Monday, December 7, 2015

Retro Christmas Pin Refashion

This week is finals week at the school I teach at, so I'm just sharing a really quick project before I get back to grading finals. This summer my Grandma past away. She had lots of costume jewelry--especially pins and broaches. This beauty was one of the unclaimed after everyone took whatever they wanted. Now, I like a bit of Christmas kitsch as much as the next gal, but it was a bit over the top--I mean the charms hanging off the wreath are bigger than the wreath--but I could tell it wouldn't be hard to fix it.

The dangly bits on this pin were just attached with jump rings, so all I needed was a pliers. I pulled each of the rings attaching the charms to the wreath apart and now I have one wreath pin and 3 charms. The charms on their own are kind of cute, and I can't wait to find a new purpose for them, but for now I have this lovely retro wreath pin.

It went from kitschy to almost understated (if there was such a thing in a Christmas pin). I can't wait to wear this over the holiday season.


  1. The charms would make great ornaments on a mini Christmas tree! I like to pick up Christmas earrings at thrift stores and use them as mini ornaments on a tiny tabletop tree anyway, and this would work.