Antique and vintage Christmas decorations are a sought after style accessory for the holidays. That same hunt has spilled over into Christmas crafts. Make a vintage jewelry Christmas tree to add to your own collection of antique decorations. Dig through your boxes of old family costume jewelry or scour local thrift stores and garage sales for an abundance of vintage necklaces, brooches, earrings and bracelets, with bead and rhinestone embellishments. This project is easy to make and is a fun activity for family quality time.
Things You'll Need
12-inch styrofoam cone
18-inch square green velvet
Hot glue gun
Lay a sheet of newspaper on your craft table. Place a 12-inch tall Styrofoam cone in the center of the newspaper on its side. Place the point of a pencil on the newspaper at the bottom edge of the cone. Roll the cone one full rotation, tracing along the bottom of the cone as you roll and adding a 1/2-inch to each end of the line. Repeat for the top of the cone. Attach the ends of the tracings from the top lines to the bottom lines. Cut out the pattern.
Pin the pattern to an 18-inch square of green velvet and cut out, adding a 1/2-inch to the top and bottom edges of the pattern. Stand the cone on the leftover velvet and use tailor's chalk to draw around it. Cut out the circle just inside the chalk line. This is the base of tree.
Apply craft glue to the surface of the cone's side using a paint brush. Lay the velvet tree shape on your craft table with the wrong side up. Center the cone on the velvet. Wrap the velvet around the cone. Apply a line of craft glue under the overlap to attach the seam.
Clip 1/2-inch wide slits around the bottom and top edges of the velvet cone, from the velvet edge to the cone edge. Apply craft glue to the wrong side of the velvet slits. Fold the velvet slits over the top point of the cone and the bottom base. Apply a bead of craft glue to the wrong side outer edges of the velvet circle. Place the velvet circle, glue side down, on the bottom of the Christmas tree base. Allow the glue to dry.
Cut off pin backs and earring clips from your vintage jewelry using wire cutters. Apply hot glue to the backs of the jewelry and arrange them all over the side of the cone shaped Christmas tree. Completely cover the surface using beads and small charms to fill the gaps. Glue a large bead or rhinestone brooch to the top of the tree to finish.