DIY Lightweight Jewelry Travel Organizer Tutorial

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DIY Jewelry Organizer

I don’t often post my own tutorials on I Heart Family Travels, but I figured I would share this one with you. I have a confession to make. This is how I have been traveling with my jewelry the last few years:

Travel Jewelry Fail

Yeah, that’s a bunch of jewelry just chilling in a ziplock there. Guilty. So I’ve been shopping around for a travel jewelry organizer and coming up empty. I’ve found a few that I’ve liked, like the Reed & Barton Naples Zippered Jewelry CaseReed and Barton Travel Jewelry Case

But at 1.5 pounds, I needed to keep looking. I found both the Anti-Tarnish Jewelry Organizer and the Reed & Barton Tri-Fold Jewelry Chests  but they were both 1 pounds each. I couldn’t justify the upgrade or sacrificing the space. I LOVE to travel as light as possible…going so that I can load up on souvenirs and awesome vintage design things on the way back. So I kept looking, and thinking. I wanted something about the size of a small wallet but was coming up empty. Then I thought about how to make my own…prototypes and the like. Then I realized it was probably a much simpler process and grabbed my hole punch.

Gather your supplies for the DIY Travel Jewelry Organizer

It’s super simple, I’m sure you can get how it’s done just by looking at it, but for those mommas who are slightly sleep deprived, like myself I’ll give you the rundown.

For this you’ll need:

  • Old business cards, discount cards or room keys. I’m eventually going to use old room keys since they will not only last longer but also remind me of all the fun adventures along the way, but for now, business cards will work.
  • Hole Punch. This one is 1/16″ of an inch, any larger and you risk earring pushing through.
  • Scissors. 
  • Something to store your cards in. A wallet, wallet sized photo album, vinyl credit card wallet insert, change purse or muslin bag.

Basically you’ll just start punching holes. 🙂 Once I had the holes punched for the necklace and earrings for my set, I would then cut a slit from the side in to one hole so that I could slide the clasp into the hole (too big to fit into the hole without it). then I would weave the other end through the holes, wrapping the chain around the card before securing it with the clasp in the back. Viola!

DIY Jewelry organizer


This worked well for traditional pendant-on-chain style necklaces, but the celtic charm was a bit more tricky so I had to make two slits to the holes to wrap the chain around. If your jewelry has a bunch of beads and baubles the whole was around, you’ll need to do this as well.

For wire earrings, I added two slits and a rubber band to keep them secure to the card:

Dangle Earrings IMG_6343

The little studs and hearts in the bottom image are from La Jewellery  a British designer whose gorgeous creations are made from ethically sourced silver, my Christmas presents from my hubs. I am absolutely in love with the little silver studs.

And there you go. The thinner cards can slide into credit card slots of a wallet or photo album, the bulkier things can go in the pockets.

Jewelry Wallet


Or you can use a change purse or muslin baggie which you can get for a dollar or two, shipping included from etsy. This came out to be less than an ounce in weight, no cost and will still fit in my toiletry bag. Best of all I no longer risk being fined for my crimes against fashion. Ba dum dum.

DIY No Sew Jewelry Organizer



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