Antique Brooch Necklace
by Michelle Bingham Follow

I inherited a bunch of fabulous brooches, clip earrings and costume jewelry necklaces from family members and wanted to make a statement necklace like all the ones I have seen at JCrew and Anthropologie, but for almost no cost.



Select your pieces

I laid out the items I was willing to use for this project and got my pliers out to remove any earring backs. Being that this is a very trendy necklace I decided not to remove the brooch backings, just in case I wanted to use them as brooches later.

Layout your necklace design

I chose a light brown felt as my backing so it wouldn't be very noticeable against my pale skin. Each piece was placed in a design I felt was pleasing.

Trace your design

I used a felt tip marker and just made a dotted line around my layout.

Cut out your felt backing

Then I cut out the felt backing along my dotted line.

Pin brooches into place

Since I didn't take the brooch parts off and don't want to glue them, I pinned my brooches in place.

Glue other pieces onto backing

Using a hot glue gun I glued the other pieces I had into place.

Stabilize brooches

Since the brooches were big and pretty heavy I sewed them onto the felt in a few places to make the necklace a bit more stable.

Attach chain

I used a preexisting chain I had and used a jump ring to attach the 2 ends to the chain and even ended up sewing the chain onto the back to keep everything in place and in a non-permanent way. I also used some antique buttons to fill in a few empty spots in my design. You could sew or glue them.


My plan is to wear this to a friend's wedding on the beach in April.

Discussion 14

  • Anna @ Mormor hade stil commented 6 years ago

    Clever and beautiful!

  • Barb Ballard commented 7 years ago

    This is beautiful and inspirational.  It also looks great on you. Could show a picture of the back after you attached the chain. I'm not sure I get how you connected it.  Did you sew jump rings onto the backing?

    Michelle Bingham replied 6 years ago

    Yes, I used jump rings to attach the chain necklace to the backing. 

  • GeorgiaRose commented 7 years ago

    Awesome. Now I know what to do with all my costume jewelry that I never wear ;)

  • SownBrooklyn commented 7 years ago

    This is lovely!! I have some of my late grandma's brooches that would be perfect for this!

  • TheMissLinds commented 7 years ago

    you uploaded more pictures! this looks even more amazing on!

  • andreapgn commented 7 years ago

    I love this. I need to go check my stash of bright, shiny things now.

  • Max of Moxy Metals commented 7 years ago

    I like the idea of keeping a soft backing to the piece, I find with a lot of vintage jewelry there are prickly or rough edges.  Nice solution.

  • Nora commented 7 years ago

    This is so gorgeous and great instructions, too!

    Nora replied 7 years ago

    PS Hope to get to see that with your outfit for the wedding :)

    Michelle Bingham replied 7 years ago

    Thanks! I am wearing a strapless brown dress I bought years and years ago. Being a stay at home mom I try to be super frugal so I figured if I wear an old dress I need some new bling to go with it. The wedding is in late April so I will be sure to get a photo to post on here. Glad you like the tutorial!

    Michelle Bingham replied 7 years ago

    Check out my new pics from the wedding!

  • vvonder commented 7 years ago

    Indeed such a statement piece, and easy to make! 

  • TheMissLinds commented 7 years ago

    WOW! Great idea, this is really stunning. 

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