Jewelry Christmas Tree

It’s no secret that I have O.C.D. ~ Obsessive Christmas Disorder.

I think about Christmas all the time.  I can’t look at an everyday item without thinking, “How can I turn that into a Christmas decoration?”

That’s what happened when I posted the Walmart Gem Haul.  I saw those pieces of gaudy earrings & I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.  Those earrings became this:

Jewelry Christmas Tree

The first thing that I did was work on the frame.  I always work on the frame first when I’m using any thing that has dimension.   I’d had this old frame for years.  It needed a fresh coat of paint, but it was in good shape.  I gave it a fresh coat of silver paint.  It was a very plain frame, and I wanted to ‘jazz’ it up a bit.  I’d found these 3D stickers at the Dollar Tree & thought they’d work.  I cut out the section that I wanted to use, stuck them on the corners and painted them silver.

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Jewelry Christmas Tree

Then I added a coat of silver glitter paint to the entire frame, just to liven it up a bit more.

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Next, I worked on the backing of the frame.  The supplies that I used were:  A plate, paint brush, Mod Podge & some black velour.

Jewelry Christmas Tree

I coated the cardboard backing with an even, heavy coat of Mod Podge.  Then I put the velour on the Mod Podge & smoothed it out.  Once it was smooth I cut the excess velour away & then inserted it back into the frame, then signed & dated it.

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Now for the fun part.  I gathered the earrings from the haul, different sized gem stones, mirror buttons, pearls & some shiny buttons from my collection.  I clipped off the posts from the earrings so they would lay flat on the velour backing.

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I had so much fun selecting the earrings & other items that I would use for the Jewelry Christmas Tree.  Once I finally figured out where I wanted each item, I used hot glue to glue them to the velour.

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I keep a mirror in my craft room, not for vanity, but to give another perspective.  It’s a trick I learned when I was a floral designer.  When you look at your creation in a mirror, it will show you where the bare spots are that you might not have seen with the naked eye.

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Almost done.  Still have some spots at the top that needed filled in.

Jewelry Christmas Tree

And it’s finished!

Jewelry Christmas Tree

Jewelry Christmas Tree

I like the way this turned out so much that I think I might have to make some more.  Maybe an Easter Basket or a Cross?

I hope you enjoyed this Jewelry Christmas Tree.

Happy Creating everyone!