Bring a little bit of the outdoors inside with this DIY jewelry tree! Mother Nature is the original designer out there, and I’m delighted by her simple solution for storing my necklaces.
- Tree branch. Preferably dead (not still green), with branches that are a finger thick and have a few nubs along them, as perfectly smooth branches won’t hold anything in place.
- Concrete plant pot saucer (this one is 23cm diameter)
- Rubber chair leg tip, same diameter as branch base
- Extra-strong glue that can bond to varying materials (in this case, plastic and masonry)
- Medium-grit sandpaper
- Timber wax or oil. I like this water-based wax product from IKEA – BEHANDLA – that I haven’t found anywhere else.
Glue the chair tip in the center of the saucer and let it cure overnight, or as long as the bottle stipulates. You want a strong bond for the glue so it doesn’t get swayed by the weight of jewelry!
For the branch, use secateurs to trim off any too-small or extraneous branches, as well as trimming the base flat.
If you want to give the branch a little more lustre, then I recommend sandpaper and wax. Hand-sand the branch with 120-grit paper, just enough to take off the roughness of the bark, and then give the branch a couple of coats of wax. The branch looks more like a deliberate object, rather than just being plucked out of a garden, and the wax provides increased durability.
FYI: My branch was a cast-off from a eucalyptus tree, and it smelled AMAZING while I sanded it!
Once both the glue and wax are cured, place the branch in the chair tip. Make sure it’s a snug fit; if it’s not snug enough, wrap a small amount of tape around the base and try again.
That’s it – your DIY jewelry tree!
This DIY jewelry tree project ticks several boxes in my mind: easy, cheap, functional, stylish. I like the contrast of cement with the tree branch, and I’m not just going to use it for jewelry, either: how does a Halloween display tree with a bunch of little bats dangling off the branches sound?