Paper and Bead Brooch

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Paper and Bead Brooch
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages tween

Create a chic pin from an ordinary piece of cardboard, decorative paper, buttons, and beads.

What you'll need

  • Thin cardboard (we used a section of an empty shoe box)
  • Decorative paper
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Seed and jewelry beads
  • Thumbtack
  • 26-gauge jewelry wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Buttons or jewels
  • Pin back

How to make it

  1. Cut a shape from the cardboard, then cut a piece of decorative paper large enough to cover it. Glue the paper to the front of the board and fold back the excess. Brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge Sparkle and let it dry.

  2. To add a strand of beads, use the thumbtack to poke a hole in the bottom of the brooch. Cut the wire to the desired length, plus 1/2 inch. Insert the wire through the hole so that 1/4 inch sticks out the front. Use the pliers to twist this piece around the longer length of wire and then press it against the back of the cardboard.

  3. Thread on the beads, then twist the bottom of the wire into a knot to keep them in place. After adding the last strand of beads, glue another swatch of decorative paper to the back of the brooch to conceal the wire ends.

  4. Glue on buttons or jewels, then glue on the pin back.

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