I'm a huge advocate of putting jewellery out on display rather than keeping it hidden in drawers or boxes. Why wouldn't you want your gorgeous necklaces on show, and even better that you don't have to untangle it all before you wear it! There are loads of jewellery display ideas on the internet, but a lot of them involve hanging them on hooks which isn't so feasible when you're renting. Jewellery trees are a much better solution for me - they're free standing, can be moved really easily and hold a lot too. The problem I find though, is that they're not the cheapest thing to buy. I see them all over the internet for atleast £20 and often they're not the right colour/shape/style. My Mum and my sister had the grand idea of making one ourselves and turns out it's super easy to do! You can decorate it how you like and even choose the size you want too.
I haven't done step by step photos because it really is so easy, but here's a list of things you will need:
Air drying clay
The main thing you'll need is a branch. Mine started out pretty big and I cut down a lot of the twigs to get it to the shape and size I wanted. I think it's easier to get a larger branch and cut it yourself rather than pick a smaller one and be limited on hanging branches. Try and pick one that stands nice and straight when up, with the branches coming off being relatively parallel too - this stops your necklaces from sliding to the inside. I also had a branch that had a couple of bits snapped off anyway so there were little nubs on it - this works really great for holding rings so don't dismiss it because of them!
My little terracotta pot was from my parent's shed but you can find them in hardware stores and craft shops. I painted mine white to match my bedroom, but decoupage would look really cool too.
I was tempted to paint my branch too, but in the end I really like the natural wood finish anyway. The good thing is, because it's wood, it will take paint really easily if you do want to make it colourful. Painting the ends of the branches in bright colours would look awesome (and straight off a designer pinterest board)
All you need to do once you've cut your branch down to size is to fill your pot with air drying clay. I moulded mine into it and then pushed the branch in after. I filled my pot up about two thirds full and it's important to make sure you're happy with the angle the branch is sitting. Remember to make sure it is balanced too, or it will just fall over! Once I was happy with mine, I placed the whole thing in my boiler cupboard to speed up the drying process. After leaving it overnight, I had to take the branch and the clay out of the pot, because only the top of it had dried properly (I think because of the terracotta pot.) The pot slid off easily and I just placed the branch, now in the clay, back in to the cupboard. I think it worked better this way to ensure the clay fitted really well in to the pot and also meant I didn't have to wait a billion years for it to dry whilst inside the pot (I'm impatient.)
I left it for another day or so and then just placed the clay and branch back into the pot. It had shrunk a little so I made sure it stuck in well by gluing it inside with UHU.
And that's it! Place it on your dresser and decorate with your jewellery - and of course, admire your handywork! This is a super simple DIY that looks great and is so cheap to make! xo