DIY with your Grandmother's Brooches

 Pretty, Peppy, Popular & Poised. That's Alma.

Pretty, Peppy, Popular & Poised. That's Alma.

A few years ago, Chris' Noni passed away.  Noni LOVED jewelry.  She was always bejeweled whenever you saw her with beautiful diamonds and fun costume jewelry, usually bought from QVC. Whenever I saw her all dolled up I would think of the quote "Frost Yourself!" from How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.

 Mrs. De Lauer in the Frost Yourself commercial

Mrs. De Lauer in the Frost Yourself commercial

I was lucky enough to get to look through some of her fun costume jewelry while we were home for her funeral and she had an insane amount of brooches.  I don't really know anyone these days that wears brooches so I think most of the family passed over them.  My mother-in-law would always tell me how beautiful their home was during the holidays growing up and she has definitely followed in her footsteps with making her home feel warm and festive for the holidays.  When I saw the brooches I had the idea to turn them into napkin rings that could be brought out for the holidays. Not only are they beautiful, but I thought it would be so nice to have a piece of their grandmother at the table every Christmas.

Because there were so many to choose from, I was able to keep a theme with the napkin rings.  I focused on finding circular brooches or ones that were really eye catching and sparkly.  Once I chose the twelve brooches, I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to get the napkin rings.  I tore off the needle of each brooch to allow them to lay flat and I super glued them to the ring.

I still had a bag full of brooches left over from this project so I made Christmas ornaments out of the those remaining and sent a few to each of Noni's children.  The holidays are always when you miss your loved ones the most and I loved the idea of bringing out her brooches to hang on the tree each year.

These can be easily be made with just a little ribbon and hot glue.

If you don't have any of your grandmothers brooches but like this idea, thrift stores have TONS of fun brooches that would be great for funky or festive napkin rings. :)