DIY jewelry tree

Pin It

i’ve been wanting to make my own jewelry tree for a while now. i figured it would be useful at home and at jewelry shows. i love finding ways to house and organize my jewelry that also serve a decorative purpose. i couldn’t find an already made jewelry tree that i liked enough to purchase because they were either too short (i have a lot of long necklaces) or too expensive…so i made my own! here’s my DIY jewelry tree:

as i drove around LA i scouted for big tall trees with branches that would work well for my jewelry tree. i happened upon the mother-load near a high school where along the perimeter fence they had a bunch of giant eucalyptus trees…yes, i was the creepy lady roaming amongst the trees outside of a school collecting sticks and shoving them in my trunk. the area i found was perfect because the trees had dropped a bunch of dead branches/twigs which were already dried and prime for the picking. i suggest finding dead branches/twigs where possible rather than cutting fresh ones, they tend to be too flexible otherwise.

what you’ll need:
-branches and twigs of different sizes and lengths
-a hand saw (you could break them if you want but they tend to splinter unless you saw a clean cut)
-industrial twine (find at any hardware store) i like the natural hemp one
-scissors and a glue gun (to finish the ends)
-a base for your tree (i used this big heavy glass vase i found for $12.99 at Ross) remember it needs to be weighty otherwise your tree will be top-heavy

do it:
1. pick out the strong thick piece for the “trunk” of your tree. i used a big ‘y’ shaped piece and trimmed it down with the saw.
2. pick and choose how and where you want your tree to sprout branches. let the natural shape of the branch pieces dictate which direction and where to attach. saw where necessary.
3. cut a long piece of twine and wrap the new branch onto the trunk. wrap tightly and switch directions once and a while by looping it around one of the pieces to make sure they are very secure.
4. tie off the piece of twine and hot glue the little tail of the knot down so it doesn’t fray or look messy
5. place in your base vase, find a home on your dresser and hang all your pretty jewelry as decoration!

come meet my jewelry tree in person at the Unique LA show this weekend! also, so glad that some of you can come to the show this weekend! expect an email from me soon with the info on how to get in using the list access. so excited to see all of you!




  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisianamei ana mei

    why do you have the greatest/funkiest home stuff?!!?! you are too cool kate, too cool

  • Pingback: dream pad of the moment: rustic whimsy « Mr. Kate

  • Mr. Mz.

    Great idea…Kate you are an amazing artist….keep using that creative mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LeMagnifiqueMinnie Melissa Decker

    did u make the jar aswell?

    • Anonymous

      I did not, I got the jar for $10 at Ross

  • Amy

    I too have looked for a jewelry tree, can’t believe I have not thought of this, thanks for the idea.  Also where did you get the little white jewelry box in the background, I am looking for one of those too?

    • Anonymous

      glad you like! the white jewelry box was given to me as a gift but I think it’s from Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel

  • Gamam

    thats gay

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=612000003 Katie McCulloch

    I love that you could fill the jar with decorations and change it by season or something too. I have nothing to do with my necklaces at the moment, but I love your ideas. :)

  • Jen

    Is it just me, but I think the string ruins it. In the original pic I saw on pinterest it was dark and couldn’t see the string, but wow now that I see it I’m bummed. Just sayin

  • http://forget-me-notts.blogspot.com/ Savvy Sarah

    This looks sooo cool but do you have to put the string on the tree?