Friday, November 8, 2013

Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree in 3-D

I love a creative challenge so what could be more fun than a Christmas themed Challenge using Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest and a Smoothfoam Cone!

The idea for a 3-D version of a vintage jewelry Christmas tree came from one of those vintage framed jewelry Christmas trees that I found at an estate sale. The jewelry was interesting but the shape of the tree just wasn't pleasing so I decided to disassemble the pieces and make my own modern version of this classic kitschy tree.

I began with a 9" Smoothfoam cone and added a stainless steel scrubber that I loosely pulled over the cone shape. It didn't cover it completely but the idea was to create a filler so that later, the styrofoam would not be seen between the jewelry pieces.
Then came the fun part of sorting and selecting the vintage jewelry. I chose only silver tone, white or pearl jewelry, avoiding colored stones and most gold tone metals {I had to keep the crowns seen below}. I used hot glue and began at the bottom with the largest pieces of jewelry.
If you check out the original framed jewelry tree you will see this dog and the crown as they originally appeared.
You can see how the stainless steel scrubber works as a filler.
Because I didn't use any colored jewelry on this tree, the shiny red Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest add just the right amount of accent color throughout the tree.
I only used the red Dew Drops which really adds such a nice pop of color.

This is linked to:
30 Handmade Days504 Main, Cherished Handmade TreasuresCraft-o-ManiacGingersnap Crafts, JAQS StudioJust Us Four, Kammy's Korner, Kathe With an E, Knick of Time Interiors, Ladybug Blessings, Mad in CraftsNot Just a Housewife, Our Delightful HomeSew Can Do, Sew Much AdoSimply DesigningSugar Bee CraftsTatertots and Jello and The DIY Dreamer


  1. Great idea to use all that cool, old jewelry lying around!

  2. It's perfect! What a great project with a modern twist! I LOVE the dog pin!
    Erica :)

  3. What a wonderfully original idea! Great use of old "Bling" ;-) visiting thru Tickled Pink x2 party.

  4. Lovin' it - BIG TIME!!!!
    What kind of adhesive did you use? Hot glue?

    1. So glad that you love this! I should have mentioned this in my post. Yes, I used hot glue. Thank you for asking.

  5. This is simply amazing and I WANT one! So happy to find you today over at Tickled Pink. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial. I'll be keeping my eyes open for vintage jewelry!

  6. very cute and anything with old vintage jewelry on it is fabulous

  7. Hi Lynda, Very cute and pretty, love vintage brooches and this is a great way to use them. hugs, Lynnie

  8. I have so much of my deceased mother's jewelry and want to look at it to remember her.What a great for an all year long decoration with a special meaning, I will be starting on this now, thanks for the idea!!!!

  9. I'm going to do this with my mother's old jewelry that I have and some of mine. I like how you covered the cone first. I guess you hot glued it a bit too.


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