Sparkle & Glam Christmas Tree

This project got it's start last Spring at an Estate Sale.  No one knew what they were, but I knew I could do something with them, especially that one that one with the arrow pointing to it.
To me, it said, 'Christmas Tree' and that's what it became.
  
Welcome back to the 'Do It Over' Designers blog hop. We are a group of bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY.  I'm happy to host this hop and I hope you'll visit everyone to see what they have to share with you.  Their links will be listed at the end of this post.

After some research, we came to the conclusion that I had purchased some wooden bobbins from an old textile mill.  You can guess the purpose of the giant staple (that was not coming out - no way, no how!)
Since I have quite a collection of vintage costume jewelry, I decided to go with a 'glam-look' for this makeover.  The first step was to give it a coat of silver spray paint.  I also included a few pieces of jewelry I was thinking of using that just weren't the right color. 
The 'diamond' necklace I found a few weeks ago was attached first.
I used E6000 to attach it since it was a heavy piece of jewelry.
I added some sparkles around the bottom edge using jewel embellishing glue.
You can also see the string of pearls that was added to the base.
From there I started adding pieces of jewelry that I had sorted from the collection.  
Single earrings and broken pins and bracelets...
...until I felt it had enough sparkle...
...like a Faberge' egg!  
This was one of the easiest makeovers I've done in a while!

As for the other bobbins, I have plans for them.  I just don't know when I'll get to them...stay tuned!

As I said earlier, this is a blog hop and my friends have some amazing ideas to share with you.  You don't want to miss a thing so all of their links are listed below.  Be sure to stop by for a visit!

Modern on Monticello

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Southern Sunflowers 

Unique Creations by Anita

My Hubbard Home

Interior Frugalista

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Exquisitely Unremarkable


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Comments

  1. Wow, that's quite the collection of costume jewellry you have; instant glam! Move over faberge eggs; this is amazing :)

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    1. Thank you, Sara. I have so much more to create/play with this winter!

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  2. This is so elegant - I am also working on a similar project today - a jeweled cone tree (a project I have put off for years! Thanks for hosting - - there are some fabulous projects in this hop!

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    1. I have a cone that I want to do too! I agree, this team is SO talented!

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  3. How pretty, Ann! I think you had too much fun creating this 'gem' of a Christmas tree! Looks gorgeous!

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    1. You are so right, Gail! And there's more to play with!

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  4. Well I love sparkle so this caught my attention right away! I also love vintage jewelry of any kind so it's a double win for me. Great upcycle, Ann and thanks for hosting! Happy Holidays my crafty friend. xo

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    1. Happy holidays to you too, Kim. Sparkle and shine, sometimes I think I'm part crow! lol

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  5. Oh I love this, Ann, such an elegant upcycle for the holidays! What a gorgeous collection of costume jewelry too. Thank you so much for hosting and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. As soon as I saw the bobbin I knew it was destined to be a tree. I'm so glad you've joined us, Marie. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Vintage jewelry is wonderful to work with. Its sparkle makes everything look elevated. I really like those bobbins, decorated and even plain :)
    Thanks for hosting another fun blog hop, Ann!
    Merry Christmas!
    RR

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    1. It really is fun and I loved picking out the pieces I wanted to use for this project. I have a few ideas for the others, I just need to find a few other things to make it happen.
      I'm so glad you're part of the team, Rachelle. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Oh wow this is just stunning. Great find and even better repurpose. I love that you added old jewellery.

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    1. Thank you, Anita. I knew I had to have them as soon as I laid eyes on them!

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  8. How beautiful! What a great idea, I love all the different embellishments!
    Jenna

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  9. Your tree looks very glam, indeed! Those textile bobbins were a unique find and you came up with a spectacular Christmas upcycle idea.

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    1. Thank you, Allyson. This was a little 'out of my box' but I had fun making it!

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  10. Ann. I love this sweet Tree!! What a great idea!! I have a bunch of paper mache cones left over from when I made and sold Victorian Tussie Mussies so I have been putting together several Tree ideas to make with them and this one will definitely be added to my list!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I look forward to seeing the ones you make!

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  11. The glam is beautiful on this tree. You find such interesting things at your thrift stores. I need to pay more attention to small things like this. Thanks for hosting this hop and sharing some inspiration again this month.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. I always look on the bottom shelves and the 'out of the way' places!

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  12. What a creative way to use vintage costume jewelry! So pretty! Donna

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  13. What a gorgeous upcycle! I love your ability to look at that and envision what it could be. I wish I was able to do that a little more. It turned out beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet compliment, Denise. I'm so glad to hear you're inspired!

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  14. Who would of thought a bobbin could turn into a beautiful and unique ornament. Love the added sparkle.

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    1. Thank you, Erlene. Now I'm making plans for the rest of them!

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  15. So much fun! Love the sparkle and what a fun way to display all the pretty costume jewelry we may have. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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  16. Thanks for sharing this post on the link party this week. #HomeMattersParty

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