Have you ever wondered what to do with old costume jewelry? Or seen vintage jewelry at an estate sale or antique store and wished you had an occasion to make good use of it? Sarah Ives, Designer at Upscale Downhome has designed a welcoming wreath using interesting and unique pieces of antique jewelry. She shared this easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make a beautiful vintage jewelry wreath.
How to Make a Vintage Jewelry Wreath
1. Begin with a wreath form.
I used straw but styrofoam would also work well.
2.Cover the wreath form with burlap strips approximately 2 inches wide x 36 inches long.
Don’t worry if the strips aren’t exactly straight you will be overlapping the strips and it will be unnoticeable in the finished product. I used about 5 strips.
When you’ve completely covered the wreath glue down the tail end. I found that super glue worked best for this.
3. Visually break up the wreath into thirds.
I used strips of ribbon. You will be adhering jewelry to one third of the wreath.
4. Remove the backs of vintage earrings and brooches using a needle nose pliers.
5. Glue vintage jewelry to burlap covered wreath form.
I used mostly single pieces in purple, gold and silver. I did use a few matching pairs of earrings and placed them at the ends to create symmetry. Try to vary the sizes of the jewelry for more interest. I found that the craft glue E6000 and super glue both worked well for this step.
Hint: It’s relatively simple to find vintage jewelry at thrift stores and garage sales. It will take you several weeks time to collect enough for this project. Buying vintage jewelry online on Ebay or Etsy can get you what you need much faster. When searching online use the search term “vintage jewelry lot”.
The monogram ribbon gives this wreath that something extra special.
How to design your own monogram ribbon:
1, Cut fabric 3.5 inches wide x 36 inches long.
I used velvet but a heavy cotton twill or wool would also work well. 36 inches is extra long but making the ribbon this length allows you to cut off what you don’t need and use the best part of your sewing for the monogram.
2. Hem one side of the ribbon by folding and pinning over the edge about 1/4 inch. To make sure the ribbon is equal width, use a ruler and fold and pin the opposite side about 1/4 inch.
3. Add monogram to velvet ribbon.
I took my ribbon to my local embroidery shop and had them make the “I” on their embroidery machine. It cost me $5. There are tons of designs available so you can definitely make it your own. Some sewing machines have this feature or you could stitch it by hand if you are really skilled.