Friday, December 23, 2011

A Touch of Sparkle

One more day!  Are you finished with your shopping, wrapping, cleaning, cooking, decorating?   My shopping is finally finished, but wrapping is still in progress. Cleaning is on hold until next week because we're not hosting Christmas this year, and I'm still cooking up a few side dishes to share.  Decorating was the first thing I finished this year because I only put out about half of what I normally do. 

I thought I'd share a couple of jeweled Christmas decorations I made several years ago.  The tree is just a Styrofoam base that I wrapped in silver ribbon.  I used silver spray paint on my first pathetic attempt and then watched it disintegrate right before my eyes.   Oh well, the silver ribbon looks much better.  I attached bits and pieces of vintage jewelry, then filled in with loose stones and colored push pins.

This tree is usually one element of a much larger centerpiece on our Christmas dining room table.  Since I'm not hosting Christmas dinner this year, I found a new spot on a small end table to display my vintage jewelry tree.  The cloche is a recent purchase and the antique mirrored tray came from an estate sale several years ago.    

For my wreath, I wrapped the Styrofoam base in gold ribbon and used hot glue to attach the green, gold, and white jewels.  In this picture the wreath is hung on an old cast iron mirror stand.  

I took a picture of it in two different locations and finally settled on this one....
It's a perfect fit right in the center of this chippy old arched window.

I could easily become addicted to making these if I didn't use all my stray jewelry pieces for other projects.  Now I save up what I don't use in my repurposed jewelry creations and pass them on to my mom.  She's now the jeweled tree and wreath queen.  

Wishing you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.  


  1. I just bought one of those glass domes~what a cool way to use it!!!! love your blog and ideas!!!

  2. Betsy; beautiful creations as usual--you just have that touch to all your prettiness in your home! Love it! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Betsy these are gorgeous! I would love to make one of these. Guess I better start collecting vintage jewelry! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. hugs, Linda

  4. Ah! Wrapping in ribbon first: great tip! They are glorious and rich and I love them. Happy, happy Christmas, my dear B - have a wonderful time w/family and friends!

  5. Very creative. I love the domed tree.

  6. Both very pretty - really like the wreath. The tree is perfect under the cloche. I sprayed some acrylic protective coating on styrofoam one time and watched it melt before my eyes. :(
    If it is not done by now - it won't get done. Out and about this afternoon - what would normally take about 30 mins, took about 2 hours.
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  7. Absolutely beautiful, Betsy!!!!

    I went to the Antiquarium today, window shopped only :)

    I hope you have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!


  8. More gorgeous creations!! I love your style and always enjoy visiting. Have a wonderful holiday!!

  9. Wow, Betsy -- that really inspires me! I may have to make some of these one day...soon! What is it this year? Seems like everyone I know is a little too something (tired?) to decorate as much as usual! Merry Christmas to you!

  10. I love both of these! I think I will be starting a collection of jewelry in the future slated just for such a creation.

    Merry Christmas!

  11. The tree and the wreath are both beautiful, Betsy!

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!


  12. What beautiful creations Betsy!
    I have a lot of vintage jewelry, but I don't know if I have enough of any one color to create a gorgeous wreath like that one. Your mom is so lucky to get your discards, I'm sure she has tons of fun with them.
    Oh, and that mirrored tray, 2 die 4!

    Have a very blessed CHRISTmas Miss Betsy! I pray that you and your family will have the best life has to offer in 2012.

    Warm hug,

  13. Love what you've done with those vintage pieces. I think that may have to be a project for next Christmas. Great excuse for more junk in'!
    Wishing you and your family a Wonderful Christmas!

  14. Love all your creations, Betsy...they just come together in such a charming way! You have such a great style and eye for color! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  15. Hello Betsy! I know this is late but still I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2012. May the next year unleash more talent and creativity in you. I look forward in seeing more of your wonderful repurposed and upcycled projects.


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