I've had it in my mind for quite a while to wrap a wreath form with a pearl necklace, then pin some vintage brooches on it as accents. Well, that was easier said than done, because pearl necklaces aren't really long enough to wrap around a wreath form in most cases, and using a dozen of them is kind of ridiculous, so I had to make some adjustments.
Here's one version I came up with, using store bought pearl garland:
These wreath forms are made in the USA, how about that?
I bought this pearly garland from JoAnn Fabric. I had to use three of them to cover my medium size wreath form:
To make this project, you will need a hot glue gun too. Put a dab of glue on the end of the garland to secure it, and begin winding it around the wreath form. I put the occasional dab of hot glue here and there to keep the garland in place as I wrapped it around, and a big glob to secure the end.
Once you have your base finished, you can experiment with different embellishments!
First, I tried three vintage enamel brooches from the 1960's. I clustered them at one side of the wreath, using their own pinbacks to secure them.
Thinking they looked a little sparse on their own, I added a velvet bow with a vintage earring center at the top:
Well, that's one version. I decided to try another, with two brass brooches I purchased recently.
And I added a loop of leftover Prima ribbon at the top:
Well, that version didn't seal the deal for me either. I decided to hot glue a snowflake ornament on the wreath as a base to give the jewelry I select some additional pizzaz. In addition, I looped a soft blue vintage satin ribbon at the top for hanging. Then I went back to my stash of jewelry.....
I think I picked some winners this time. Instead of gluing them permanently, I pinned them in place using their own pinbacks and additional straight pins:
I like this version the best. How about you? And the brooches can be removed after the holidays.