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Gorgeous Vintage Jewelry Ornament

By: Debb Hines for FaveCrafts.com
Gorgeous Vintage Jewelry Ornament
Gorgeous Vintage Jewelry Ornament
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"My Mom has so much jewelry that after she passed on I took her pins, earrings, and anything else I thought would work and turned them into a Christmas ornament. After removing all the backs from the earrings and pins off the backs of her pins (leaving the pretty part) I wrapped a Styrofoam ball with ribbon. Then started hot gluing all the items onto the ball. I put a bow on the top and used either a bracelet or a necklace as the hanger. Now Mom is with us each Christmas."

This was a Top Ten Ornament in the Best Ornament Contest 2016! Check out the top ten winners here, and be sure to check out all of the amazing ornament tutorial entries.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsBeads, Recycled Materials, Styrofoam

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft

Easy

HolidayChristmas

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Jewelry
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue

Instructions

  1. Gather all the pieces of jewelry you want to use....earrings, pins, necklaces, etc.

  2. For clasp earrings, remove all the backs. For pins remove all the backs.

  3. Wrap a Styrofoam ball with ribbon holding at the top and bottom with a straight pin.

  4. Hot glue the jewelry pieces to the ball making sure you leave room at the top for a bow if you want. Cover the pin on the bottom holding the ribbon.

  5. Make and add a bow and hanger to the top with either a pin or glue. I used both to make sure it held. The hanger can be either a bracelet, a necklace or a piece of ribbon.

NotesI had enough jewelry from Mom that I make 15 tree ornaments! I used the same procedure to wrap 3 Styrofoam wreaths and decorated them too! They are all unique and beautiful and remind me of Mom every time I look at them. You can use them for tree ornaments but I hang mine on a peg on a shelf so I can be reminded of her whenever I look at it. It's a good way to keep someone special around after they are gone.

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this is a wonderful idea to use old costume jewellery - and there is so much available at thrift stores

These are beautiful! I hope to try this sometime soon. Thanks for sharing.

What a beautiful memory.

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