Gum Drop Tree as Fashion Ring Holder

When I was a child, one of my grandmothers always put up a gum drop tree (comes in clear acrylic or chrome-plate) at Christmas.  It went up on Christmas Eve and came down on New Years or whenever she ran out of candy to continually refill it.  I had not seen one of these in years so when I spotted some on a clearance display, I had to buy one for me and another for my mother.  I put it up the following Christmas, but since my family is not big on spice-flavored candy or eating lots of sugar, it was still pretty full after the holidays past.  So I began to look for alternate ways to use this plastic tree.

Gum Drop as Candy or Ring Holder
Could I stab poor little gummy bears in the back to make them fit?  The kids do eat those. Would it be possible to hang chocolate on it somehow?  After all, I will eat that!  I settled for using the tree to display miniature ornaments, which meant of course I had to buy some during after-Christmas clearance.  That was until this year, when I created my Christmas Tree Bling video and text posts for this blog. 

When I got the tree out this time, I thought “this might make a great ring holder” for fashion rings.  As you may know most table-top ring holders only hold 5-6 rings and ring boxes typically hide the rings so you have to dig for the ones you want to wear.  Anyway, I decided to give it a try to see how many rings it might hold.  I got about 40 costume jewelry rings on the tree branches.  I could have fit many more if I put more than one on a branch.  I also found that the little tray the tree stands in could be used for open-ended rings like toe rings or earrings. (If you have a lot of earrings, then you might want to invest in an earring tree or stand instead.) It was actually quite cute for just rings and would go with any décor.  However, for those who do not have a lot of rings, you could hang light-weight necklaces near the top and/or bracelets in the middle as well.


Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

What a fun idea! My daughter would like that for all of her hair accessories. Thanks!

Shirley Fine Lee (aka Meeting Wizard) said...

You are right - it could be a great idea for hair items too! Thanks for sharing that idea.