Vintage Jewelry 3-D Christmas Tree – Flashback

I love hunting for treasures at estate sales and garage sales. You can usually find supplies for repurposed projects at a minimum cost. Back in 2012, I had found a jewelry tree where the costume jewelry was glued to a velvet-covered board and framed. It looked sadly tacky but there were so many pieces of jewelry that I had to find some way to repurpose it.

A year later, I finally created a fun repurposed project. I made a 3-D, modern version of the costume jewelry Christmas tree. Jewelry Tree

Here is what the original jewelry tree looked like:Original tree

I started by removing all of the jewelry pieces from the original tree. I separated the pieces that were in silver tones, white or pearl colors to use on this project.

For the base, I used a 9 inch Smoothfoam cone and added a stainless steel scrubber that I loosely pulled over the cone shape. It didn’t cover it completely but the idea was to create a filler so that after I added the jewelry, the foam base would not be seen.


I attached the jewelry bits using a hot glue gun. I placed the larger jewelry at the bottom working upwards to the smallest pieces.




Update: I originally created this in 2013 and now, two years later, I just found someone was creating and selling similar trees at a local, very expensive, boutique store. They were asking several hundred dollars per tree. I like mine too much and would never sell it but it is fun to think of it being worth that much.

This is Linked to: Craft Dictator, Crafts a la Mode, DIY Crush, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Pieced Pastimes and Too Much Time

About Lynda Kanase

Former Sizzix Senior Product Designer and current Crafter, Maker, Stitcher, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

2 Responses

  1. Mary-The Boondocks Blog

    This is absoslutely gorgeous! And you can bet it would be worth that much money. Each piece is so unique and it makes for a spectacular whole. Happy Holidays to you!


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