Women often face problems organising their jewellery. Jewellery boxes keep pieces safe, clean and organised but can be a hassle when storing pieces you wear every day. Simply laying these pieces on your bureau, however, increases the risk of loss, damage or tangled jewellery. One simple and elegant solution involves making a wire jewellery tree. These freestanding trees look like art pieces on their own, with jewellery only enhancing their aesthetic. Wire trees are simple to make and take very little time.
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Things you need
- 20-gauge copper or silver craft wire
- Wire nips
- Wooden disc, 10 inches wide by 1 inch thick
- Paint or stain
Nip about 15 strands of wire 40 inches long to make a tree about 16 inches high. Gather the wire pieces together and fold them in half. Pinch the wires 5 inches above the loop and twist them together three times.
Separate the wire loops below the twist into groups of three or four. Twist each bunch together for five turns, and separate each bunch into smaller bunches of one or two. Twist these the rest of the way down, leaving a loop about the size of a dime at the end of each root. Push the roots up so they splay outward.
Twist the wires above the root system together for five turns, until the trunk is 5 inches tall. Separate the wires above the trunk into groups of three, four and five. Twist them together for three turns to create branches. Separate the wires into groups of two and three. Continue to twist, bending and turning the wires to look more like branches.
Paint or stain a wooden disc for your tree’s base. Stain it to match your bedroom furniture, or paint it with designs that complement your decor Gel stain and acrylic paints dry quickly.
Place your wire tree in the centre of your disc, pushing down slightly to help splay out the roots a bit more. Staple the roots to the disc near the ends. Angle the staples to match the angles of the wires in the roots and help hide the staples. Hang your necklaces, bracelets and fishhook earrings from your new tree.
Tips and warnings
- Create little spaces for post earrings in the branches and roots by pulling individual wires up from twisted bundles to create tiny loops. If done correctly, you should be able to slip your post earrings through the loops and secure them against the wire with the earring backs.
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