Sunday, September 18, 2011

"T" is for Tree

A wooden display tree for key fobs.

diy wood tree using dowels

I whipped together this little tree from scrap wood pieces.

wood dowel tree for key fobs

   I needed a solution to display key fobs for a few upcoming shows.

diy wood dowel tree with key fobs

Most importantly the newest Halloween fobs:

diy Halloween key fobs

wood dowel tree for key fobs

Here's how I made the wooden tree:

1. Cut wood pieces and sand smooth:

1 - 3/4" plywood @ 6" x 6"
1 - 2x2 furring @ 13"l
10 - 5/16" dowel @ 5 1/2"l

wood dowel tree how to

2. Predrill screw hole at center of square piece using a countersink bit.
And pre drill screw hole at center of 2x2.

wood dowel tree how to

3. Screw base into 2x2 using 2 1/2" wood screw from bottom and wood glue.
Drill holes for 'limbs' using 5/16" bit, hole is 4" from base and goes straight all the way through the 2x2.

wood dowel tree how to

4. Apply wood glue and insert dowels into hole, hammer in to secure and give a slight upwards tilt.
Drill next hole slightly above first limbs going through 2x2 on the opposite sides.

how to make a wood dowel tree

5. Insert limbs and repeat process until you reach the top.
The limbs are tilted upwards to keep items from sliding off.

diy wood tree using dowels

diy wood tree with limbs

6. Fill up limbs with key fobs:

diy key fob display

These limbs are about 5" long and hold 6 fobs each.

diy key fob display

Much better than laying the fobs on the table.

diy Halloween fabric key fobs

You can bet I'll find another use for this tree when it's not filled with fobs.

diy key fob display

Got any ideas?

I'm linking up to:

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Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
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Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
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Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
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  1. I made a little tree just like that when I took wood class in high school - my mother has always used it for her mugs in the kitchen!
    Cute key fobs!

  2. Jewelry! I think you could even put spools of ribbon on it.
    Very cool, Jaime! The key fobs are really cute, too.

  3. You never cease to amaze me! What a great display...High 5, Girly!

  4. Love the display- I am in awe of people who can work so well with wood! I love the key fobs as well, one of my favorite projects for sure!

  5. This is great even for jewelry! Come see a Glitter Fairy Room and Boudicce!

  6. That is such a great idea! I love your fobs too! I am always looking for new ways to display things.

  7. Love this! so veratile! thanks for sharing!
    Fancy Frugal Life

  8. You did a great job with the display! I think the key fob are fantastic too. Honestly, I have all the supplies to make some of those ridiculously ccute little things and have not had the time. I think you are motivating me! Would love for you to come link up with the frog, party just started today.
    Hope to see you there.

  9. I bet you could find something pretty to hang from those "branches" for every holiday. Nice professional look for your shows.

  10. Cute tree and key will do well at the craft show. It looks very nice.

    Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

    Remember...YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @
    RoCa and Company

  11. What a wonderful display for your fobs! I could use this for ribbon storage!

  12. Those key fobs are adorable and the tree shows them off perfectly!

  13. great post! thanks for linking up! we featured you this weekend!!

  14. I am making one right now to hold bracelets! Thanks for the great idea.

  15. I would love one of those made for my craft show business. Do you make these and sell them or just show how to make them? Could u email me at