DecorBook Classic : Holiday Works of Art


This article was originally published on 12/10/2016. Here's a special update.

Take one look at this little tree and I bet you're thinking just what I did. "Hey, I could do that." Seems we all have ready "stock" just laying around our rooms for assorted projects. Why not open those costume jewelry boxes, spray paint some existing decorations white or a metallic color and assemble into a new piece? Turns out, creating these works of art aren't for the faint of heart.

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Don't you love these framed trees, all made with pieces of old jewelry? How better to appreciate Aunt Ethel's rhinestone and Mom's old Christmas tree brooches?

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An ornament is a wonderful way to celebrate a family member's jewels.

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Consider other shapes. This large angel was sold on eBay, asking price $499.

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This vintage French 27" cone was on eBay for $595. Stunning. A hot glue gun and your old costume jewelry is all you need. At least that is what I thought!

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This wreath takes my breath away. Imagine consolidating bits and pieces around your house to create one fantastic piece to enjoy.

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Here's to creating your own work of art. By the way, this is a great time of year to donate to charity stores. Just let them know that your donation is Christmas decorations so they can get it on the floor right away.

Update : One person who was inspired my the original article was my friend, Kimberly in Hayward, CA. Here are some of her truly magical trees, all designed with pieces of costume jewelry. She actually adds multiple layers of jewelry to create depth. Each tree has taken many, many hours as you can imagine. I'm sure you'll agree they are works of art. And that photo at the top of this article? Last year, I received a mysterious box. When I opened it, I couldn't believe Kimberly had sent me one of her trees! I'm so thrilled to have my own to treasure. Hope you are inspired to work a little holiday magic.

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