Claire here – and is anyone else already feeling caught up in the bustle of balancing work and holiday fun, and fretting a bit over finding the perfect presents for family and friends? This fun DIY makes a wonderful (and inexpensive!) gift. If you remember two weeks ago I asked for your opinions on which jewelry tree I should make for Chanel (Chanel, now’s your cue to stop reading!) After pondering all your great comments and suggestions I decided to make a branch style jewelry tree with a twist. I’ve been wanting to experiment with cement for a while and thought it would make the perfect base for the tree. Add a touch of gold and voila! A delicate and unique hanger for Chanel to show off all her jewels. Want to make your own? Follow the instructions below!

  • lichen branches (I got mine from a local flower company)
  • white spray paint
  • gold spray paint
  • scissors
  • bucket
  • stick for stirring
  • measuring cup
  • Rapid Set Cement
  • container for mold
  • blue painters tape
  • PAM spray
  • gorilla glue/hot glue gun
  1. Spray branches and allow to dry.
  2. Once dry, arrange and trim however you desire.
  3. Set aside and spray the inside of your mold container with PAM.
  4. Follow instructions on the Rapid Cement to mix using bucket, stir stick, and measuring cup.
  5. Pour into container and set branches into cement.
  6. Hold branches in place until concrete is set.
  7. Once the concrete is set (i recommend waiting longer than the instructions say), carefully slide the cement form out of the mold.
  8. Using blue painters tape, tape off a pattern on the lower part of your base. Spray and wait to dry.
  9. If you want to reinforce or reposition any of the branches use a little bit of gorilla glue or hot glue to set as desired.

*photos by Claire Zinnecker for

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  1. 1
    Kate November 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I love this, Claire! Clever to get the branch at the florist’s. I wondered what you were going to do.

    • clairezinnecker November 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

      thank you so much!

  2. 2
    betty November 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Great jewelry tree Claire.

    • clairezinnecker November 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Grandma! Love you.

  3. 3
    [email protected] November 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Love this idea! Maybe I can make one for Ellie for Christmas 🙂

    • clairezinnecker November 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

      You should! You’d be great at it.

  4. 4
    Tyler Anne Snell November 30, 2012 at 2:01 am


    • clairezinnecker November 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Thank you! Glad you like it.

  5. 5
    Babette December 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Oh yeah! So instead of digging through my drawers to get a flash of what I have it’s right there in front of me!!! Great idea Claire!

    • clairezinnecker December 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      No more tangled necklaces!

  6. 6
    Annabelle December 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Love the combination of white and gold; instant elegance!

    • clairezinnecker December 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you! Yes, definitely my personal favorite color combination 🙂