DIY Christmas Crafts: Vintage Jewelry Tree Cone Decoration

Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree

DIY Christmas Crafts: Vintage Jewelry Tree Cone Decoration


Have some vintage jewelry or old costume jewelry you never wear? Well, this is a great project for you! Since I collect vintage jewelry for my handmade upcycled jewelry business, BluKatDesign, I had a big collection of beautiful Christmas brooches from my mother-in-law, some not-so-nice or broken pieces and a few strands of pearls and beads that were not usable for my jewelry making but nice enough for this project. You can find great deals at estate sales and if you are lucky, eBay! For the cone tree form, you can use a styrofoam one but I found a heavy cardboard cone with green velvet for 50% off at Joann’s, which is cheaper and sturdier than the styrofoam!

Tools & Materials:

vintage and old brooches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces

strands of pearls and beads

loose beads and pearls


hot glue gun & glue

Christmas tree cone, this one is 16″, see pic below:



I arranged the brooches on the cone to see what it would look like first


I pinned the good brooches without using glue so they could be removed in the future if necessary and then used a hot glue gun for the rest. For filler, I made bead clusters using stands of vintage pearls (6 beads) and gluing them in a circle to scrap fabric and top with a bigger bead in the center and cutting them out when cooled:



I then used pins to fill any more spaces with beads and pearls.  This is how it turned out:





I really love how sparkly and elegant it looks. I think it would make a great centerpiece for a dinner table. This project was fairly simple but sometimes it was difficult pinning the brooches. It is so much easier to pin them to clothing than to this cone!  I cheated a couple times and tacked the stubborn ones with a bit of glue. I have seen these trees done with buttons too! The coolest thing about this project I did it BEFORE Christmas!

See more DIY Christmas crafts here: Button Crafts: DIY Christmas Wreath and Ornaments


Do you do Christmas crafts? What is your favorite thing to make? Like the idea of a vintage jewelry tree? Comments welcome!

DIY Upcycled Jewelry: Simple Cuff Bracelet from a Brooch

Simple DIY Cuff Bracelet

Simple DIY Cuff Bracelet

DIY Upcycled Jewelry: Simple Cuff Bracelet From a Brooch

DIY simple cuff bracelet made from a brooch. I love quick and easy projects! All you need is some wide elastic, mine is 1 1/4″, you can find it in all sorts of great colors now but I had  some black, and a brooch:


DIY bracelet cuff


Simply wrap the elastic firmly  around your wrist and overlap about 1″ and cut. ( it will stretch and the weight of the brooch will make it flop around more so you want it tighter than you think!)  You can hand sew it but I did a zig zag back and forth several times with my machine on both ends:


DIY jewelry project


Trim all of the threads,  I pinned my brooch over the seams so they didn’t show.  You may want to stitch the brooch down in a couple spots if necessary. For the clasp, I like to use a dab of rubber cement to hold it closed more securely, later you can somewhat easily remove the cement if you want to use the brooch again. I am not a bracelet person but this may be cute for a special occasion, it reminds me of Christmas! These would be great for proms too!


DIY brooch bracelet


DIY bracelets

Brooch Bracelet Cuffs


I love to make upcycled necklaces and earrings also, be sure to check out my Etsy store, BluKatDesign and see my latest upcycled vintage brooch necklace:


upcycled vintage brooch necklace

Upcycled vintage brooch necklace on Etsy


For more jewelry DIY’s follow my Pinterest board, DIY Jewelry Tutorials:

Or keep up to date with my latest upcycled jewlery creations:


Are you a fan of vintage upcycled jewelry?  Think this would be an easy and fun project? Comments welcomed!

2 Fun Upcycled Christmas Ornament DIY Projects

christmas ornaments

Upcycled ornaments made from jar lids


2 Fun Upcycled Christmas Ornament DIY Projects

Here are a couple easy and fun upcyling projects for Christmas. The first, upcycled ornaments are made with jar lids and photos with shimmery Christmas trim. The second, is super simple; just take some scrap fabric & wrap old glass or styrofoam bulb then tie a bow to make cute repurposed ornaments! Click on photos for more details!


fabric ornaments

repurposed fabric covered ornaments



See more DIY Christmas crafts: 5 DIY Christmas Crafts

For more Christmas ornament ideas follow my Pinterest board: Christmas Ornament


What do you upcycle or what crafts do you do at Christmas? Comments welcomed

5 DIY Christmas Crafts, Ornaments and Decorations

Five DIY Tutorials:  Christmas Ornaments, Decorations, Crafts

I love making Christmas ornaments and decorations but since I am a jeweler I rarely get to make them before Christmas. The following tutorials are super easy and quick enough for the busy holidays! Just click on the link or photo to take you to the tutorial.

