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Upcycled Brooches to Magnets

Are you looking for ways to jazz up your home office, workplace office, or even the fridge? Today I will be going over my tutorial of upcycling old brooches into magnets. Personally I love brooches and still wear them often. But perhaps you have some lying around that you do not know what to do with. Or you like the look of them, but just not to serve its original purpose of a brooch. If you don’t have any but wish to make your own, you can easily find fabulous brooches easily through thrift stores, garage sales, Etsy, or Ebay. I once bought a lot of 16 vintage rhinestone brooches on Ebay for $10.

These brooches turned magnets are so pretty and it actually turns a dated piece into a modern accessory. Additionally, there are so many brooch styles that you can pick any type of pin into a magnet easily. Remember those funny slogan buttons from the 80’s?

You will need:

Assortment of brooches or buttons
Magnets (you can buy them in large packages from craft stores)
Hot glue gun
Clay that dries hard if you are using brooches or buttons that do not have a smooth backing

Magnet supplies

1)     With your pliers, remove the pin from your piece


Magnet remov pin

2)     Use a small amount of modelling clay large enough to fit the magnet and glue it to your brooch. Follow the directions on the clay packaging, some require oven drying vs. air drying.

Magnet add clay

3)     Once the clay is hardened glue the magnet to the clay

magnet glue to brooch

Voila! You now have gorgeous bling to hold up all your notes and reminders. 


magnets finished



4 comments on “Upcycled Brooches to Magnets

  1. sbelle327
    October 16, 2013

    this is so cute!

  2. Simply Save
    October 16, 2013

    Love it! I’ve had a brooch that I’ve never worn for years, but it’s so pretty that I can’t bear to part with it. Looks like I just found the perfect solution!

    • simplystrikingblog
      October 16, 2013

      I am so glad my post was such a help to you! Thank you for taking the time out to comment. Love that you now have a way to enjoy the brooch all over again 🙂

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