There was a small but elegant chandelier just inside the front door of my childhood home. And one of the few cleaning tasks I actually enjoyed helping with was taking off the dangling crystals and giving them a yearly bath. Fast forward 30-some-odd years, and I still love a pretty chandelier crystal…so when I found this bag of…umm… “Phone Supplies” while thrifting, I squealed with glee.
I knew I wanted to use them in a Christmas ornament project, but it took a while for an idea to coalesce. In that same period of time, though, I began to accumulate vintage tea strainers- in all sorts of adorable shapes and sizes.
And that’s when I thought…why not combine the two? A little rustic with the galvanized-look of the tea strainers, and a little glam with the gleam of the crystals- the perfect odd couple. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
So, to make ornaments, I started by undoing the tea strainer chain using jewelry pliers.
I removed some of the chain links and inserted a chandelier crystal using the crystal’s original hardware. Then, I put the chain back together- but a little shorter than it was originally. Now that it’ll be an ornament, the chain doesn’t need to be long enough to accommodate a teapot or tall mug.
I wanted a little more glam, so I added another crystal to the bottom of the strainer…feeding the original hardware through one of the straining/steeping holes already in the strainer. I bent the wire inside the strainer to keep it secure and the crystal in place. Isn’t that pretty?
I did it over and over again, making each one different. I used combinations of elements from my craft stash to create them:
Aren’t they so pretty? I really love how they look and how customizable they are…it’s like tea strainers were always meant to become ornaments, since they come with a built in hanging hook!
Anyway, I decided to do one more thing…but this is obviously totally optional. I had this bag of mulled cider spices– cinnamon, allspice, orange peel, star anise, and cloves that smells AMAZING. So, I decided to pour some into each tea strainer ornament for a little holiday fragrance on my tree!! I will not judge anyone that leans in and sniffs my ornaments; in fact, I invite them to do it!
I’m pretty sure that tea strainers and chandelier crystals are a match made in holiday heaven…and guess what? I’ve decided not to keep them all, so check my Etsy shop if you’re interested in one!