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!

You can find beautiful brooches and enamel pins almost anywhere that sells jewelry. Online, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales, and thrift shops are all good places to find beautiful pins at a great price.

You may even have a few tucked away in your jewelry box! And, turning them into beautiful statement bracelets is a great way to wear them. Get all the details below!

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Refashioned Brooch Pin Bracelet – How-to Video

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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.

Below are pins that I picked up at a local antique store, except the popcorn brooch, which I bought on Amazon.

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 bulk like these on Amazon.

Or in sets. This beautiful set of 5 Assorted Pearl and Rhinestone Brooches (shown above) was another Amazon find.

Both are great options if you’re planning a wedding and want to make brooch pin bracelets as Bridesmaid’s gifts or you want to make several bracelets to sell at a craft show or pop-up market!

What Beads to Use

You can use any beads you want. I used different size strands of pearl beads because the neutral ivory color works 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

Stretchy bracelets can indeed 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 any time they may come in contact with water.

Supplies

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

How to Make a Brooch Pin Bracelet – 5 Easy Steps

STEP 1: Measure Your Wrist

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 more comfortable fit.

Measuring wrist with a measurement tape.
Measure your wrist.

STEP 2: Measure Out The Beads

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 make my bracelets all the same size.

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

STEP 3: Use A Beading Needle

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.

STEP 4: Tie With Three Overhand Knots

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.

STEP 6: Add a Dot of G-S hypo Cement To The Knot

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.

STEP 6: Make All of The Individual Bracelets

Repeat and make 4-6 individual bracelets depending on what you think looks best with the size of 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 hand holding a pretty pink daisy flower brooch bracelet with a rhinestone center on a stretch bracelets. There are five stretch pearl bracelets that make up this statement brooch pin bracelet.
Pink flower brooch pin bracelet.
Photo of a pink flower brooch bracelet on a wrist, closeup.
Another photo of my pink flower brooch pin bracelet.

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