Two years ago, I spotted a gorgeous jeweled Christmas wreath in the Grandin Road catalog.
The wreath was covered in snowy white pinecones and embellished with vintage rhinestone jewelry and a red satin bow, and it was astronomically expensive.
But I saved the photo and recreated the look using keepsakes from my jewelry box and vintage jewelry I’ve collected from yard sales and antique stores.
I think my jeweled Christmas wreath is every bit as gorgeous as the inspiration. And it’s even more special because many of the jewels I used have sentimental meaning to me.
There are the shoe clips I wore in a wedding, a pin from my mom, a snowflake pendant from a friend and some vintage rhinestone earrings from my grandmother.
And a whole lot of bling I’ve
hoarded gathered over the years.
Now let me show you how I made it. I’m excited to be kicking off Christmas crafting and decorating season by joining some other bloggers in a wreath showcase. Be sure to check out their creations at the end of this post.
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Supplies to Make a Jeweled Christmas Wreath
- Mini Pine & Holly Wreath
- Mini Flocked Pine Cones (mine came from Michael’s)
- Mini Evergreen bundle (mine came from Michael’s)
- 2.25-inch wide red satin ribbon</li>
- Hot glue
- Glue gun
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Snowflake picks (mine came from At Home)
- Assorted rhinestone pins, buttons and earrings
How to Make a Jeweled Christmas Wreath
I started off by hot gluing some flocked miniature pine cones to the mini white wreath I bought at Michael’s. I added just a few to begin with, leaving room for the rhinestone jewelry and other embellishments.
Next, I used hot glue and floral wire to attach the evergreen branches and berries to give the wreath some color.
Whenever I make wreaths, I usually find it helpful to hang them so I can get the placement of the florals picks, bows and other embellishments just right.
So, I moved the wreath to a door to add the satin bow and the rhinestone jewelry (and to spread the glitter all around my craft room!)
To make the perfect bow for my wreath, I followed the instructions in this YouTube video. I hot glued the bow to the wreath, then added a rhinestone button to the center. Be careful about where you place the button, as you don’t want it weighing down your bow.
Because many of the vintage jewelry pieces I used in my wreath have sentimental value and I’d like to wear them again, I did not glue them to the wreath. Instead I either pinned, clipped or wired them, so they are removable.
Once I placed the jewelry, I added more pinecones, greenery and some snowflake floral picks to fill out the wreath.
In case you were interested, here’s a side-by-side comparison of my knockoff jeweled Christmas wreath with the Grandin Road original.
A pretty spot-on interpretation, for a lot less money!
Be sure to visit these other bloggers for more holiday wreath ideas.
This Is Our Bliss // Timeless Creations // PMQ for two
For more ideas on decorating and crafting with vintage jewelry, check out these posts:
And don’t miss my Christmas home tour for lots more vintage inspiration.