Ball ornament tops
Craft items, such as buttons, rhinestones, cloth pieces, and/or flat marbles
Hardware, like pin backings or earring wires
Glue (for some designs)
It’s almost inevitable: you open up last year’s Christmas decorations so you can put them on the tree and you discover that one or two of those fragile, ball ornaments has broken. Well, throw away the pieces – be careful not to get cut – but retrieve that metal thing that goes on top of the ball. It’s the piece that the hanger is attached to. That tiny metal cap on a glass ball ornament makes a cute little accent on a homemade jewelry piece. The cap can become an earring, part of a brooch, or a metallic snowflake on a bracelet. You’ll love the jewelry and accessories so much that, for some reason, lots of those ball ornaments will suddenly get broken!
Maybe you’ve never paid much attention to that little cap on top of a ball ornament but, actually, they even sell packs of them, as replacements. They’re really cheap and, amazingly, they look fabulous as jewelry and other accessories. Each cap has “fingers”, which go all the way around the bottom of it, to hold onto the ornament top. Remove one metal cap, make sure it has no hanger attached, and smash it flat. That’s easy to do by just pushing on it but, with a butter knife, small hammer, or similar implement, you can push it down until the fingers spread out flat.
The flattened metal piece quickly becomes the noticeable accent on a brooch. Start with a ruffle, twisted into a circle shape, and mount the metal piece on it with glue. Stick a tiny rhinestone on top of that, and the brooch is nearly done. Just attach a pin back to it. There are many variations you can do. Start with a circle of cloth, instead of a ruffle. Or, attach a clear, flat marble, rather than a rhinestone. Put a picture under the marble and you quickly have a vintage piece, or another jewelry design. Instead of a regular pin backing, use a hat-type pin backing, and you’ll have a cute accent for a hat, a purse, or a belt.
Make tiny snowflake earrings, or snowflake bracelet charms, by starting with the flattened metal ornament cap. Glue a button or other circular item onto it. Mount a single rhinestone in the middle, poke a hole in one of the “fingers”, and slip in a jump ring. Close the ring over an earring wire and it’s ready to wear.
Hurry up and go get out the Christmas decorations; new jewelry and accessories are waiting for you there!