1) DIY Wreath Ornaments  made from wired twine and little pine cones:

wreath ornamants

DIY Wreath ornaments



2)  Paper Straw Wreath  Simple wreath made from paper straws:

paper straw wreath

Simple paper straw wreath



3)  Recycled paper ornaments  made from old Christmas cards, sheet music and catalogs using a scalloped paper punch:

paper ornaments

Recycled paper ornaments



4) DIY Decoupage Ornaments  made from old sheet music and glitter:

sheet music ornaments

Sheet music ornaments


5) Gift wrapping  ideas, packing using recycled Christmas cars, papers using scallop punches:

gift wrapping ideas

paper punch “bows”


For more Christmas decorating ideas follow my Pinterest boards: Christmas Ornament , Vintage Christmas, Christmas Ideas, and

Gift Wrapping:





Fiber Art Jewelry – Wire Wrapped Fabric Earrings and Necklaces

fabric earrings

Fabric wire wrapped earrings

Fiber Art Jewelry

Wire Wrapped Fabric Earrings and Necklaces

Fiber art jewelry; earrings and necklaces made from fabric, ribbon then wire wrapped with glass beads. My newest line of upcycled jewelry made from my fabric and wire stash. I just love all of the colors and textures, these are so fun to make! The beads remind me of those expensive art glass beads but without the weight. Like little pieces of art, everything is one-of-a-kind and not mass produced. You can find my fabric art jewelry in my Etsy store. Click on the photos to take you to the items in my store:

purple fabric earrings

Purple fabric earrings

fabric earrings

Colorful earrings made from Guatemalan fabric scrap

fabric jewelry

Fabric and pearl necklace earring set

green fabric earrings

fiber art jewelry earrings

handmade earrings

Earrings made from fuzzy ribbon

fabric earrings

fabric tube earrings

To make these yourself,  see my tutorial : DIY wire wrapped fabric beads.  For more upcycled jewelry, follow my Pinterest board:  Upcycled Jewelry

Stay tuned for more colors and shapes! Would you wear fabric or fiber jewelry? Comments welcomed 🙂

Inside BluKatDesign Jewelry and Craft Studio

BluKatDesign studio

BluKatDesign Jewelry and Crafts Studio

Inside BluKatDesign Jewelry and Craft Studio

I love my large studio, I have been in this location for three years. Before that I was working out of a tiny room and before that my dining room!  I like how I can have several work stations for various crafts and jewelry so I don’t have to shuffle my things around to use a space….well at least most of the time….or maybe some of the time! It seems I could always use more space! My favorite things about my studio are the size, high ceilings and the light! As you walk inside you see my extra table usually loaded with buttons and other projects:

craft room

Craft room

handmade jewelry

Most of my jewelry is stored in boxes but I have some on display

jewelry studio

BluKatDesign jewelry and craft studio

photo studio

My jewelry photo studio


A spot for my laminator to make my bookmarks

sewing station

Sewing station with my new Baby Lock machine

craft cart

I wish I had a larger island with storage but this craft cart does the job for now!

craft closet

Messy closet! This is where I do my packaging!

craft closet

Wish I had a better work space in the closet!

crafting closet

Craft closet could use some more organization!

craft room

Buttons, jewelry storage, miniatures

bead storage



My main workspace; right now I am working on button pendants.

For more behind the scenes of BluKatDesgin follow my Pinterest boards: BluKatDesign Studio and for craft room ideas: Crafts room ideas

Here is a video of my workspace:

As you can see, I have a ton of space, just need a little more organization! Since I am short I can’t have high storage for items I use.


Any more organization tips for my jewelry studio and comments are welcomed below!

