I recently bought a new blazer and decided I needed a new brooch to go with it. Etsy was my first stop and I found some I really liked, but just couldn’t bring myself to purchase one. I was convinced I could make something. Caitlin and I discussed it and she reminded me about the hippo brooch Kurt wore on Glee a few seasons ago. And so it began.
plastic animal figurine of your choosing
knife for cutting in half
small wood pieces for mounting
glue (I used a glue pen)
I started by cutting the duck in half. This was a bit of a pain and took some time. I used the exact same method that Caitlin used when she made her animal magnets.
Then I glittered it one color section at a time. I used purple, red, green, and yellow glitters. They were incandescent so mistakes are not as obvious. For the glittering part, I did this over a box that Caitlin constructed so the glitter didn’t get everywhere. I also folded a piece of paper in half so I could funnel the extra glitter back into the container.
Between glittering as I let the glue dry, I painted my wood mounting piece. In the supply photos you’ll see a pack of little flat baseballs- one of those was my mounting. I painted several layers and no one knows that it was formerly a baseball.
When everything was dry, I sprayed it with a little sealant to keep the glitter in place and hot glued it to the wood and then the pin backing.
Here it is complete:
I wore it to work today and got several compliments and two requests to make more! My new duck friend was a hit!
And what about the deer from the first photo, you ask? Well, I made a brooch out of that, too:
Just the insides of the ears and the spots are glittered. This one took about 1 minute to complete.
I have so many other glitter animals I want to make now, like a turkey for Thanksgiving. I still want to make a dinosaur one, I just have to find the right dino first.
Happy glittering to you!