Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bejeweled Christmas Tree

This jeweled Christmas Tree just might be my new favorite Christmas decoration. First, it is something that I have been working on for a while and it is full of precious memories! I don't remember exactly what inspired me to create this tree but I know that it will be treasured for many years to come.
First, I collected "jewels" for the tree over a period of time including:
Earrings without a match
Earrings that I know longer wear but have special meaning - i.e. a pair of earrings given to me by a college friend (and I haven't lost them in 30 years!!) that are just no longer my style
Stick pins - remember those? - they were "in" when I graduated from high school and my Mom found several of them that had been given to me for graduation
Shoe clips without a mate
Angel pins that were given to me when I was going through my cancer treatment
Charms and pins from Alpha Gam conventions
"Earbobs" that belonged to my Mom
A few antique pins and earrings that I don't wear
Shoe charms from Crocks that Elle no longer wears
St. Christopher charm - from high school
Christmas pins
ID bracelet from childhood
Monogrammed jewelry with my old monogram (before I was married)
And more!
First, I chose a Styrofoam cone (you could use any size) and covered it with green satin, using spray glue. Then I cut a tulle skirt and attached with colorful pins. The tree is mounted with hot glue onto an old brass candlestick I found at the thrift store. Some items are glued on and some are pinned on, leaving some space to add more in the future.
I loved doing this project and glad to have it completed, at least, for now! Each time I look at it, I am reminded of something or someone special!

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