Tutorial: Craft a beautiful, vintage brooch wreath

Have you seen the gorgeous and glittery Brooch Bouquets some brides carry down the aisle? Last year, I featured a tutorial for making a Vintage Brooch Bouquet, and I was so excited when I found a tutorial to make a Vintage Brooch Wreath on the blog The DIY Showoff. Roeshel, the creative dynamo behind The DIY Showoff, agreed to share with us her tutorial for making a Vintage Brooch Wreath.

DIY Vintage Brooch Wreath

Bri, Roeshel's daughter, used a rainbow of bright colors on her Brooch Wreath.

Roeshel and her daughter Bri each made a Brooch Wreath using pins, pendants, earrings, charms, and other baubles. Roeshel opted for a gold and silver wreath, with patina accents of blue and green, and Bri’s wreath showcases a rainbow of color. I don’t know what was more fun for this mother-daughter duo – hitting the flea markets to collect their stash, or fashioning their wreaths. Thank you, Roeshel and Bri, for sharing your creativity with us!

DIY Vintage brooch wreath

Roeshel selected a more neutral palette, with splashes of blue/green.

To make a Brooch Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 10” wreath
  • Vintage pins, pendants, earrings, charms, buttons and other baubles (Roeshel estimates that she used 100 pieces for her 10” wreath)
  • MagiKote from DecoArt
  • Acrylic craft paint OR foam-safe spray paint (carefully read the label to be sure it’s foam-safe)
  • Ribbon
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Paint brushes; straight pins; wire knippers

To make a Brooch Wreath:

1. Paint the wreath with a layer of MagiKote and let it dry.

2. Paint the dry wreath with acrylic craft paint, or spray paint with a foam-safe paint. Let dry.

DIY vintage brooch wreath

Brush on an acrylic craft paint, or use a foam-safe spray paint.

3. While your paint dries, arrange your pins and other baubles in a 10” circle. Rearrange till you’re pleased with the arrangement.

4. Begin adding jewelry to the wreath. Push pins from brooches directly into wreath; when needed, use glue and straight pins to secure jewelry to the wreath form. Trim away extra wires with the knippers.

DIY Vintage Brooch Wreath

To add your baubles, use pin backs, straight pins and low-temperature glue.

5. When dry, hang with ribbon.

Vintage Brooch Wreaths

Roeshel and Bri each used a different color scheme.

Please be sure to stop by The DIY Showoff and tell Roeshel “hello” and thank her for sharing her tutorial. On her blog, take the “Farmhouse Tour” where Roeshel shares some amazing “before” and “after” transformations of her home, a farmhouse built in 1927. You will love the sneak peeks she shares, and her savvy decorating style. Updating chandeliers with spray paint? Yep! Creating shoe racks from molding? Beautiful! Updating kitchen cabinets with nothing more than paint and new hardware? Gorgeous!

Today I’m also announcing the “trendy” winner of a one-year subscription to Crafts ‘n things magazine. Mandy L., who likes the retro vibe in our 2012 trends, is the lucky winner. Please contact me, Mandy, so I can arrange for your subscription. If you didn’t win, you can still sign up to receive the free, monthly e-newsletter from Crafts ‘n things.

See you Friday! Happy crafting!


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7 Responses to Tutorial: Craft a beautiful, vintage brooch wreath

  1. Mary Ellen Mandeville says:

    This wreath is most absolutely GLORIOUS! It just so gorgeous and I would love to try making it in
    fall themed colors or even winter themed Christmas colors! I admire Roeshel’s creativity as well as her daughter’s!

  2. cookiemomma says:

    I so love this!

  3. Thanks so much for the awesome feature! We’re so honored to be included with all of this clever creativity! 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for sharing your tutorial, Roeshel (and Bri). Your wreaths are so beautiful, and I’m sure they’ll inspire others to create their own Vintage Brooch Wreaths. Sharon

  4. Mary Lou says:

    i love this idea and can’t wait to dig out all my old brooches and pick up a few more at thrift stores etc.

    • Sharon says:

      I know, Mary Lou. It’s such a beautiful project, and I really think that half the fun is in the collecting. Who doesn’t love found treasures? Enjoy! Sharon

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