I’ve had the same earring holder since I was about nine years old. It is a lime green frog with big blue eyes. While I loved it as a child, I have been wanting something a little more…me…for a long time now. But for some reason, elegant, pretty grown-up earring holders are rather hard to find. It’s always like a hot pink statue of the Eifel Tower or a red lady bug or something like that. Cute, sure, but really not what I have always pictured.
I finally grew tired to hoping to find something great, so I took matters into my own hands. My handy wire and junk at hand, I started building one. I went outside and cut a branch to use for a foundation, and started wrapping wire around it. Originally, I had planned to make the piece entirely of wire, but was having a hard time making it stand on its own, so I looked through my boxes of junk and found items and found the perfect base. After a little tweaking on the tree’s stump, it wedged right down into the stand perfectly. I did not have to glue or otherwise fasten it, it fits so nice and snug.
As I was working on this sculpture, I realized I would have to come up with something to hold my big hoop earrings and other larger earrings. I went to rummaging in my supply again and found just the thing. An old chain belt I bought a few years ago but never wore. I took a length of it and looped it on my tree’s branches. It works great.
The chain holding my hoop earrings is not permanently fixed in place, so it can span two branches, or it can hang freely from just one.
And finally, I still needed some sort of screen to hold my stud earrings. That’s what I needed to do all along. Still unsure, I kept on hunting until I found an old piece from plumbing pipe (I’m afraid I don’t know what the piece is called) and took some old metal window screen and pushed it inside. It worked like a charm. I glued it in place with my handy-dandy gel and there it was – my new stud earring holder. I only have a couple of pairs of stud earrings that I actually wear, so I kept this holder pretty small and trim.
Even though I hit a slump when this tree was still unfinished, I finally managed to complete it and it fits nicely on my dresser with my other vintage and favorite items.
This tree is roughly twenty inches tall. I used a branch, fencing wire, some rusty something-or-another for the stand, an old belt, plumbing pieces, and old window screen for this piece. It’s always fun to look around and use what’s right at hand.
My wonderful antique bowler hat also got a bit of a makeover as you can see. 🙂
I hope you like this. Thanks for looking. 🙂