Treat your sisters and girlfriends (and yourself) to jewelry that shimmers with style. Start with a handful of inexpensive costume pieces -- brooches and earrings with openwork designs -- and give them a new-old coppery patina using spray paint. Then link them together and add pretty pink ribbon. No one will guess you didn't break the bank.
Costume brooches (we used 6, about 2 inches wide) or earrings (we used about 5 pairs, 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches wide) with openwork designs, from Bijoux Way
Clear nail polish (optional)
Copper spray paint
1/4-inch jump rings
1 1/2-inch-wide silk ribbon, cut into two 24-inch lengths
For a playful nod to the traditional Christmas pin, try these cheerful corsages. They're easy enough for a child to make but sophisticated enough for her mom to wear. Once you gather your supplies, it's a snap to make multiple corsages in a single afternoon.
Wool felt, 18 by 18 inches, in assorted colors, available at magiccabin.com
Ribbon, such as satin-backed velvet ribbons from hymanhendler.com
A pile of gemstones in luminous pinks, reds, and corals is a thrill to behold. These turn out to be good to eat as well. Use the same mold to make shiny hard candies (these are cinnamon flavored) and chocolates that can be wrapped in gleaming metallic foil. Tuck them into this handcrafted jewelry box for a special someone, or give them out to your dazzling friends.
Two 3 1/4-by-5 1/4 inch cardboard jewelry boxes with accompanying batting
Dressed in apricot moire fabric and trimmed with satiny cord, a luxurious pink bow, and an array of faux gemstones, this box is no mere vessel. It's a treasure on its own. With a note, a photo, or some sweets tucked inside, it would make the perfect keepsake for Mom or anyone who appreciates a touch of luxury.
Several pieces of mat board (32 by 40 inches), dickblick.com
Apricot moire fabric, about 1 yard, bandjfabrics.com