Make unique costume jewelry Christmas tags

on November 20 | in Crafts, Decor, DIY, Gift Ideas, Home, Interior Decorating, Tutorials, Uncategorized | by | with 18 Comments

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My mom was my best friend. She was the kind of gal that always wore a big warm smile when you entered her space, as if she was the sunshine herself. The reward of a big bear hug to follow was always a given.

After my Mom’s passing, the inevitable transpired. Dividing up her belongings between us 5 siblings was a bittersweet experience. So many memories flooded back while wrapping up the purple thistle teacups we used on Christmas day. Or what to keep out of the mountain of every single handmade card us kids had ever gifted her. Absolutely every fork and spoon claimed a special memory that was incredibly precious to us.

As we continued to make our choices and pack things up, my eyes locked onto her jewelry box. That very instant, I knew it was mine.

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Mom’s jewelry box wasn’t anything fancy. It was just a box in weathered cream,  covered with tiny sprinkles of gold snowflakes and a tarnished lock. Upon opening the box, all sorts of heartwarming flashbacks came swirling back in full living color. But what was inside may not be what you think.

The jewelry box didn’t hold precious golds and silvers, but rather, her favorite costume jewelry.

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The large poodle pendant with the green jeweled eyes may have been tacky to some, but because I gave it to her, it was perfect. Everything that jewelry box held was like finding a treasure of memories at the end of a rainbow.

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There were just so many things, that when our first Christmas without her rolled around, a brainstorm occurred to me. Why not create Christmas tags with meaning out of the jewelry to share with each family member?

I had a purpose for making these tags, however, why not create beautiful and unusual gift tags from a big bag of costume jewelry found at the thrift store? How incredibly unique!

Making costume jewelry Christmas tags

Make unique costume jewelry Christmas tags - Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK

1.  Think in terms of layers. Gather up pieces of material, music sheets, plain paper, ribbon, anything you wish, leaving the plain paper for the main label.

Make unique costume jewelry Christmas tags - Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK

2. Collect suitable jewelry pieces.

Make unique costume jewelry Christmas tags - Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK

3. Layer each tag to coordinate as desired. Trim paper with fancy scissors, or tear for a frayed effect.

4. Clip together with a clothespin, add the jewelry,  and attach it to a gift.

Make unique costume jewelry Christmas tags - Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK

Creating unique costume jewelry Christmas tags, by Funky Junk Interiors, featured on FOLK

You can create tags that match personalities, hobbies or favorite colours. Let your imagination run wild!

Make unique costume jewelry Christmas tags - Funky Junk Interiors featured on FOLK

While costume jewelry has very little value to most, creating unique ways to present it to others can be absolutely priceless!


Do you have an outdated stash of costume jewelry waiting to be loved again?

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18 Responses to Make unique costume jewelry Christmas tags

  1. Donna- what a fantastic idea – and what a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing such a personal and lovely story.
    Merry Christmas to you!

  2. Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

    Donna – your mom sounds like an amazing woman.

    I actually still have my 80′s costume jewelry – and my mom-in-law gave me a shoe box filled with vintage 50′s goodness!

    Bring it out of the drawer and make use of it – perfect!

  3. What a sweet story. So glad that you are using her things in such a beautiful way.

  4. Donna the extent of your creativity is mind blowing! What a precious way to remember your Mom! By the way I adore the poodle pendant with the green eyes, I have a sneaking suspicion it was her favorite piece. ;) Gifts from our children are always more precious than costly gems and gold. :) Thank you for sharing with us.


  5. Erin Kaven says:

    Miss my mom daily. She had some good jewelry pieces but all I wanted was the charm bracelet she wore to church. I use to sit in the pew and play with and look at all the pretty little charms every Sunday when I was a little girl. Precious memories.

  6. Shannon Fox says:

    What a great way to remember those we have lost and make something to treasure with it! My grandma had a huge jewelry box that was overflowing with all sorts of costume, or “junk jewelry” as she called it. Would love to have had a piece. It’s often very chaotic after someone passes and I did not get anything personal afterwards. I’m glad you did.

  7. Shirley says:

    I did something like this for my two children each Christmas after their father passed away.

  8. Thank-you so much everyone! The tags were a big hit when I gave them to my family. Here’s hoping this little idea can inspire something even more creative in your own households! (I hung a few pieces on our Christmas tree too!)

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