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Brooches can add glitz and glamour to a simple outfit. Here, we show you how to make brooches from craft store finds and recycled pieces you may already have in your jewelry box.
This flower pin makes a pretty gift for Mom, a girlfriend, or for yourself. Attach it to a jacket, cardigan, or headband to create a cute hair accessory.
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Don't worry about the poppies being perfect -- the raw-edged look mimics the real thing and is part of the flowers' appeal. The finished poppies can be attached to pins or barrettes.
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Recycle those glitzy earrings that only see action only at weddings, and make pins. Cluster a few together to give holiday outfits a pop of sparkle. The upper two crystal blossoms shown are clip-ons clamped onto the neckline, while the bottom one is a stud pierced through the fabric.
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Paper Party Brooch
We used only the finest materials (wink, wink!)-- crepe paper, a feather, and stars and ribbon -- to create this chic pin. After all, a party calls for fancy wear! The concept was simple: Layer items on a triangle precut from card stock, then add a self-adhesive pin backing (available at crafts stores).
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To make this fabric flower pin, purchase a brooch clasp from the findings section of a beading store (it's best to choose one that has holes in the center of it, instead of choosing one with a solid bar). Sew the clasp securely in place to the back of the fabric flower.
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With plaid ribbon, hot glue, a coin, and a simple jewelry part, you can make a smart-looking accessory that will dress up a child's lapel.