I've always wanted some kind of special showcase to hold my jewelry. It seems like a shame to buy something pretty and then stick it in a drawer or box where you can't see it. Half the time I forget what's in those drawers and boxes and end up wearing the same pieces over and over. So I was thrilled when I found this jewelry curio a few days ago. Still, it needed implements inside the box on which to hold the jewelry, so I had myself a little crafting afternoon. The idea was tree branches, but instead of, say, spray painting some manzanita branches, I decided to make the branches and cover them in sweet printed fabrics.
Here's the close-up of the tree with the door open. I wanted it to look a little rough around the edges so it would have more of a vintage look, so I ripped the fabric into skinny strips and let the fringe show. In addition to the main tree, I created individual branches in contrasting fabrics that are attached from the top of the box and descend into the interior. I also made a little rock for attaching pins, like my fun little bakelite parrot.
The way I went about making the tree form was by using armature wire, a very soft, bendable wire that is used in sculpture and can be found at art supply stores. I simply bended it into the shape I was going for and made sure I created a little base that would allow it to stand. In this case, bending the bottom into a tripod shape worked perfectly.
Once the shape was right, I started wrapping it with the strips of fabric, using hot glue to hold it secure at various spots.