Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

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.

Vintage chandelier crystals at Habitat Restore to be repurposed as Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Truly a bag of treasures.

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.

Vintage tea strainers acorns, shell, house, teapot to be repurposed as Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, aren’t these cute?

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.

Repurposing vintage tea strainers and chandelier crystals into rustic farmhouse Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just need a little space in that chain…

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.

Repurposing vintage tea strainers and chandelier crystals into rustic farmhouse Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy enough to combine these together!

Repurposing vintage tea strainers and chandelier crystals into rustic farmhouse Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Half done!

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?

Repurposing vintage tea strainers and chandelier crystals into rustic farmhouse Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

I did it over and over again, making each one different. I used combinations of elements from my craft stash to create them:

Repurposed and upcycled vintage tea strainers and chandelier crystals into rustic farmhouse Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The lot of 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!

Repurposed and upcycled vintage tea strainers and chandelier crystals into rustic farmhouse Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little somethin’ extra never hurt anyone…

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!

Repurposed and upcycled vintage tea strainers and chandelier crystals into rustic farmhouse Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

ADORE!

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. What a great idea!!

  2. I love these! They make such cute ornaments with just the right amount of bling.

  3. You bring back memories of my sisters and I cleaning our very large crystal chandelier, which had belonged to my great-grandmother. We would have an assembly line of removing the crystals, washing, rinsing, drying, and re-hanging. I can’t say that I enjoyed it, but I do love crystals. Love your ornaments and wish I could find some old tea strainers.

  4. These are amazing! Love, love, love!

  5. Awesome! I love the variety of shapes you found.

  6. These are amazing, what a clever idea and love you can add the spice, ummmmm!

  7. I love this and the crystal adds the sparkle. Too bad I only have one strainer, darn.

  8. Once again, you’ve come up with something really amazing that I would never have thought to do and I actually have several tea strainers that were my Grandmothers!

  9. chris aka monkey says:

    sarah once again you have amazed me with the way you think these are lovely just lovely xx

  10. These are amazing Sarah. Well done.

  11. Very cute. I was thinking as I looked at them you could put some scented things in them–ha, ha, ha, you beat me to it. But the spices were a great idea as I can not be around any artificialy scented things–like candles, air freshners, warming pots etc but being they are real spices I can!

  12. You are so cool with your projects, Sarah. Really.

  13. These are so unique and so cool! What an awesome idea.

  14. You created such beautiful ornaments! But I confess, I’m sitting here imagining the phone that used those “phone supplies.” Liberace’s phone, maybe?

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      LOLOL, isn’t that the strangest thing?? Even if I weren’t a blogger, I would have taken a photo of that bag!! (But Liberace is a very good guess) 😉

  15. How adorable are these!!! Adding potpourri inside – even better. Pinning and sharing

  16. Hi there I just love the repurpose of the tea strainers, they are super cool! They look perfect on the tree. I am using many of my vintage cookie cutters in my Christmas décor….Happy decorating! Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  17. Those are so cute!! I have a small collection of tea strainers, I may have to make ornaments from them now!

    Tania

  18. You had me at .. Etsy shop. Love your crafty self. Bought it!

  19. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Sarah these are too adorable. I want that little house! Love what you did with them.

  20. Fonda Rush says:

    We have the crystals from my wife’s family’s chandelier. The glass arms broke, and we are using the crystals in our crafts.

  21. acraftymix says:

    I don’t know how you do it Sarah, but everything you make is just wow. What a brilliant idea and the crystals add such a lovely touch. Your ornaments are beautiful

  22. Ahhhhh, I cannot take the cuteness Sarah! Does your brain ever rest? 😉 Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  23. OOh I adore these, I’m going to have to make some for my tea lovin mom for sure! Pinned!

  24. You are so clever! I love the idea of putting mulling spices in them. I can’t imagine how wonderful that would make the room smell!

  25. What a fun idea for a tea lovers gift! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  26. I have started collecting tea balls for this very same purpose! Well, I didn’t think to add the bling and spices–both great ideas! I have really been struggling to find many tea balls. Where do you find most of yours? Online? I think they are hard to find!

  27. I love this and the look of your blog…its so beautiful, im just starting out and i can see i have alot to learn! Thanks for sharing!!

  28. Your tea strainers made very cute ornaments. You have some strainers that I haven’t seen before. The crystals just made the ornaments special. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  29. These are adorable!!
    Pinning!!

    -Jaclyn

  30. Love this! Your are being featured tomorrow at Your Inspired Design! Thanks for sharing!

  31. These are definitely one of a kind and very pretty. I’ll be on the lookout for “phone supplies” the next time I go thrifting. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  32. Unique idea. Might be a nice little gift like to use to decorate a Christmas present for someone your know is a tea lover. Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Linkup.

  33. Sadie, These tea strainer ornaments are adorable. I love them.You are amazing,
    Bev

  34. Love your sweet ornaments!

  35. What a clever idea. I will be on the lookout for all the “ingredients” to make these ! I see a vintage tree in my future.

  36. Love this! I did a theme tree this year with teacups, miniature spoons, and tea strainers as the ornaments. I will definitely be reworking the strainers for next year. Always enjoy your creativity!

  37. Wow…so pretty! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  38. Very cute and original idea for a unique tree! Thank you for sharing at The Crafty Corner.

  39. These are so cool, and so unique! They make such pretty ornaments. Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark; I chose your tea strainer ornaments as one of my Feature Picks this week. Our party starts tomorrow at 6am EST; I hope you’ll link up with us again!

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