Look around your house and through your accessories wardrobe. Be sure to include your stored Christmas decorations and other holiday home goods. You will be surprised at how many objects you have around your house that will be enhanced with a splash of rhinestone sparkle, colorful bead work, or even simple stamped brass collage pins.
Lay out your chosen goodies along with your collected brooches and see how they can work together in style and color coordination.
Here are a few options to consider:
On Fabric Belts: Pinned to the fabric webbing on a belt near the D-ring or closure a brooch can add interest to an outfit.
On handbags: Have a handbag that could use some dressing up? Pin on a brooch for a customized statement.
On scarves and shawls: Not a new idea, but a fancy brooch pinning a scarf to a coat on the lapel is prettier than a safety pin onside the collar. It will also prevent your losing the scarf.
On window treatments: Stick pins are an interesting way to tie back a lace panel.
Pillows: A flash of rhinestone or colored glass on a decorative pillow can dress up any occasional chair.
On tote bags: Why not use a pine to close the top of a tote bag? This is a security option as well – open tote bags are easy marks for pickpockets.
Do you wear hats? Felt hats as well as knitted hats are an ideal spot on which to add a stylish embellishment, and they are a fun place to add a bit of silliness if you wish to make a humorous statement.
Having a dinner party? Fancy up the dinner table with a brooch pinned at the corners of your tablecloth. This will also keep your tablecloth from sliding by adding a bit of weight at the corners.
Dress up a Christmas Stocking: Pinning brooches and pins to a Christmas stocking can give a bit of enchantment to a long-used Christmas accessory.
Christmas tree ornaments: If the pin or brooch is not too heavy for the branch, why not position rhinestone brooches in such a way that the lights on the tree reflect their light into the room. A wire Christmas ornament hanger can be easily used by threading it between the pin back and the brooch itself.
Wreaths and evergreen sprays: If you wreath or spray is indoors or protected from the elements, you could pin a fancy brooch on to the bow of your wreath or evergreen spray for a touch of elegance.
These are just a few ideas of how to make use of your non-valuable costume jewelry and colorful baubles which might otherwise just rest in your jewelry box unused.