry boxes or chunky cuff bracelets.
  • The bars will be perfect for clasp bracelets.
  • The pegs underneath the cubbies will hold bangles or short necklaces.
  • The memo pad holder will be removed and replaced with individual cup hooks for necklace; and
  • The “Home Sweet Home” label will be replaced with a mirror decal.

Upcycling a memo board into a DIY jewelry hanger

Next, I removed the existing hardware (bolts and wingnuts). Then, I peeled off the “Home Sweet Home” sticker from the front of the memo board.

Removing the hardware from a kitchen notice board

However, I was left with two pencil-eraser sized holes from the bolts to deal with.

So, I used some wood filler to fill up the holes, and when that was dry, I sanded down the excess. Then, I sanded down the entire memo board.

Filling in the bolt holes with plastic wood

I didn’t do a thorough every-nook-and-cranny sanding. Just enough to remove some of the old finish which would allow my paint to adhere better.

Creating a DIY Jewelry Hanger

When the kitchen memo board was sanded down to my liking, I chose a lilac spray paint to give it a thorough makeover.

Spray painting a DIY jewelry hanger with French Lilac

Next, I gave it a couple of coats of my lilac purple spray paint.

Then, I lightly sanded it for a mildly distressed vintage look before buffing it with clear wax to protect the paint.

Wall jewelry organizer from a kitchen memo board

Following that, I measured out an even line for three large cup hooks, and pre-drilled pilot holes to make screwing them in a breeze. My idea for a DIY jewelry hanger was really coming to life now!

Attaching hooks to a wall hanging jewelry organizer

Lastly, I purchased an inexpensive set of acrylic mirrors (from, of all places) that I could glue onto the DIY jewelry hanger.

Attaching a mirror decal to a DIY jewelry hanger

I didn’t want to deal with actual glass for fear of breaking or making the jewelry hanger extra heavy.

And that was it! My wall hanging jewelry organizer was complete!

DIY Jewelry Hanger from a Kitchen Memo Board

What a transformation, eh? Would you even know it was the same memo board I found at Goodwill?

Wall jewelry organizer as apartment storage ideas

Finally, I hung it up on my wall and filled with all of my jewelry. And everything worked and looked EXACTLY how I had hoped it would.

Dorm room storage or apartment storage with a DIY jewelry hanger

In small homes and living spaces (like a dorm room or an apartment), the walls are the only place to add additional storage. So this DIY jewelry hanger would be absolutely perfect as dorm room storage or similar.

And, guess what today is?? Thrift Store Decor Team day, which means my friends have been repurposing their thrift store finds, too!

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And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for a wall hanging jewelry organizer, then you may also be interested in this ring holder made from a cigar box, as well!

Making the ring cushions for a vintage cigar box to use as a DIY ring holder

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Amanda Lake says

    As always your projects are beautiful and classy. Please don’t ever get discouraged. Your creativity is amazing. I love your ideas.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Amanda- I so rarely fall into ruts like that, but it’s just awful when I do. Happy to say I’m climbing back out of this one, though!

  2. Sutzi McGovern says

    Love this jewelry holder. You could transform and sell these for those of us (me) who are unfortunately, not crafty. Fabulous.

  3. Great repurposing!

  4. This is such a fabulous idea! I am crushing on your jewelry!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you- can you tell I’m a quirky, non-fancy, one-of-a-kind jewelry girl? LOL

  5. Rustoleum has a French Lilac color? How did I miss that – so pretty! Girl, tell that self doubt to take a hike because you are one crazy talented lady who so deserves to be part of the blogging community. I’m happy to see you got your creative juices flowing again with another fab thrift store reimagine 🙂 Pinned

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It sure does!!! Thank you, my friend…it was a long scary rut, that’s for sure. Happy to be climbing out of it, though! 🙂

  6. This turned out super cute and I love that fun color you used on it!

  7. girlfromwva says

    that is really beautiful!

  8. So clever & I love that purple!!! So pretty!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much, Maryann- it’s a great color!!! I just so rarely use it, LOL.

  9. Kathy A. says

    What a great project for a tween who is just beginning to appreciate jewelry. Around here it would have to be pink for Al’s grand, or teal for mine! Another thing to add to my “look for list.” Hey, I bet your creativity was fine; the thrifts were having a dry spell! NOW I have a shower caddy to paint to turn into a small pot rack; it’s your fault!!!

  10. I love this!! I also love your jewelry!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you!!! Can you tell that I am a funky jewelry gal and not a fine-gemstone gal? LOL 😉

  11. Karen Benitez says

    My hubby used to be the manager of a large thrift superstore and,as his spouse, I got a 50% discount off of the already inexpensive items. I wish I had your vision and followed you back then when it comes to repurposing!! But on the other hand, if I did I’d probably not be able to walk through my house with all the treasures I’d pick up!! Lol

  12. Stillllllll amaaaaaazed at the eye you have which allows you to see potential in ordinary items like the memo board! LoveLoveLove the color too!

  13. Such a sweet transformation Sarah! I love what you did with the old memo board. Pinned, and shared on Facebook!


  14. Once again you amaze me with your awesome upcycle. I never would of thought of turning a memo board into a jewelry organizer, but it’s perfect. I couldn’t see you going for long without your creative juices flowing and so happy it didn’t take long for them to come back.

  15. Kathy Beemer says

    Brillant!!!! I love it!!!

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