I see so much beauty in nature that I find myself bringing it indoors whenever possible. River stones. Driftwood. Fresh flowers. Beachy accents in the bath. Acorns in the fall. Evergreens during the holidays. And branches. I love branches, especially as accents.
I once saw a designer spray paint gigantic branches in a hot coral color, and place them in an urn on top of a piano in a very grand living room. It made me swoon. While this look is a bit over the top for some, I have always wanted to spray paint branches to make them sculptural.
So I was pruning my wild oak tree last weekend. It should be no surprise that I decided to use one of the Charlie Brown branches to make a jewelry holder.
Here’s a peek:
I was inspired by these versions available online by Urban Outfitters.
I really am a Pollyanna. I like to hang sparkly things in front of windows and watch the light reflect throughout the room. So I decided to make my own version of a jewelry tree with a few supplies I had in my garage.
Step One: Find the right branch. Nothing too flimsy, nothing too heavy. Find a branch that has both interest and balance. You have to be Goldilocks and find one that’s just right. Pluck off all the leaves and allow it to dry out for a few days.
Here’s my wild oak branch Before:
Step Two: Build your base. I asked Mr. CG to create a base by cutting some scrap alder wood because I refuse to handle the miter saw. Not many things scare me, but that blade does.
Step Three: Screw the wood together on the bottom, then drill a hole into the top of the base with a drill bit.
Step Four: Use spackle or wood filler to fill in any seams or gaps in your wood.
Step Five: Fill your hole with wood glue, stick your branch in the hole, and let it dry for 24 hours.
Step Six: Give your base a light sanding. If want a rustic quality, then consider painting only the base. But if you want color, then give your branches a coat of primer. Primer helps to seal the wood. Allow it to dry. Use whatever spray paint you wish to give your jewelry tree the color you desire. One tip: Get up really close to the branches when you spray so that it almost drips. Don’t spray from far away – it’s pointless and you’ll waste a lot of paint.
To give my base more staying power, I anchored it to an old square mirror with some silicone rubber sealant I had leftover from this mirror project and this jeweled planter project. You could also buy some heavy magnets at a hardware store, and glue them to the bottom, if you need to add more weight to your base.
Step Seven: Decorate ! It’s just like decorating a Christmas tree. Your lighter earrings hang on the more delicate branches, while the bigger branches support your heavier necklaces or bracelets. It’s a bit of a balancing game, but it’s fun nonetheless.
Before and After:
I love its sculptural qualities, its wintery whiteness, and its organic genesis. And I also love the fact that it cost me nothing. Now I hope you’ll be looking at tree branches in your yard or neighborhood with new interest.
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright
Thank you http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2009/07/diy-jewelry-tree/