DIY Mannequin Head Sculpture

DIY mannequin head sculptures

DIY Crafts

DIY Crafts Mannequin Head Sculpture

Need to add a little shimmer and glam to your decor? Here is a fairly simple way to decorate mannequin heads. All you need is a styrofoam mannequin head, I get mine from Sally’s Beauty Supply for under $5. You will need some newspaper or tissue paper, decoupage glue, gold, silver, copper or any color leaf, adhesive size and a sealer. I use Mona Lisa  adhesive and size by Speedball found in larger craft stores. You will need a super soft natural brush to smooth out the leaf and another brush for painting on the size.

adhesive size

Mona Lisa Adhesive Size by Speedball

Step 1: To cover up the styrofoam texture and seams  I decoupaged tissue paper over the head, filling in any dents and seams and let dry over night then you can either sand smooth or just rub out any unwanted wrinkles with your fingernail. I left mine wrinkly for texture. I painted my head dark brown just in case any silver leaf didn’t stick ( I didn’t want white showing through)

mannequin head crafts

Craft ideas using mannequin heads

Step 2: Paint a thin coat of your adhesive size; I used a water based product and it was tacky within 10 minutes but yours may take up to 1/2 hour.

Step 3: Carefully and gently pick up a sheet of the leaf with the paper underneath and press the leaf  to the head using the paper not you fingers, rubbing lightly to get it to stick. Use the soft natural brush to rub off any excess.  You might want to do a google search for a you tube video if you have never done this before trying! Then you just repeat the process until the head is covered. If you miss any spots you can just take a little piece of leaf and press!

Step 4: Unless you are using 24K gold, you must use a sealer made for leafing or it will tarnish; I let the head dry overnight before sealing with the Mona Lisa Sealer by Speedball.

See my decoupage mannequin heads  tutorial to see how to make the head using a map and other fun papers!


Silver leaf mannequin head sculpture

DIY  Silver Leaf Mannequin Head Sculpture


Mannequin Head Sculptures

Mannequin Head Sculptures

Mannequin head sculptures DIY

DIY Decor

Follow my Pinterest board: DIY Ideas for more fun home decor ideas!

Do you like to decoupage? Do you have any sculpture art in your home? Comments welcomed:

Upcycled Jewelry: Making Something New Out of Vintage

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Necklace

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Necklace

Upcycled Jewelry:  Making Something New Out of Vintage

 Reuse, remake, repurpose old vintage jewelry into something new!

I  love to make upcycled jewelry that is one-of-a-kind, totally unique and is fashionable and fun to wear today! I like to collect interesting vintage jewelry, buttons and parts….sometimes they sit for a long time on my bench waiting for the right combination of parts to come together for a fabulous piece. The vintage flower necklace above, made from brooches and earrings, just came together easily one day  but others take time just finding the perfect pieces to fit just right. From elaborate necklace statements to a simple repurposed pendant or earrings, I love the challenge of taking something old and maybe even a little funky and making something new, stylish and easy to wear! Nothing I make is mass produced, I like making everything at least a slightly bit different each time so everything is unique.  I have a variety unique customers from  11 years old to 75 years who really appreciate the uniqueness and handmade work!

upcycled Jewelry

Repurposed Vintage Yellow Flower Statement Necklace

vintage jewelry

Vintage jewelry on my bench; what should I make with it?

upcycled pendant

Upcycled Vintage Necklace Pendant

collage pendant

Collage pendant made from a vintage earring and parts.

vintage flower earrings

Flower dangle earrings made from vintage 1960’s clip-ons!

upcycled jewlery

Edgy Vintage Flower Choker with gunmetal

Be sure to check out my etsy store for modern upcycled jewelry made from repurposed  bobby pins , buttons and repuposed glass drawer knobs!

On Pinterest, follow my  Vintage Inspired JewelryUpcycled Jewelry board or Button Jewelry boards  for more fun jewelry.

Do you like the Vintage Inspired look or a more modern look? Do you like the idea of upcycling? All comments are welcomed below. Thank-you for visiting:)

Repurposed Glass Knob Pendant Necklaces


upcycled jewelry

Repurposed Glass Knob Necklaces found in my Etsy shop

Repurposed Glass Knob Pendant Necklaces

I love to upcycle everyday items and make them into fabulous fun to wear jewelry! These long pendulum pendant necklaces with chain tassels are made from wood and glass drawer knobs! Each pendant is one-of-a-kind and unique.  No one just has one of these necklaces, they usually buy at least two!  Abby from the  Vintage Inspired Passionista Blog has a collection!


upcycled necklace

The VIP has a collection of  BluKatDesign  upcycled knob necklaces!

Glass knob necklace

Day of the Dead upcycled glass knob necklace


long upcycled glass knob necklace

Long upcycled fashion necklace


Be sure to follow my Upcycled Jewelry board on Pinterest for more repurposed necklaces and earrings!


Do you like upcycled jewelry or handmade? Comments welcomed: