I originally shared this project a few weeks ago over at A Little Claireification and wanted to share it with all of you today because it can be a fast, easy and great last-minute gift for Mother’s Day. Especially since my own Mom was just telling me how she never wears most of her jewelry because it’s all in boxes! I happen to love, love, love vintage jewelry! A lot of it came from my Mom and my Grandmother and I do like to wear it – I just need to see it, just like my Mom! This is a quick and to be honest, super inexpensive solution for a display that’s pretty, gets our jewelry(and Mom’s) of the box and but still keeps it accessible to wear.
I love this because we only need two supplies – wire and ribbon. Even better, there’s no right or wrong way to put this together. All we need are precut lengths of 18 gauge floral wire, (I used the 18” lengths) about 4 yards of 1 /12 to 2” inch ribbon in your choice of color or pattern and another bit of ribbon for a bow in a coordinating color or pattern. I’m using a black and white ribbon.
Take two pieces of wire and twist them around one another. We’re going to keep adding wires and form a circular shape. Every so often, take the wire and form a “loop” or circle out to the side. Don’t worry about definite spacing at all – just try to make a loop somewhere around every 1-2 inches.
Make this wreath as big or small as you want. You don’t even have to make a perfect circle…the beauty of wire; we can just push it into shape. When it’s the size that you like, wrap the ends of the last wires around where you started. It doesn’t have to look pretty at this point! I decided to form mine into an oval and the finished size of this is just about 12”.
Once the wire shape is done, we just take our 1 ½” ribbon and starting at the top, thread the ribbon in, out and around the wire and “loops.” As you bring the ribbon through the loops, leave the ribbon in little poufs. Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this and you don’t have to cover all of the wire. The jewelry will do the rest.
For a finishing touch, I decided to add a bow in hot pink! I love this bright, pink, ruffled-edge ribbon I found at Michael’s, which coordinates nicely with the black and white. Make any kind of bow you like and attach it on a jaunty, little side angle at the top of the wreath with some spool wire.
Now, just decide what jewelry you’d like to add and if you’re making this for Mom, wouldn’t it be fun to pick out the jewelry together? A lot of my vintage earrings are clips, so I just clipped them on all around the wreath. You can hang earrings from the wire and add post-earrings through the ribbon. I also added a few brooches, which I pinned to the ribbon.
A little bling, a little color and best of all, jewelry can be used in a decorative way and since there’s no permanent attachment, all the little pretties are easily accessible and ready to wear. I want to make a few more in different sizes and try something similar just for necklaces. What do you think? I think my Mom would definitely like this, so I’ll need to make another one stat!
I hope you AND Mom like this easy, pretty and practical way to display jewelry. Maybe it will help to get some jewelry “out of the box” to sparkle in a room AND on Mom or you!
In case I might miss anyone on Sunday, I wish every Mom the happiest Mother’s Day! Have a super sparkly and wonderful weekend!