Holiday Inspiration Aplenty

(Add strands of silver Beadalon 19 to transform a costume brooch into an eye-catching ornament!)

I’m a member of the Craft & Hobby Association Trend Team and we recently released a holiday trend report. Two components of the report that pertained to jewelry making were the sections on lifestyle and color trends. Here are a couple of excerpts:

Key lifestyle trends include recycling and “upcycling.” Families are doing more together and saving money by making their own things like gifts, cards, and decorations. They are recycling or “upcycling” with their handmade projects whenever they can...old jewelry is turned into ornaments and holiday embellishments, and handmade touches are added to everything.

Traditional red and green will be the primary colors, with the green moving from lime green to a more traditional shade of green such as forest green, avocado and Kelly green. For a contemporary look, a cleaner apple green or spring green will be used. A new hot color will be purple and it will be used in combinations such as purple with silver and deep purple with forest green. Another strong color will be brown or “chocolate” and paired with aqua, copper or platinum. Sparkle will also be added to traditional items to give them an expensive look.

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-Katie Hacker for Beadalon