Gum Drop Tree as Fashion Ring Holder

Gum Drop as Candy or 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.

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 d├ęcor.  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.