Tuesday, 26 May 2015

How to make stickers into brooches



Hello! I don't know if anyone else is like this, but I have a hard time using stickers. It's just like, once you use them, that's it! I know, it's weird - and I keep buying them hoping to find the perfect place to stick them to. This has resulted in me having quite a lot of stickers but I've finally discovered the perfect use: make them into brooches! Yes!
 

I started off with these two cute rollerskating stickers that I got from a Roller Derby bout (p.s. if you're in Perth you should come to the next WARD bout! I'll be on the sidelines cheering and dreaming of the day when I'd be good enough to join in! ^___^). I didn't want to stick them to my helmet because I thought they'd probably get ruined next time I hit the decks (this happens a lot) and I figured they'd be perfect for repping derby in my everyday life ^___^ I got a lot of questions at work on how I made them, so I decided to get out my sticker collection and make some more!
 

To make your own you'll need some thin balsa wood, a scalpel, jewellery hardware, E6000 glue, PVA glue or mod podge, and some fun stickers.
 

I just stuck my stickers directly to the balsa wood, but I noticed one of them moving around while I was wearing it yesterday so in future I would brush on a very thin layer of glue before adding the stickers.


Cutting them out with the scalpel is the most time consuming part! I used the time to catch up on some Welcome to Night Vale episodes ^___^
 

Lastly, use the E6000 to glue on the jewellery hardware and leave everything to dry.
 

I made three hair clips; the popcorn one has gotten a lot of lovely compliments at work ^___^
 

The larger stickers are the best ones for brooches, as you can't see the badge backing peeking out behind them. The Hello Kitty milk choco brooch was the easiest to cut out - square stickers are definitely the way to go if you want to make one of these brooches fast!


I made three sets of earrings from these tiny animal faces. The lions were tricky due to their manes, but I really love them! ^___^
 

Lastly, I made two larger earrings from some Maneki-neko stickers Pip brought back for me from Japan, and made a ring from a fan sticker from the same set.

I've still got a lot of stickers in my collection so I think I'll be making more of these in the future, and now I have an excuse to buy even more stickers ~____^

- Lisa xx

8 comments:

kate mccurrach said...

I love this idea!! I have an entire box of stickers I don't often use but now I will have tot get them out and start wearing them!

Lisa said...

Thanks Kate! I'm glad it's not just me who's collecting them! I found some stickers that I've had since I was a kid recently so it's definitely high time they were used up ^____^

Bonita Vear said...

I have a ton of stickers and besides using them in resin, I have no idea what to do with them because like yourself I hate "using them up" on something that won't last! This is a neat idea though Lisa, thanks for sharing! I love brooches so I know I'm going to have to try this out. :D ❤

xox,
bonita of Lavender & Twill

Lisa said...

I've never worked with resin Bonita, but it's on my wish list! I do hope you try this project out though, I'd love to see your version of it ^____^

Alexandria Brady said...

I have a hard time sacrificing stickers too, it's so hard to settle on something to stick them on! I'm definitely going to be trying this out!

Lisa said...

Thanks Alexandria! I'd love to see your version if you give it a go! ^____^

katrina Beattie said...

So cute, I will have to try this.

Lisa said...

Thanks Katrina - I hope you do! ^___^