Are you ever in a situation where you struggle to find that golden bracelet you know you have? Or maybe you find yourself trying to pick through a tangled mess of necklace chains. Well here's a solution. For all those people who love nature and need a way to organize their stuff, this Birch Tree Jewelry Organizer is perfect for you. It's easy to make, uses everyday household items, and looks beautiful on any dresser or table. You can even personalize it to your style by adding different embellishments.
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Your Materials
For this project, you will need
- A HARD paper roll in any size
- 6inch wooden dowels (I purchased mine from my local dollar store)
- A black glass plate
- A hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- White, brown, and black acrylic paint
- Paintbrushes in various sizes
- A pencil
- A mixing plate or palette
- Green glass marbles
- A fake redbird or other animal
Step 2: Step 2: Draw Out the Holes
Using a pencil or other writing utensil, draw 2 circles on each side of the roll to indicate where the branches will be. These holes should be approximately 2-2.5 inches apart. You can also choose to add more branches if your roll is longer.
Step 3: Step 3: Carving Out the Holes
Using a pair of scissors, carve out the circles you drew for the tree branches by rotating the scissors in a circular motion. This part may be a bit difficult for younger children, so have a parent or guardian complete this step.
Step 4: Step 4:
Use the back of a paintbrush or pencil to smooth out the edges of the circle. You can rotate the paintbrush inside the hole to enlarge it until it is the size of the dowel. Once your hole is the right size, insert the dowel. Do this until all four holes are carved and dowels have been placed inside them.
Step 5: Step 5: Glue in the Dowels
Remove each of the dowels from the holes. Using a hot glue gun, put a generous amount of glue in the hole. While the glue is still hot, insert the dowel back into the hole and hold it firmly until the glue has dried. Repeat this step for all four branches.
Step 6: Step 6: Paint the Bark of the Tree (Part 1)
Gather your white and black acrylic paint and a surface to mix the paint. Pour out a generous amount of white paint and a toothpick size amount of black paint (as shown in the image). Mix these two colors together until you reach a uniform light gray tone. Paint the entire body of the tree with this color. Depending on the type of paint you use, you may need to do more than one coat. Let the paint dry fully before moving on to the next step.
Step 7: Step 7: Paint the Branches
Gather brown and black acrylic paint and a surface to mix them. Pour out a generous amount of brown paint and a small amount of black paint (as shown in the image). Mix these two paint together until you reach a dark brown color. You can change the ratios of the color to achieve a darker or lighter brown. Use this color to paint the tree branches (wooden dowels). You may need more than one coat for the color to become opaque. Let the paint dry fully before moving on to the next step.
Step 8: Step 8: Paint the Bark of the Tree (Part 2)
Using a reference image paint the colored sections of the bark using the color used for the branches. There is no perfect way to do this, so have fun and make your tree unique. Let the paint dry fully before moving on to the next step.
Step 9: Step 9: Attach the Tree to a Base
Once the tree has painted and dried, you need to attach it to the black plate. Use a hot glue gun to attach the tree to the center of the black plate. At this point the tree is COMPLETE!. Now you can add embellishments and extra items to make the tree your own.
Step 10: Step 10: Adding Embellishments
You can now use items to bring your tree to life. For this project, I chose to use green glass marbles to add some weight to the plate and bring the allusion of grass. I also decided to add a red bird to the top of the tree for a little pop of color. This step is completely optional and can be made any way you want.
Step 11: Step 11: Time to Use Your Organizer
Your tree is complete and in need of some jewelry. I made another one of these trees using a slightly taller roll which can be used to hang longer necklaces and earrings. Leave a comment down below if you enjoyed this tutorial or tried it out yourself.