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tutorial: Jeweled Valentine Heart

It finally time to put up the Valentine knick knacks. I don’t have many in the Valentine category, but the few I have are favorites.  When I made my jeweled Christmas tree a few years ago, my zeal for gathering sparkly gems left me with a pile if unused splendor. I missed my Christmas tree so much from January through November, I came up with this Valentine idea- got out the glue gun and went to town.
The cheapest way to undertake a project like this is to first scour the jewelry drawer at your grandma, mom and your own house. Then sift through the bargain (broken, unmatched) box at your local thrift and antique store, or even shop for bags of costume jewelry on ebay.

The frame is from Hobby Lobby or your local thrift store, antique shop or your attic- the gaudier the better. I went with a fairly inexpensive hot pink satin for the background. The fabric is glued to the front of a piece of masonite (a thin piece of plywood would work too), then wrapped around and glued to the back of the wood as well- so- under the gems and then behind, no sagging allowed. Once the fabric is glued into place, start arranging the gems on the ready surface.
Spent plenty of time arranging the gems so that the shape and colors all flowed nicely.
Arrange the larger pieces first, use the shape of the jewels to create rounded or pointy corners. Fill in around the big pieces with tiny gems for a nice uniform arrangement.

I used pliers frequently- snapping off earring posts, the backs of brooches, and chopping up necklaces and bracelets to get the right sizes of jewelry to include. All of the jewels are just hot glued in place. Keep the pliers handy so you don’t burn your fingers or overdo it on the amount of glue. Secure the heart into it’s frame with tiny nails tapped carefully into the back of the frame.

Enjoy the Valentine sparkle!

jeweled Christmas tree


I have always wanted a Christmas tree made of jewels like you see in your grandmas house, my grandma still puts hers up every Christmas. So finally, I made one of my very own-


I’ve had this frame forever- I got it at Hobby Lobby years ago when I began dreaming up this project. It was super on sale- I think I bought it for $9.99. You can’t tell from the backside in this picture but it’s thick and gaudy- the gaudier the better for this project. I cut a piece of masonite to fit inside the frame and built the tree on. The material had to be thick enough to support the weight of all the sparkly gems.


I used a sponge brush to cover the masonite with a thin coat of fabric glue, then pressed on the velvet fabric for the background. I lightly drew the outline of the tree onto the velvet with chalk, any lines left visible rub off easily in the end. I prearranged the jewels on an extra piece of velvet, in the exact shape I was after.


All of the pieces are glued on with a hot glue gun. I tried to use a little glue as possible so it wouldn’t be blobby and visible. I started with the edges and worked my way in, gluing the biggest jewels down first.


I have been collecting all the costume jewelry for years. This project can get very expensive if you’re not careful. I found a few lots on ebay, a few are family heirlooms and I’ve done lots of digging in local antique shops for cheap broken and mismatched earrings and brooches.


I wanted the tree to look as solid as possible so I filled in the little gaps with tiny jewels and pearls.


A kind blogger friend gave me this bee (it was a belt buckle) and the 2 tiny bees (cuff links?) that are hidden in the mix at the last Beehive Bazaar– Midge, you are so sweet and thoughtful; what a treat to have a few bees to put in the mix!


I can’t believe this tree is finally finished. I feel like I’ve really accomplished something. It’s going to be like the best Christmas present ever when I get to put my jeweled tree up this December.

jeweled Christmas tree

One might remember that last February as I was finally ready to make my jeweled Christmas tree, I got impatient or silly or whatever you want to call it and made this heart instead. Well, I finally got around to making that tree this February.
I’ve had this frame forever- I got it at Hobby Lobby years ago when I began dreaming up this project. It was super on sale- I think I bought it for $9.99. You can’t tell from the backside in this picture but it’s thick and gaudy- the gaudier the better for this project. I cut a piece of masonite to fit inside the frame and built the tree on. The material had to be thick enough to support the weight of all sparkly gems.
I used a sponge brush to cover the masonite with a thin coat of fabric glue, then pressed on the velvet fabric for the background. I lightly drew the outline of the tree onto the velvet with chalk, any lines left visible rub off easily in the end. I prearranged the jewels on an extra piece of velvet, in the exact shape I was after.
All of the pieces are glued on with a hot glue gun. I tried to use a little glue as possible so it wouldn’t be blobby and visible. I started with the edges and worked my way in, gluing the biggest jewels down first.
I have been collecting all the costume jewelry for years. This project can get very expensive if you’re not careful. I found a few lots on ebay, a few are family heirlooms and I’ve done lots of digging in local antique shops for cheap broken and mismatched earrings and brooches.
I wanted the tree to look as solid as possible so I filled in the little gaps with tiny jewels and pearls.
A kind blogger friend gave me this bee (it was a belt buckle) and the 2 tiny bees (cuff links?) that are hidden in the mix at the last Beehive Bazaar– Midge, you are so sweet and thoughtful; what a treat to have a few bees to put in the mix!
I can’t believe this tree is finally finished. I feel like I’ve really accomplished something this week- and it’s only Monday! It’s going to be like the best Christmas present ever when I get to put my jeweled tree up this December.