Jewellery as Christmas Ornaments

jewelled ornamentsI like to buy new holiday brooches every Christmas season. My favourite to find (and collect) are the Christmas trees. Next are poinsettias and from there I like an assortment of Christmas things. I do prefer natural themes like birds, pine cones and snow people to the religious themed brooches. That’s just me as an Earth Witch though. Everyone has some part of Christmas which is special for them.

One thing about having a collection is finding a new and creative way to display it and store it (especially if you move often). I have found a few wonderful ways to display, use and show off my holiday brooches – and all my old sparkly brooches if I want to include them.

Decorate with Brooches this Year

You can make a holiday brooch bouquet. I first noticed this as a new twist on the wedding bouquet. Several brooches are gathered up, given a stem and then tied together with ribbon. There are a few other steps, but that is the basic idea. This can work with holiday brooches and be used to decorate inside your home over the Christmas season.

xmas tree broochAnother idea is to create a holiday wreath with your brooches. Cover a wreath form with gathered fabric which you can pin your brooches onto. Add extras and optional ideas like a big bow, some holiday ornaments or pin a few Christmas cards to the wreath with your brooches. Or, use the form of a Christmas tree, cover it with something strong enough to hold your brooches and create a Christmas tree decorated with all your holiday jewels. BHG has a jewelled wreath to give you an example.

A third idea which I have seen is to pin your brooches into the shape of a Christmas tree (use a luxurious fabric like velvet or something sparkly like left over wrapping paper) then place an elegant photo frame around your brooch creation. I found lovely inspiration for this idea at the Moon Diamond Etsy shop.

Oh Martha!

Maybe too much decoration really. But, I wouldn’t protest too much if it were to appear for any wedding I attend.

Meringue Bouquet Cake

Any cake frosted in buttercream can be decorated with crisp meringue flowers in shades of white. On this cake, some flowers are piped in one piece and baked in the oven, while others are piped petal by petal, baked, assembled with more meringue, and baked again; the overall effect is that of a heavily embroidered bodice.

Read more at Marthastewartweddings.com: White Winter Weddings

Wear a Corsage on your Finger

From Kate Spade, crystal corsage necklace and ring. There are other necklaces, rings and earrings which have a simpler pattern with single flowers. I liked these cause I think of a corsage as being a collection of flowers, a bouquet. So nice to have a bouquet that you can keep without having to water it or ever watch it fade or become compost for the garden.

Make a Gorgeous Brooch Bouquet

How To:
Fancy Pants: How to Design a Brooch Bouquet
San Francisco Budget Wedding: DIY Bright Idea: How to Assemble a Vintage Brooch Bouquet
Decor Adventures: Wedding Bouquet Tutorial
Offbeat Bride: How to DIY Your Own Brooch Bouquet

Fantasy Floral Designs: Home of the Brooch Bouquet

Where to Buy:

Etsy: Lions Gate Designs
Etsy: The Ritzy Rose
Etsy: The Bejewled Florist
Etsy: Croska
Etsy: Blue Petyl
Etsy: Amanda1
Etsy: Metal Petals Everlasting
Etsy: Noaki