My Father is one of five siblings so as you can imagine his side of the family is quite the crowd. When my Grandmother was still alive Christmas Day was spent at her beautiful old house in Beecroft and if there was on thing my Grandmother did well, it was Christmas – always a hot lunch – always traditional. I remember one of her many ornaments was a bejeweled Christmas tree and with my penchant for shiny, sparkly things, when I got older, I really wanted one for myself. It’s surprisingly easy to make as long as you have lots of jewels you no longer wear. Thankfully I also have a penchant for never throwing anything away and therefore had accumulated a lot of broken bits and bobs. This is an easy craft project and is a great way to up-cycle. It also makes for an interesting and personal centerpiece to your Christmas table.
What you’ll need
Terracotta pot plant saucer
Plaster of Paris
Piece of dowel
Coloured stone pebbles
Start by covering the entire cone in heavy duty, thick tin foil, leaving space at the base to make a small hole where you can insert the piece of dowel. Depending on how tall you want your tree will determine how long the dowel is but remember the tree will be quite top heavy and if it’s too tall it will fall over. Once the dowel is inserted it’s time to stand it up in the pot plant saucer. Following the instructions on the Plaster of Paris, mix it up and place it in the saucer before inserting the dowel and holding it in place as it dries. You may need to prop it up if it takes a while to dry completely. Once it’s all sturdy it’s time for the fun part – placing the jewels.
I’d recommend positioning the larger pieces first – you don’t want them all on one side of the tree – and then just working your way around, using the pins and craft glue (where needed) to secure. Using the pins is great as you can always move things around. Strings of pearl beads were used to fill in gaps and as sort of the tinsel I guess you could call it – draping it around the tree. There are also some painted sea shells and cheap looking plastic jewels thrown in as well. You want it to look full while being evenly spread all the way around. Also my Grandmother’s tree had jewels hanging down as well which I loved so I bought some additional pieces from Lincraft and Spotlight to finish it off. Other good places to find old jewels are op shops and garage sales and don’t forget to ask all your friends and family if they have any they want to get rid of!
The finishing touches are to add the pebbles to cover over the plaster in the base and I added a ribbon trim to the base for a little bit of sparkle.