Using Costume Jewelry as Christmas Ornaments

November 26, 2018

Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - closeup of an angel pin ornamentThe other day, I was going through a box of small keepsakes when I realized I've never worn a single pin I've ever been given. (Oops.) My favorite one is my grandmother's old butterfly pin that's too fragile to wear. Then I had a duh moment when I remembered I had no ornaments for my mini tree. :) You can finds all sorts of ways to re-purpose costume jewelry. Pins are very easy to tweak. You only need a bit of ribbon and some fabric glue.



  • ribbon
  • assorted pins
  • fabric glue (to make the bows last)
Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - supplies


  1. There are different ways to fix the ribbon to get pins to hang nicely on the tree, depending on the type of pin you have. I've outlined some ways you can correctly affix ribbon to different shaped and sized pins
  2. Small pins with needle-clip backings are the easiest to start with. Double knot the ribbon through the gap where the back clip of the pin meets the needle.
  3. Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - adding ribbon to needle clip back style pin
  4. Next, make a fairly large loop, in proportion to the size of the pin, and knot the other end, leaving enough ribbon to make a bow.
  5. Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - make loop
    Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - knot

  6. Double knot it to secure the hold. Make a mini bow, if desired, and dab a dot of fabric glue where the bow knots to prevent it from unraveling.
  7. Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - tie ends of ribbon into a bow
    Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - add glue to bow to hold
  8. For the hook and needle pin, I folded a good length of ribbon in half and knotted the center fold to one end of the needle. Then, I twisted the ribbon and made a second knot at the opposite end.
  9. Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - knot a folded piece of ribbon to the hook and needle style pin needle
    Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - twist the ribbon and tie at the other end of the needle
  10. The butterfly pin had a different weight and shape, so I ended up wrapping it around the body instead of the pin closure. I gently knotted the ribbon at the base of the head.
  11. Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - butterfly had ribbon gently tied around the body

  12. Enjoy your new set of mini ornaments! They also make a cute gift.
  13. Use Costume Jewelry as Mini Ornaments - finished mini ornaments
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