How to Make a Pretty Brooch Pin Bracelet

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Three finished brooch pin bracelets shown on a wood background.

Make a beautiful refashioned brooch pin bracelet for yourself or to give as a gift! This stretchy bracelet couldn’t be easier to make. Below are all the how-tos and links to the supplies.

Where to Find Unique Brooches and Enamel Pins

You can find beautiful brooches and enamel pins almost anywhere that sells jewelry. You may even have a few tucked away in your jewelry box!


When buying pins, take note of the orientation of the pin on the back (vertical or horizontal) and how it will clasp onto your bracelet.

Thrift or antique store are great sources for vintage pins. I found the antique cameo pin for $10 and the pink flower brooch for $4 at my local Fleatique! Flea markets, estate sales, and even yard sales are great places to look.

Photo of seven colorful brooch pins, some new and some vintage. There is a popcorn pin, floral pins, and a cameo pin.

If you do head to a thrift store, keep an eye out for beads while you’re there. Sometimes you can find inexpensive strands of vintage pearls or bags of loose beads that you can repurpose!

Photo of five gold floral brooch pins with sparkly cut glass diamonds and pearls.

You can also buy pins in sets or in bulk. I found this beautiful set of 5 Assorted Pearl and Rhinestone Brooches (shown above) on Amazon. This is a great option if you’re planning a wedding and want to make brooch bracelets as Bridesmaid’s gifts, or if you just want to make a bunch to sell!

What Beads to Use

You can really use any beads you want. I used different size strands of pearl beads because the neutral ivory color seems to work well with different colors and types of brooches.

Here’s a link to the beads I bought glass pearl beads in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm sizes (link to Amazon).


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How to Keep Your Stretch Bracelet From Breaking

It’s true that stretchy bracelets can wear out over time but there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your bracelets when making and wearing them.


  • Use three overhand knots and add a bead of G-S Hypo Cement on the knot. More on that below.
  • Size your bracelet correctly. Your stretch bracelet should fit snugly enough that it doesn’t fall off but it should not be tight to the point where you need to over-stretch the cord when putting it on.
  • Roll your bracelet gently over your hand and onto your wrist to avoid over-stretching.
  • Always remove your stretch bracelets before showering, swimming, or anytime they may come in contact with water.


Photo of the supplies used to make stretch bracelets for a brooch pin bracelet.

How to Make a Brooch Pin Bracelet – 5 Easy Steps


Determine what size bracelet you need by measuring your wrist. My wrist was about 6.5″ but I measured out 7.5″ inches in bead length for a looser, more comfortable fit.

Measuring wrist with a measurement tape.
Measure your wrist.


Put your beads in a row to measure them. I’m making a 7.5-inch bracelet so I measured out the beads against a ruler to get the correct number and to make my bracelets all uniform size.

Measuring out 7.5 inches of beads to make one of the bracelets needed for a brooch bracelet.


Use your wide beading needle to thread the beads onto your stretchy cord. You can cut the cord from the roll and add a bead bug of clip to the end if you like, just make sure you have enough elastic cord and extra to knot. I kept mine on the roll while beading in this DIY.

Threading a wide bead eye needle to with stretchy cord to make brooch pin bracelets.
Use a beading needle to thread your beads onto the stretch cord.


Give your stretch cord a couple of light stretches before tying knots! Then tie with three overhand knots, tighten in different directions by pulling on the cords but do not overstretch. Cut the ends.

Photo of an overhand knot being made to finish a stretch bracelet for a vintage brooch pin bracelet.
Tie with three overhand knots.


Add a dot of G-S Hypo Cement to the knot then pull the knot under a nearby bead.

Photo of a dot of G-S hypo cement being added to the knot of a finished stretch bracelet. One of 5 needed for a brooch bracelet.
Add a dab of G-S Hypo Cement to the knot and pull it under a bead to finish.



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Repeat and make 4-6 individual bracelets depending on what you think looks best with your brooch.

Unclasp the brooch pin and slip it over all of the individual bracelets. To keep the pin from opening up add a dab of hot glue to the clasp.

Photo of a pink flower brooch bracelet on a wrist, closeup.
pink flower bracelet
Three finished bracelets a pink flower one, a vintage cameo and an gold sparkly flower with a pearl in the center.


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