How to build a jewelry cabinet for necklaces and earrings out a $9 mirror

Jan 04 2016
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I always have such a hard time coming up with something special to get my incredible Mom for Christmas. I think we all want to get something useful and memorable and just amazing, especially for the people that are the most important to us. But that is a very tall order! I had come across a mirrored jewelry cabinet on Pinterest many times when it finally dawned on me that I could make one for Mom! She and I went to Walmart and picked up a nice black mirror. She didn’t have the space for a full length mirror so we decided on this one that she could hang above one of her bed side tables and it was only $9! From there, I got to work!

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

Initially it was as simple as making a box out of 1x4s. I made the box a touch smaller then the mirror and reinforced it with steel brackets for strength. I also added the board inset across the top for hanging necklaces from. It didn’t look like much of a jewelry cabinet at this point but I knew it would!

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

From there I painted the box and then set to work on the mirror. It came with multiple sets of hardware on the back that I removed. I saved the screws and reused them (VERY CAREFULLY!!) for screwing the hinges on the back. I chose just small and simple hinges for this project because the mirror was not terribly heavy.

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

With the box painted and the mirror ready to attach I picked up some black felt for the back. Where I couldn’t staple the felt (because of the steel brackets) I just used glue. I stretched it tight, attached, then cut off the excess fabric. From there I got to work adding the little hooks for all of her jewelry. Across the top I used a ruler, spacing every hook one and a half inches a part and then just a hammer and a nail to help the hooks start, my thumbs are still sore from screwing all those in I think lol.

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

The lower hooks I put in the sides and ran jewelry wire across for all of her dangly earrings. I also added the lowest wire to give the bottom tray a little stability for all of her jewelry that she can’t hang. The little tray I just picked up for less then $2 also at walmart and it was nice for her jewelry cabinet because it had rubber feet on the bottom.

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

Hanging the cabinet I just used sheetrock anchors and two screws through the back plate. Later I plan on coming back and painting over the screws heads so they’re white like the cabinet. I also added a little magnetic latch so the mirror snaps (and stays) shut. (Yes, I realized quite awhile ago during this process that I essentially built my mom a medicine cabinet lol.)

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

How to build a hidden jewelry cabinet out of a $9 walmart mirror

So far she’s really happy with it and it was such a simple project!

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60 Comments on "How to build a jewelry cabinet for necklaces and earrings out a $9 mirror"

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Diana Petrillo

Great project, Tarah! I can see making a cabinet like this with a vintage mirror–wouldn’t that be awesome? Now I know how to do it thanks to your tutorial 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us at Vintage Charm–

Rebecca West

Such a creative idea! Thanks for linking up at Welcome Home Wednesdays!

Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing at Party in Your PJs!

Helen Fern

Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

Melissa Ruddy

That is so cool and useful. I love pieces that serve as decoration and storage. Great project

the cape on the corner

super smart!


What a great idea! I always see these at yard sales and figure I don’t need another…but now I do! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

Angie @ ambient wares

This is a great idea and you did an awesome job Tarah! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

Carol L Cook

You are so clever.

Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Casey Capra

Wow, so cool! What a great idea!

Chloe Crabtree

Look how creative and handy you are! What a great project! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!


Such a neat idea!

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


I love projects that are both functional and pretty. And that’s such a wonderful way to give a gift to your mother! Thanks so much for joining us at the #happynowlinkup!

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R

Tarah, what a lovely gift for your Mom. My Mom always appreciated handmade Christmas gifts. She loved them so much that when she became ill and I went to take care of her I found just about everything I made her displayed. I’d say, Hey I painted that picture for you, I forgot about it. She had a lot of my paintings where the subject was our family. I did other crafts for her as well. I miss her so much! xo

Frugal Hausfrau

It couldn’t be more perfect! Thanks for bringing your post to Throwback Thursday This week!


Lisa Ehrman

This is really wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays 🙂

Brita Long

What a thoughtful gift! My parents bought something like this for me years ago, and it’s one of the most useful things I own. Mine doesn’t have a mirror on the front, though, it’s a photo collage frame.


This is gorgeous! If I didn’t already have a jewelry cabinet that I love (similar to this one but not as cheap!), I’d be hopping on this DIY!!

Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

What a lovely and practical idea.
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What a great project. I bet your mom loves this. You are SO creative~! Thanks for sharing.

Amber Harrop

That is such a clever update Tarahlynn – so creative


Receiving something hand made for Christmas is the best kind of gift. This one is especially nice because it is useful as well.

Nicely done.


What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It.

Gentle Joy Homemaker

Great idea… I’m sure your mom is loving it. 🙂


Great tutorial – you always make everything look so easy.

Fiona Cambouropoulos

My daughter has one very like this, I’d never thought to make it myself. So clever. #TwinklyTuesday

Lisa (mummascribbles)

This looks so fab. What a great little project 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday


It looks absolutely amazing, thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

Heather Keet

Awesome! #ThatFridayLinky

Kelly Edwards

That is amazing! Such a genius idea. Thanks for linking up with #fortheloveofBLOG x

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