Last year, my step-father-in-law passed away a little more than a year after my mother-in-law. When a family member passes, one of the last things you want to do is sort through their belongs. It can be a painful reminder that a loved one is gone, but it’s something that has to be done. So after his passing, everyone banded together and cleaned out their home and boxed up their belongings.
After everything was sorted out, my husband brought home a bag of his mother’s costume jewelry. At first, I wasn’t sure what to do with it, so it sat in a little blue bag in our closet for months. Then it hit me…I’ll use the jewelry to make Christmas ornaments.
Well, Christmas got busy and I never got around to making ornaments and I’m so glad that I didn’t. Why? Because Christmas ornaments only get brought out once a year and a keepsake is displayed all year. Then, I started to think…since I’m hosting a Valentine’s Day Spring Craft Blog Hop, I should make a Heart Keepsake Jewelry Collage for our stairway gallery wall. Yes, I’m still working on this wall and hopefully will have it done soon.
- wood heart ornament
- jewelry (enough to cover the surface of your chosen ornament)
- wire cutters
- hot glue gun or E6000 (Update 4/25/2016 – If this will be in the sun, use E6000 as hot glue will soften)
- black paint (or your color choice)
- foam brush
- sticky contact squares or strong tape (optional)
- ribbon (optional)
- protective glasses (metal pieces may become airborne)
While the ornament is drying, cut the backings off the jewelry to create a flat surface to glue on the wood ornament.Start dry placing the jewelry on the edge of the ornament. Once you get a placement you like, start gluing down the jewelry. Continue dry placing and gluing until the ornament is covered. If you have spaces between the jewelry, use beads from a necklace or bracelet to fill in the spaces.
When the ornament is filled, use a bracelet or ribbon to create a hanger for the heart by pulling it through to the backside of the ornament. Use a glob of glue to secure the bracelet or ribbon to the back of the ornament. Place a sticky contact square or tape on the point of heart to help keep the heart in place.To display the heart, I used a ribbon ring that became the perfect “hook” to hang the heart on. To make the hook, I cut the shank of the ring in half and inserted it into a foam backed display case and hung the heart on it.
I’m loving how this heart keepsake jewelry collage came out! Now, my kids have a wonderful reminder of their grandmother and we have a new family heirloom.
What do you do with old jewelry?