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Jewel Trees

Today I want to share one of my favorite Christmas decorations, our jewel tree. My Mom made 3 Jewel Trees out of the costume jewelry that belonged to my Grandmothers. They are so beautiful and so fun to put up each Christmas. I seriously love to sit and look at all of the pieces and discover new ones all the time. It is such a great way to display keepsake jewelry rather than have it hiding in a box somewhere.

Here is the one made from my Grandma Gloria’s jewelry:


And this one was made from my Grandma Irene’s jewelry:

While in CA this last trip I was looking through my Moms jewelry box, Its something I like to do every time I go home. It makes me feel close to her even though she is no longer here. As I was looking at all of the cool pieces I decided I want to make a jewel tree from all of her jewelry too.

I am so excited and so nervous at the same time! I have other special pieces from my Grandma Irene that I am going to add into it and also quite few things from my Great Grandmother Lulu that I want to put into her tree too. I found a frame in her garage and today I bought the velvet and the rhinestone chains for the border. I also sorted through all of jewelry and got it all ready. Now all I have left to do is buy the thin plywood that it gets mounted on and put it all together.

Stay tuned for a full tutorial on how to create one and to see how mine turns out!
Wish me luck!


Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!
  • Brenda

    >I absolutely adore this idea!! I have some jewelery belonging to both my grandmother and my mom (plus my stuff from the 90's) and would really like to make one of these this year. I'll be anxiously waiting for your tutorial!

  • mousee23

    >My Grandpa Pappy did this for my gramma also.Thanks for sharing these

  • Misty

    >So pretty and sentimental!

  • Marci Wittwer Butterfield

    >I love these!! Such an amazing idea.

  • Tiffany Leigh

    >This post made me giggle with excitement! I have a tree my great grandmother made and it is my favorite thing that gets put up every year!

  • Kim@todayismysome-day

    >I'm so glad I came across this. My "nana" and I were working on one of these trees together over the summer of my 5th grade year. We didn't finish, and it never got completed before she died. Now at least I can see what she had in mind. They are beautiful.


  • Cottage and Broome

    >I always love those jewelry tree, they are so over the top and blingy. At an at antique show last summer they had one for sale, I'm regretting not buying it! Laura

  • Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne

    >These are stunning! I can't wait to see yours. I noticed lights on these. Do they plug in and light up? I just came over from Whipperberry and am a new follower. 🙂

  • Lindsey Johnson

    >My grandma had one on her wall when I was a little kid. This brings back a lot of memories. I inherited my other grandmother's jewelry. Maybe I'll have to make me one of these. 🙂

    (I'm over here from Whipperberry. I would love for you to submit this to Make and Takes, if you had a second. http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight)

  • Kim @ Too Much Time

    >This is fun, bright, and just amazing:)Thank you so much for linking up your lovely projects at Get Schooled Saturday. We will be open for business again Friday night-Sunday night!
    Kim @ Too Much Time

  • What a fantastic idea! I have jewellry boxes of my Grandmother, Great Aunties and my Mum which are screaming to be made into something like this! So beautiful, so lovely, I am so teary just imaging what I can do! Thanks!