Handmade Brooch Ideas

Category Jewelry
Designing and making your own jewelry is a great crafting activity. This is a page about handmade brooch ideas.

November 13, 2017

This is a page about how to make a recycled jewelry brooch. These recycled jewelry brooches are the perfect way to repurpose your broken necklaces, single earrings, or even jewelry that you just don't wear anymore. The possibilities are endless!

A brooch made from recycled jewelry pieces.

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? 1

October 7, 2016

This is a page about making a ribbon brooch. Use a pretty piece of ribbon and decorative button to make yourself a unique brooch.

Making a Ribbon Brooch

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

May 7, 2019

Pretty leftover fabric can be upcycled into one of these pretty floral brooches. Just make a yoyo and add a decorative button in the center.

Pretty Fabric Brooch

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

June 17, 2017

By combining pretty ribbon and cording you can make this no sew brooch. This is a page about how to make a ribbon and cord brooch.

Ribbon and Cord Brooch - allow glue to dry and wear

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

December 22, 2016

This is a page about making a vintage lace brooch. This lacy vintage style brooch will go great with just about any outfit.

pinned to purse

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

May 16, 2016

This is a page about making a button brooch. You can make pretty brooches using old recycled buttons or new ones purchased for the project.

Making a Button Brooch

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

December 15, 2015

This is a page about making an ice lolly badge (brooch). These adorable popsicle brooches are fun to create and would make great gifts.

Making an Ice Lolly Brooch

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes

July 10, 2014

This is a page about making a zipper flower pin. If you are looking for a fun, creative jewelry project, look into making these pretty zipper pins.

zipper flower

Read More... Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes


Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

November 1, 2006

First, grab some card board. Now it doesn't have to be fancy card board, just reasonably thick. You could even go to your pantry and rip up the box from the cookies you've been dying to polish off!


One side of your card you might want blank, (the inside if your using that cookie box!) Now if you've got card that's waxy on one side you'll want to use that side for this next bit.

Second, grab some little things like beads or small, I mean tiny, shells or semi-precious gems.

You may have some lying around from previous craft projects, if not, get creative, go into the garden and find some pebbles from the soil or even raid the kitchen drawer and ball up bits of foil, don't worry about the healthy grilled chicken you had planned for tonight, it'll wait!

Third, and now for the fun part! Get some glue like Aquadhere (this is only available in Australia, but any clear drying glue will work) something that will set clear, and squeeze a dollop on the side of card you want as the seen side of your brooch. The dollop should be the size and shape you want your brooch to be. Sprinkle randomly or arrange with painstaking precision the little things you found before so they are set in the glue.


(It's really up to you!)

Fourth, waiting, and waiting and waiting. If you used Aquadhere you might have to wait a couple of days for the glue to dry, depending on the thickness of it, and the temperature of where you are. When the glue has set cut around the edge of the glue and there will be the main body of your brooch.

Fifth, use clear nail polish to varnish the back of the brooch. Alternately you could use the glue you used, but then you you will have more drying time, or you could even use, say, varnish! For those who reckon it's a good idea why not try egg white?!

Sixth, and the last bit really! Put a bit more glue on the back of the brooch and attach either a safety pin or a brooch back you can buy from most places that sell craft supplies. Depending on what you used in your brooch you may want to varnish the front as well.


For a fun addition to the process, colouring the card with pencils and metallic pens can be really quite eye catching.

Please, above all, enjoy!

By Banshee from Tasmania, Australia

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? Yes


Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

December 5, 2011

What type of backing would I use to make homemade broaches and pins?

By Joy L.


December 6, 20110 found this helpful

I have seen them made on plain, large round buttons. I think that would be the easiest, with nothing to cut, trim, or shape. Then you glue or attach whatever you make the brooch from, and attach the fastener to the back of the button base.


I hope when you get a couple made, that you will be able to post a pic here.
Bet they will come out great! Best of luck to you!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 6, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for the idea, also I was wondering if using clear plastic (such as from placemats) might work?
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 7, 20110 found this helpful

I didn't think about using the plastic LOL! You would have to use another type of glue, or JB Weld type of mixture. That sounds like a super idea. You could probably even use the plastic canvas stuff if you have any leftovers.

I think those are going to be super!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 7, 20110 found this helpful

I make a lot of pins, and back them with felt. It depends on what you make the fronts from. Some things are heavier and would not work.


The buttons sound like a wonderful solution, as well as round or metal wooden disks, and mirror circles. Good luck, and yes, please post. We love to know that our suggestions are used! PBP

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 7, 20110 found this helpful

Oops...that was suppose to be round metal "or" wooden disks. My bad.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 7, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like you need a pin back? I use the 3/4 to 1 and 1/2 inch pinbacks with closures you can get about anywhere. I use hot glue if it is cloth, paper or felt. Heavy materials may require heavy duty glue.
Look on ebay and You'll find loads of pin backs.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 8, 20110 found this helpful

Found an idea for pins that used belt buckles for the basic structure of the pin and added a pin back to the back of it. Glue that can be used on metal is needed however. But it is a good way to use belts you have outgrown or no longer love.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

Crafts JewelryJune 29, 2014
St. Patrick's Ideas!
Valentine's Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.

Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Generated 2020-01-27 09:08:02 in 1 secs. ⛅️️ ⚡️

Add to PageAsk a Question
Loading Something Awesome!