Thursday, December 13, 2018

Repurposing vintage jello molds

I’ve been collecting all sizes of metal jello molds from the early years of the 1900s.  They are cute, nostalgic and intrigue me with their charm.
My first upcycled project using one of the molds I found at my Mom’s was a pincushion made from some vintage fabric, lace and a button from the button box I had spent hours sorting through as a child.

This year, after looking at several ideas for creating Christmas ornaments out of little jello molds with bottle brush trees and glistening snow.  I pulled out my stash and started playing.
I had a few small wooden candle sticks, a metal stand from a paper company, various sizes of molds, and some wooden beads and bamboo skewers.
To start, I used a nail to punch a small in the bottom of each mold.

Once I get into a project, I’m terrible at recording my progress or the process in pictures.  This one was after sorting sizes, stacking and restacking the molds with beads in between  as needed to keep the shapes from nesting too much.  After getting them the way that looked best to me, I started by gluing the skewer into the base.

I didn’t glue every level but if the hole I’d punched in the tin wasn’t right in the center and that tier was tilty, a little glue helped keep things in line.
At this point, I hadn’t given any thought to how I would finish off the top.  A star seemed like the obvious choice, but what kind....?
After digging through more stash, I found two tiny cookie cutters that seemed made for the job.  One was an angel, perfect!  The other a tiny gingerbread man!  For the third tree, I was at a loss.  This little silver finial looks great!

Here are the finished trees.  They are still a little tilty in places but whimsy is what repurposing is all about so I think it works.

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