Repurposing a Silver Candelabra into a Jewelry Tree

Repurposing a Silver Candelabra into a Jewelry Tree

I’ve upcycled a LOT of thrift store finds into jewelry storage and organization projects over the years. Probably because I have such an affinity for vintage costume jewelry – give me flashy rhinestones over diamonds any day of the week! And while most of my jewelry organizers have been “quirky”, none of them would be considered “elegant”. That is, until I found a silver candelabra at the thrift store and decided to repurpose it into a jewelry tree.

Silver candelabra from the thrift store with candelabra crystals for upcycling ideas

It had a hard-earned tarnish (or “patina”, as I prefer to call it) and even came with a few candelabra crystals still attached.

Table candelabra or silver candelabra for upcycling into a jewelry tree and earring display

Grimy and covered in neglect, it was in desperate need of some attention. And since the candelabra crystals reminded me of dangle earrings, I knew that upcycling the table candelabra into a jewelry tree would be easy and awesome.

Candelabra crystals hanging from a wax collar on a silver candelabra from the thrift store

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Repurposing a Silver Candelabra into a Jewelry Tree

With a little tinkering, I discovered that the silver candelabra could be broken down into a dozen or more pieces! This was a pleasant discovery as it made cleaning a snap…

But I was really glad I took snapshots of it put together so I could reassemble it again!

Parts and pieces of a silver candelabra from the thrift store that have been taken apart for cleaning

Since I didn’t need the candelabra crystals, I set them aside for future projects – such as these Christmas ornaments with tea infusers!

Chandelier crystals or candelabra crystals for upcycling ideas and repurposed projects

Here’s the best part of this upcycling idea – the absolute only thing I needed to do was slightly alter the bobèches, which are the wax collars that keep wax from dripping everywhere.

In other words, the thingamajiggies that displayed the chandelier crystals.

Wax collars from a table candelabra with holes for the candelabra crystals to hang from

All I did was use a metal punch or awl to add a matching hole to the existing holes. Now each wax collar could hold several pairs of earrings!

Using a metal punch on wax collars for upcycling a silver candelabra into a jewelry tree and earring display

And that was it! Once I had punched extra holes in each of the three wax collars, I reassembled the silver candelabra. Now I could start using it as a jewelry tree!

Jewelry Tree from a Silver Candelabra or Table Candelabra

First, I looped some necklaces around the arms and hung earrings from the wax collars.

Repurposing a table candelabra into a jewelry display or jewelry tree to sit on a dresser

Since I don’t actually have pierced ears, I borrowed some earrings from my good friend, Pink Dogwood Jewelry. Don’t those wax collars work perfectly as an earring display / earring tree, though?

Earring display on a silver candelabra by hanging earrings from wax collars with extra holes punched in them

Lastly, I stacked some bangles over the actual candlesticks, on top of the wax collars. You could place any type of bracelet here – such as clasp bracelets or even bulkier cuff bracelets.

Stacking the bangle bracelets on a jewelry tree that is made by upcycling a silver candelabra

And just like that, a silver candelabra had been completely transformed into a jewelry tree.

Necklace tree or jewelry tree by upcycling and repurposing a table candelabra from the thrift store

The best part is that this jewelry tree is wonderfully sold and stable – no wobbles or fear of tipping over!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for vintage silver (or silver plate, as the case usually is), then you’ll love this project using a silver bread basket!

Rustic decor and farmhouse bowl with wire baskets and burlap ribbon as a thrift store makeover

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  1. Denise at Knothead's Landing says

    Clever Girl, once again you’ve scored a perfect 10! Dayum, girl! Now, I just gotta find me a perfectly patinaed (is that a word, I think it’s a word)silver candelabra…..and some purty jewelry!

  2. Super practical and super pretty! Visiting from Vintage Charm party.

  3. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    This is really gorgeous! I love the way it looks like a piece of jewelry itself .

  4. That is a brilliant idea and really beautiful. How come I never find silver candelabras?

  5. pretty niffy (or is it “thrifty” hee hee) I’d say!! 😉

  6. Sarah, this is a beautiful repurpose!! Love the way the candelabra looks with all that snazzy jewelry!! What a creative way to hang the earrings!! Love this!!

  7. Great idea, Sarah! This is indeed an elegant jewelry holder and you can even lit some candles in your bedroom. 🙂

  8. Super idea! I love it and I just passed up a candelabra at the thrift store thinking I had no use for it. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  9. Sarah, Creative idea using a candelabra for a jewelry holder! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for sharing at SnickerdoodleSunday

  10. Genius!! This is such an elegant way to organize and display jewelry! Thanks for sharing it at Dishing It & Digging It!

  11. That is so cool and pretty. You are very creative. Love the bling. Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It.

  12. Clever idea! I could use some more storage and I have a candelabra!!!

  13. How awesome is this?! And it’s perfect for holding all sorts of jewelry. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. 🙂

  14. What a great project…love it…Sandi

  15. Such a fun and practical idea! I love that this is truly a display!! Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday!


  16. You always come up with the cutest ideas! Love how pretty this jewelry tree is. Looks so yummy!
    Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

  17. Sarah, you’ve combined my two loves, organizing and repurposing, into on gorgeous project. I will be on the lookout for a candelabra next time I’m thrifting. I’d love if you dropped by and shared some of your beautiful projects at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party on Organized 31.

  18. This is just such a cute idea! I can’t believe I have never thought of this! 🙂 Will certainly be using this idea in the future. Thanks! 🙂

  19. Very clever! The candelabra makes a great jewelry holder. I like that you added holes for earring. Nice job! I like the patina whether that says lazy or not.

  20. This is too cool! Now I want one!

  21. Awesome! I love that you can use the holes for the earings. This would look so much better on my dresser than my jewelry everywhere.

  22. Such a neat idea! Love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  23. Am blown away with your creativity… AGAIN. Featured in the new party tonight. Your pictures are gorgeous, too. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  24. Oh wow. This is such a clever idea. I even have an old candelabra lying around.

  25. Yesterday, I passed up the coolest candelabra at a thrift store and now I’m kicking myself! So cute! Very inventive.

  26. Love how crafty and creative you are! Thanks for linking this up at Welcome Home Wednesdays! See you again tomorrow!

  27. Hello! I am visiting from Roses of Inspiration and I just love this idea…very cool!

  28. This is the coolest thing! It’s fun and funky and looks like something that would be in a bohemian-style apartment. Very cool! – Jerusha,

  29. Great idea!! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week! Hugs, Jody

  30. What a great idea! Pinning. 🙂

  31. I definitely need one of these! Great idea!

  32. Such a great upcycle! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday.

  33. Brilliant idea. We have similar candelabras that only come out the cupboard when we have special guests. I think they’re going to be coming out the closet permanently now!!!

  34. Oh, my! I just sold a box full of old silver plate candlesticks and candelabras at my yard sale. They had belonged to my mother who was married in 1938 and were the “in” thing at the time. Darn! If I had your creativity, I would have thought of a repurpose for them. A couple guys from Chelsea bought the box 😥 They’ll probably do something cool with them!

    • I bet those boys will use them in a very cool and decorative way!!! Did you tell them the cool back story about them?

      • Yes! I’m a retired college student admin and spent my adult life talking (which I miss) so I engage everyone I meet, lol. The couple was fascinated and pleased with the background. I felt the items were going to a good home. As a senior citizen, I’m trying to learn to let go of lifetime collections which is difficult but necessary. I’m so pleased to see you younger people appreciating our old stuff and repurposing it! Very cool!!

  35. It turned out great! Love how chic it looks with the jewelry


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