Of course, absolutely mesmerized, I tried to buy the lovely, gracious woman’s costume jewelry Christmas tree, or the cross, right off the wall. She really seemed to consider my offer, possibly because she had never seen anyone go so crazy over something she’d made. In the end, though, she wouldn’t sell them. Fast forward 10 years, and of course I’ve been collecting lots of broken jewelry and have enough to do my own. Next year: I’m inviting a friend over for tree-making!
I was reminded of all this when several readers uploaded photos of their vintage costume jewelry Christmas trees in our weekend uploader — 375+ photos!!
Above: Naomi’s costume jewelry Christmas tree. She wrote:
“My fiance’s mother made this for him years ago… There are even lights on it!”
This is one of my most treasured pieces. It was made by a dear family friend using old costume jewelry from her aunt’s estate. Look closely and you will find old brooches, earrings, and charms that individually aren’t worth much but set together like this becomes an heirloom.
Here are two that I just saw in a retirement home lobby that a woman that lives there made ! Stunning in person !
Found mine at a flea market for $1. It’s one of my favorite decorations!
I adore these. Anybody who knows me knows aqua is my color so I’m so happy to have found this at a yard sale.
My grandmother used to make these and she’s no longer with us. So now I cherish mine even more.
I made one out of vintage family jewelry my mom gave me!
Above: Added by a mystery reader in a follow-up uploader. She/he said:
I saw the story about these, and I love the one I found a few years ago, so I thought I’d add to the collection – a little out of focus…
Above: Featured to our Facebook page and used here with permission. Mary says:
My mother-in-law made one for us utilizing my husbands grandmothers old costume jewelry. I think it’s wonderful! I wish I had one from my grandmother jewelry as well!
My Mom made this one. I will cherish it forever.
Above, reader Nancy Long said:
Close-up of the jewelry picture. The jewelry picture has tiny Christmas lights I found this at an antique mall about 10 years ago. I see something new every year.
Look closely and you will see little white doves and snow flakes on the silver tree.