January 31, 2012

What to Do With a Broken Brooch

Oh no!
I love this brooch from Kohl's but unfortunately the pin on the back broke off. I couldn't bear to throw it away so I came up with an idea. I had some ribbon lying around and got to work.

What you'll need:
- Brooch
- Ribbon of your choice
- Tweezers

Step 1: Thread the ribbon through an open hole towards you. I followed where the old pin was as a starting reference.

Step 2: Thread the ribbon through another hole next to the first one used and push to the back side of the brooch.

Step 3: Pull the ribbon through so that each sides measure up.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other end. I found that it helped to push the ribbon through with a bobby pin.

Step 5: Pull the ribbon through.


All finished!

I found that there were two ways I could wear it:

Pull a Blair Waldorf and wear it as a headband. Or...

I've been wearing it as a choker with my white button up shirt. The white ribbon hid the fact it wasn't pinned to my shirt. I get lots of compliments when I wear it like this.

How would you wear it? Would you give this DIY a try?


  1. Ooh great ideas! I love both! Very creative :)

  2. How creative!! I have so much broken jewellery that I need to fix.

    1. I know :( I'm still coming up with creative things for my earrings

  3. Very environmentally-conscious of you! Great idea!

  4. That's a really great way to repurpose something that's broken! It looks great as a headband :)

  5. That first pic is so cute! And this was a great idea.i loveee how it looks with the button up! Youre the shit!

  6. You are so adorable!! Very creative and I love my versatility lol


  7. TOtally love this, and adore how you wore it! I wouldn't even mind if I saw the ribbon hanging down as a necklace. COuld be cute with a tee, perhaps? {kind of want a brooch to break, haha}

    1. Ooh that's an idea! Don't go breaking any brooches :p

  8. So clever! I love this idea, and I think it would totally work with a non-broken brooch, too.

    1. Yes but sadly this one was broken hehe

  9. I want to give you a creativity award for this post. I'm not a fan of brooches but I would certainly wear this as a necklace.


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