Got a drawer full of old jewelry you don’t use? Why not repurpose it into a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of Christmas art!
I’ll tell you everything you need to know to make this beautiful jeweled tree below, but first I’m beyond excited to announce that #MerryMag is here! It’s a holiday magazine put together by a group of talented bloggers just for you! It’s full of holiday inspiration and ideas that will help you make this season special. Because who doesn’t love a handmade touch? From food and drinks to table settings and decor, this magazine has something for everyone. These bloggers are all women who love to create, and I hope you’ll support this little project of ours and share Merry Magazine with all your friends!
I’m thrilled that Merry Mag features 2 of my projects. My Little Meringue Christmas Trees are a sweet touch for your holiday table. And this Jeweled Christmas Tree art is an easy DIY that can you can make yourself with a glue gun and some re-purposed jewelry and beads.
I’ve always wanted to make a Christmas tree out of vintage jewelry – something I could frame and use to add a festive touch to my wall. It was one of those ideas that was easier said than done, because I never did come across a cheap source of vintage brooches, despite keeping my eyes peeled at garage sales and thrift stores over the years. Obviously I really underestimated the value of pretty vintage pieces.
I finally decided to make this idea come to life, and when I saw a pretty necklace in the sale bin at Joe Fresh, I knew it was time to switch to Plan B. I bought 2 and cheerfully dismantled them with pliers. Lovely necklaces, but not really my style, so I was very happy to put them to another good use. And I had lots of leftovers from my beading days to help me fill in the gaps.
The only other supplies I needed for this project were an old framed piece of art, fabric backing, spray glue, and my trusty glue gun.
I wanted to use natural linen for the backing, but couldn’t find any at my local fabric shop since it was out of season. I did, however, find a hideous piece of gold and rust ultrasuede on sale. When I turned it over, I saw a beautiful neutral-coloured fabric with a linen-like texture on the back – perfect, and the entire piece only cost $2.50 to boot. And a bonus was that it was sturdy enough to hold all the jewels and beads I would be applying. Moral of the story? Look at the wrong side of your fabrics, too.
I needed a shadow box for this type of art, but couldn’t find one that was the right size for this project. An easy solution? I ended up finding an inexpensive framed print in the size I wanted, removed the art, and stapled my finished piece to the back of the frame itself, rather than laying it inside the frame against the glass. Voilà, instant shadow box.
I used the cardboard backing that came with the frame as a base for my jeweled tree art. I first applied the fabric to the cardboard using spray glue. I laid out the daisies from the necklaces to create a tree shape, and then played with beads to fill out the empty areas. I experimented with colours and layout until I thought it looked right, and then used my glue gun to attach everything to the fabric.
When the jeweled tree was complete, I just stapled the cardboard to the back of the frame, and my piece was done. One important note – make sure you wipe both the glass and your beaded art with glass cleaner before stapling it! You don’t want to notice dust or fingerprints once you’ve finished assembling your piece.
Here’s another way I styled it – a little more minimal, with just a few evergreen boughs as an accent.
I think this piece is unique and versatile, and not too “Christmas-y.” I like the idea of adding a holiday touch in an unexpected way. And I can think of quite a few places that would be brightened up by a jeweled tree, can’t you?
Here’s a collage with some of the projects from Merry. Make sure to visit the magazine – I know it will be one of your favourite reads of the season!
Special thanks to Melissa DiRenzo from The Sweet Escape who invited me over for a fun photo session, and styled and snapped the beautiful shots of the Christmas mantle.