Occasionally I come across these awesome one-of-a-kind brooches for an awesome deal and they are just too good to pass up. I love buying little things like this thinking I’m going to make something with them, but then they sit around for a while. This time I was motivated to make some lovely accessories to wear out and about! One of my favorite stores Anthropologie always carries lovely hair accessories that are vintage-looking. I am pretty much a sucker for anything antique or vintage. While these brooches are not actually either of those things, I felt that these could pass as appearing to be. And since they were not either of these, I felt more justified about cutting them up and taking them apart. This would be a great thing to try with other small collectibles you might have lying around (i.e. buttons, pearls, old earrings, sparkly things, etc). I can’t wait to see what outfits I can pair these new fun clips with!
Steps 1-2: Gather your materials. You will need a couple of brooches or pins that you love, some bobbie pins and/or hair clips (I found my hair clips on etsy), a glue gun, and some jewelry wire cutters (any craft store will have these). Also for more reinforcement, you might add some fishing line and a sewing needle to your materials for this project.
Step 3: Grab your brooch, flip it over, and use your jewelry wire cutters to cut the safety pin part off. The difficulty of this might vary based on the quality of your brooch, so I would not recommend this DIY on any nicer brooches. I just wanted to create hair clips out of mine so I can make use of them.
Steps 4-5: Use your glue gun to dab some glue on the backside of your brooch in the areas where you would like your clip or bobbie pin. Place your bobbie pin or clip on the hot glue you just dabbed. (Not pictured: be sure to reinforce your bond by using some fishing line and a needle to wrap the hair clip to the brooch tightly. Knot this in place and you should be good to go!)
Step 6: Flip over your brooch, place in your hair, and make more for friends!