Monday, May 28, 2012

Repurposed Materials Brooch


This flower brooch was made from a plastic bag and distressed and crumpled pages from a clothing catalog. The skeleton is a digi from Smeared Ink. I was trying to come up with an idea for a challenge on Smeared and Smudged called Junk Funk. The challenge was to use plastic bags in a craft creation. I was stumped until I realized the plastic was almost like using tissue paper and voila a brooch was born. I decided to really repurpose and used paper from a catalog for a little color and texture.

The brooch is further embellished with a poker chip, an embroidered red flower, black and white tape yarn and a red rhinestone.

Along with the challenge on Smeared and Smudged, I am also entering this brooch in the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe's Crafts - #24 anything goes
Smudgy Antics - embellish it
Crafts and Me - fabulous flowers
Penny's Paper Crafty - #80 anything goes
Haunted Design House - #135 distress it

I hope you take a minute and look at the above listed sites. The Design Teams work very hard to produce samples that inspire others to be creative.


Pia S said...

This is such a cool design! WOW!

Andrea C said...

It looks brilliant and repurposed as well, double score. Love it, thanks for sharing with us at Haunted Design House x

blackdragon said...

Wendy this is fantastic.... what a great way to recycle plastic bags!
Thank you for joining us at SMUDGY ANTICS and HDH this week..... you can also enter this at ....its a great challenge blog especially for those of us who love to recycle!

crafty amy said...

What a great card :D Thank you for joining us at Crafts and Me and good luck.

Amy xx

I Don't Do Straight said...

Great Broach and a cool way to re-cycle plastic bags. Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics and Haunted Design House :)

DonnaMundinger said...

Gorgeous! I would totally wear this and recycling to boot! Thanks for joining us for MM at HDH. xxD

ike said...

Fabulous idea and I love your creation. Thank you for joining us at Smudgy Antics and Haunted Design House. :-)

Tori said...

WOW! Extremely creative! Love the repurposing and great use of a plastic bag! That was a hard one!! Wonderful work - I love it!


Monique's art said...

wow this is so clever, I love the brooch, fab Idea and love the skullie thanks for sharing at smudgy Antics

Melanie said...

Such a great project!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything goes" challenge & good luck in the draw…

(DT Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges)

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

hi Wendy, A fantastic way to up-cycle those plastic bags and what a statement piece to wear! fabulous! Thank you for sharing with us at both Smudgy Antics and Haunted Design House this week

mags said...

Unusual and creative project. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty challenges and good luck.

~Lady B~ said...

This rocks! I love your brooch and love that you used a plastic bag in the making of it. Very clever! Awesome job...I'd totally wear it! Thanks for playing with Smudgy Antics :)

Chris Stern / CS Designs said...

Hi Wendy, This is just so cool. I love your brooch and I'm even more impressed that you made it from a plastic bag. This would be a great project to enter in the Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent Challenge at:

:) Chris / CS Designs said...

You are amazing! such a wonderful piece of art. i love it.
susan s.