How to Make | Shrink Plastic Flower Brooch

This flower brooch designed by Kirsty Neale is made from layers of shrink plastic with curved petals to echo the look of mid-century enamel brooches.

You Will Need:

  • White shrink plastic
  • Permanent marker pens
  • Heat gun (or oven)
  • Large wooden bead
  • Seed beads, gems or fancy buttons
  • Brooch pin
  • Strong glue
  • Flower templates

 Shrink plastic flower brooch

Here’s how to make the shrink plastic flower brooch…

1. Use the templates to trace and then cut out one small and one or two large flowers from shrink plastic, depending on whether you want to make a two- or three-layer brooch.

2. Colour both sides of the plastic with permanent marker pens. You can either use a single shade, or blend two together for a different look. Don’t worry if the ink looks streaky – this just adds to the finished effect.

3. Take the small flower and shrink, using a heat gun or the oven. While the plastic is still warm, carefully pick it up and curve the petals gently around a large wooden bead.

4. Heat the large flower(s) in the same way, but instead of using a bead, shape the petals around the smaller flower.

5. Stick the flowers together, one inside the other. Add seed beads, a gem or button to the centre. Glue a brooch pin to the back of the finished flower.

This project has been excerpted from 101 Ways to Stitch Craft Create Vintage.

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