Broaching the Brooches

For my second little project that went down when I was home on Hurricane Sandy arrest, it literally took me about 10 minutes and made me super happy.

My Nana passed away in March and after her passing my grandfather allowed me to choose some of her jewelry for my own. Well, I’m kind of a picky jewelry person but I did find a few pieces that really reminded me of her so I added them to my collection.

Some of the things that were so very Nana were a few of her brooches. She wore them all the time to dress up a nice jacket or sweater and liked them so much that my mom started giving her one each year at Christmas.

She had one pin in particular that was very special to me, a small circle that was engraved with her name, Claire. She had lent me that pin on my wedding day as my “something borrowed” and I had it attached to my bouquet that I carried down the aisle. At the reception, instead of throwing my bouquet, I presented it to my grandmother because she and my grandfather were celebrating 60 years of marriage that same year that my husband and I got married.

When going through her jewelry, I chose that pin as well as four other brooches that she liked. Since I don’t really wear pins myself, I decided to use them for a fun project while still keeping them untouched so I could wear them in the future.

I had a couple canvas frames left over from when I ripped the monkey and lion pictures off them for Jack’s room and also had a scrap of neutral fabric left over from my kitchen curtains. So I gathered my materials:

My materials: fabric (which needed ironed), frame and pins. Staple gun not pictured.

I stapled the fabric on to the frame with a staple gun, keeping it pulled tight all the way around.

Ka-BAM goes the stapler


Then, I just stuck the pins through the fabric in a way that I thought was pretty. That was it. Super simple and a snazzy way to display my Nana’s brooches when I’m not wearing them.

Finished project. So easy and so pretty!

I’m not exactly sure where I’ll put the brooch canvas yet. I’m thinking that after I finish my master bedroom update I might hang it or lean it against the wall. I just think it’s a cute way to display my grandmother’s jewelry and makes me smile whenever I see it.

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4 thoughts on “Broaching the Brooches”

  1. That is SUCH a cute idea! I love all the creative things people are doing with brooches these days, but I like them even better when they’re sentimental and not just picked up from a thrift store. I think your grandma would be proud!

  2. This is adorable! I think I may take your idea and use it to display my Disney pins 😀 Not that they are anywhere near as nostalgic as the beautiful brooches… But I have been trying to figure out what to do with them. 🙂 Thanks for the idea.

    1. Chrissy – that sounds like a really cool way of displaying your Disney pins! If you don’t have a canvas around, you can also poke them all through a piece of fabric and smush it into a photo frame. Be sure to tweet me a picture of your finished project!

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