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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2. Collect suitable jewelry pieces.
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.
You can create tags that match personalities, hobbies or favorite colours. Let your imagination run wild!
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Do you have an outdated stash of costume jewelry waiting to be loved again?