Thursday, January 16, 2014

Valentine Pin/Brooch - Craft Lightning Valentine's Edition

It's that time again!

Another round of Craft Lightning and this one is in celebration of Valentine's Day!

For those of you who are new here..."Craft Lightning" is a craft that you can make in 15 minutes or less (minus drying time) and it is hosted by the awesome Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage!

I wanted to make something that could be "worn" on valentine's day, but with a time constraint of 15 minutes, I wasn't sure what I could make that would fall into the "wearable" category.

After perusing the local craft store for inspiration, I came up with the idea of a Valentine's Day Pin/Brooch.

At first glance, it might appear as if this pin had to take more than 15 minutes, since there is a crocheted backing on it, but that is where my inspiration came from...I was shopping at JoAnn's and spotted these adorable crocheted doily pieces in a bin!
They had several sizes and two colors, white and ecru or off white.

I immediately thought of valentine's day and of course a pin seemed feasible if I kept it small.

As you may know from my previous posts...I am a hoarder of all sorts of household items that can be recycled or upcycled into crafts, so I used a plastic food container lid for the backing on the pin.
(Just a note here...if you are going to put a lot of jeweled pieces or heavy pieces on the brooch, you might need to use a heavier backing than I did...such as thick cardboard, metal or wood)

I cut out a piece of scrapbook paper to attach to the plastic on the side that was going next to the lace doily, as I didn't want the red plastic to show through on that side.

A bar pin was added to the back of the plastic piece.

I layered a piece of dark red felt on top of the doily and then added the bling!

I have been collecting tons of jewelry pieces at yard sales, flea markets and estate sales just waiting for the perfect project to come along to use them!

The piece I used here was a vintage "clip-on" earring.
I removed the clip from the back using some of my jewelry making tools, so that the piece would lay flat.

For the final touch, I added some metallic red cord around the heart and some shiny gold/bronze ribbon behind the doily and my Valentine brooch was ready to wear!

I would like to thank Angie and Carolina once again for allowing me to be part of their great Craft Lightning Series! It's always so much fun!

Hope you enjoyed my post and if you'd like to make a pin yourself, here is a photo summary of the steps:

Here is a photo of the tools and supplies I used with a detailed list following:

Tools/Supplies Used:

Darice Crocheted Lace Doily, 100% Cotton (Purchased from JoAnn's)
Felt (Dark Red)
Plastic Food Container Lid
Old Jewelry Piece
Bar Pin, 1.5", Gold, Jewelry Craft
Heart Stencil, Assorted Design Template #TMP-4, Pioneer Photo Albums Inc.
Scrapbook Patterned Paper - Bitty Scrap Pads, Heritage Post, Provo Craft
Ribbon, Sheer, Bronze/Gold, (wired)
Metallic Cord, Red
Paper Weights (to hold down pieces while drying)
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Aleene's Jewel-It Embellishing Glue
E6000 Glue
Fons & Porter Mechanical Fabric Marking Pencil
#2 Pencil
Chain Nose Plier
Round Nose Plier
Heavy Duty Cutco Scissors (Used to cut plastic lid and the wire ribbon)
Small pointed Scissors
Toothpicks (to help with gluing the metallic cord around the heart)

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Angie Holden said...

Adorable! Thanks for participating!

Stuff-n-Such By Lisa said...

Thank-you Angie!

Carolina said...

Such a great brooch. And I can't believe that bit of bling you added used to be an earring. It totally looks like it belongs in this setting!

Stuff-n-Such By Lisa said...

Thanks so much Carolina!
I had fun making it and was glad to find a use for all the old jewelry I have been collecting lately!

Laura @ House Of Joyful Noise said...

Very nice, Lisa! My mother in law has always worn pins for different holidays. The older I get, the more I love wearing them on coats and scarves myself. Thanks for the sweet idea! - Laura