Easy Wire Jewelry Tree

earring tree feature

A garage sale canvas picture became the base for this wall hanging wire earring tree.

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Garage Sale Report #3

I covered the canvas with colorful strips of washi tape and sealed it with a thin layer of Mod Podge.

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To make the earring tree you will need wire, wire cutters and needle nose pliers.

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I used 19 gauge dark annealed wire.  Cut 2 pieces of wire in lengths of 18″, 17″, 16″, 15″, 14″, 13″, 12″, 11″. 10″ inches.

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In random places, twirl the wire around the needle nose pliers in pairs (for your set of earrings). I made four twirls on the longer pieces.  After you have made the twirls on each wire, stack them together so they are all represented in the end of the stump.

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Apply some hot glue at the end of the wire bundle and carefully “smoosh” it with damp fingers taking care not to burn yourself.  I wait about 30 seconds after applying the hot glue and gingerly pat the glue until it hardens.  The hot glue isn’t intended to hold the stack together permanently, but it helps control the wires until you can wrap the trunk and cover the hot glue with more wire.

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Starting at the top of the trunk, wrap the wire as tightly and you can and go over it several times to make it look like the trunk of a tree.

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Make dots on the canvas picture where the tree will be located.  TIP: make the dots slightly thinner than the actual tree trunk so the attaching wires won’t be obvious when the tree is attached.

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Use an awl, ice pick or similar tool to poke a tiny hole in the canvas.  Cut 3 pieces of wire and cut them so each side is the same length.

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Insert the little pieces of wire from the front and pull tightly to secure the tree to the canvas picture.  Fold the wire over to each side in the back.

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wire earring tree

Finally, fan out the branches and place on the wall over your dresser or vanity table and fill it up with your fabulous earrings.

Now you have a practical piece of art that is whimsical and easy to make!

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of making your own Wire Earring Tree, I have this one listed in my Etsy Shop:  WhimziVille.  Click Here to see it!

 

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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