A friend of mine, who owns an antique store, has a wonderful miniature Christmas tree displayed in her shop window. It is completely covered in vintage brooches, earrings and necklaces. Someone had made it and given it to her as a gift and pretty much everyone who comes in the door wants to buy it!
Well, I got to thinking that it actually doesn't look like it would be too difficult to make. It's a great way to use broken or damaged jewelry that you can't bear to part with. You can also pick up tons of distressed vintage jewelry at yard sales and flea markets for cheap. Then just hop on down to your nearest craft supply store for the green foam form, some kind of wooden base you can paint, beads, long pins and a glue gun to attach the baubles, and you've got yourself a nice glitzy Christmas centerpiece!