Here is a list of what you will need, if you are just pulling out old stuff from the closet.
For fishhook earrings:
Washed pair of old pantyhose
Shoebox lid or shoebox or a box that is medium-thick (thick enough to be steady when you put it to stand)
Some sort of weight (optional – found a glossy stone that, I think, belonged to my son, lol)
This is the simplest way since I will just be using this at home.
1. Skip this step when you’re using a shoebox lid. I wrapped the glossy stone with papers and put them in the box. Cut a piece of carton that will fit the box but not exactly cover the top. Put the carton on top of the mess (stone and papers), allow some space from the carton and the box’s mouth by pushing the carton in a bit.
2. Slide the box into the pantyhose, make allowances on both sides. Cut the legs off.
3. Fit the fabric nicely by stretching but be careful so they don’t run.
4. Stretch both ends (the part that you cut off and the open part). Tie up these two ends in a knot. Don’t fret because this is just for home use so no one will check what the back of your holder looks like. 😀
5. Hang up your fishhook earrings.
For earrings with lock.:
If you want a much better looking holder, buy your materials from the hardware store. Thrifty me still found stuff around the house.
Window screen mesh or Aida cloth (used for cross stitching) – can only be used on wooden frames
or washed old pantyhose
Picture frame (I got lots without the glass)
Needle nosed pliers
Strong glue or staplers
Cardboard/piece of carton
If you buy picture frames that are made of wood make sure that they’ve been sand. You can paint the frame too. Since I used a metal frame, I left it as is. Besides I am doing this the simplest way.
1. If using old frames remove the deadly points first. (Use pliers to yank off nails and other metal stuff except for one if you want to hang the holder later on.) If you want to paint the frame, take extra care like putting newspaper on your work area, wiping off dripping paint etc.
2. Take the backing board off the frame. Make a frame out of the backing board by cutting the inside leaving at least a few mm on each side (see below photo, notice the black thin thingie by the metal frame). If your frame doesn’t have a backing board, you can use any cardboard. Make sure to cut it a tad smaller than the frame so it will fit at the back.
3. Measure screen mesh or aida cloth and cut with a bit of allowance. If you are using old stockings like I did, slide the backing frame inside the pantyhose and cut off the legs. Glue the edges at the back of the backing frame. Glue or staple this ensemble onto your frame.
If you use screen mesh or aida cloth, glue or staple carefully on the wooden frame making sure that creases are straightened out. Cut off the excess screen mesh or aida cloth for a neater finish.
I covered the back edges with another board cut into a frame.
You can also use picture frames for fishhook earrings should you decide to cover the back of your holder with a fabric. They look neat too when hanged!