Make this Jewelry stand by carving a tray in the branch that will be for the base and attaching a smaller upright branch.
The carved out section of the branch will hold your earrings. A small piece branching off from the one horizontal branch is for rings. Hang necklaces and bracelets from the other branches.
Time scale: 4 out of 5
To make your jewelry stand, start by cutting a 1.5 to 2 inch diameter forked branch about 21 inches long. I used willow for this. Peel off the bark. With a pencil, mark out where you will carve a tray into this branch. Mark it in about a 1/4 of an inch from each side to start with and about 8 inches long. I carved the shape on the main part of the branch and also on to the forked part.
Using a carving bit on the dremel, start removing the wood. It will be kind of like making a dugout canoe, but on a much smaller scale. Leave a thicker piece of the wood in the very center part where the small upright branch will go. There will be more wood to drill into, so the branch will be more sturdy. Don't carve too deep down into the wood. Leave at least a 1/4 inch thickness in the bottom.
When you have removed a good part of the wood, put a coarse sanding drum on to the dremel. Continue carving into the wood and smoothing out any rough spots. After this is done, use a piece of fine grit sandpaper to finish smoothing.
If you would like to do this jewelry stand project but want it to be less time consuming, you can skip the carving part. Just drill a hole in the main branch and put the upright smaller branch in.
Cut a tree branch that is about 1/2 inch in diameter to about 25 inches long. Use a branch that has quite a few side branches off from this. I used cedar. Cut the side branches into various lengths, from about 1/2 an inch to 2 inches long. Use a sharp knife to peel the bark off all the branches.
Drill a hole in the center, where you left more thickness to the wood. Make the hole slightly smaller around than the diameter of the small branch. Sand this. Put wood glue in the hole and stand the branch up vertically. If the fit is still too tight, sand a bit more, by hand with a piece of sandpaper.
After sanding, this hole ended up too big on my jewelry stand. I glued the branch in place and to tightening it up, I put wooden toothpicks all the way around the edge. When this was dry, I broke the toothpicks off, even with the top of the hole. I then mixed up some fine sawdust and wood glue and put around the edge to fill in the rest of the gap. When dry you can sand it and this edge will almost disappear. When all the sanding has been completed, wipe down the wood with a damp cloth to remove the sawdust.
Cut a 1 inch diameter forked branch to the same length as your main bottom branch. (about 21 inches long) Peel the bark off of this. There was a small side branch coming diagonally off from this. Cut this piece to about 2.5 inches long. This small branch will be for hanging rings.
Place the branch beside the larger branch horizontally and glue in place using wood glue. Clamp together until dry. The fork of the branch should run the opposite direction from the one on the other branch. This will add stability to the jewelry stand and prevent it from tipping over when you hang jewelry on it.
If you would rather not have a second branch attached, start out with a piece of wood for your bottom piece that is bigger around, possibly with a forked branch coming off both sides. You could also shorten your vertical branch so it won't be so top heavy, when hanging necklaces from it. I was hanging some glass pendants from mine which are quite heavy. I needed to add extra support to keep it from tipping over. When making your jewelry stand, test it out to see if it requires this extra piece attached to the other one. It will all depend on the branches you choose.
With a small paintbrush, apply brown antiquing medium and wipe off after a few seconds. Let this dry. I originally tried vermont maple minwax. I was so pleased to get it from Michaels for a whopping nineteen cents. What a deal. I had an oak color that cost me nearly $7.00 so I promptly took it back to the store. (I hadn't used any of it) Well, my great deal wasn't such a great deal afterall. It wasn't worth even five cents! It had this pinky tinge to it and it looked awful!! This caused extra work trying to scrub it off. That wasn't possible so I ended up sanding it down again. Troubles, troubles and nearly another craft wreck to add to the list. It would have been better to leave it the natural color and not have to do all that mucking around. After a lot of persistance, I finally had it looking better. On a time scale of 1 to 5 this actually probably took me +10, but it shouldn't have!
Apply three coats of clear varnish to the jewelry stand.
When this is dry, hang your necklaces and bracelets on the branches. Hang your rings on the diagonal branch and put earrings in the bottom tray. No more digging through your jewelry box. You can now have your pieces on display and easy to locate.
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