Monthly Makers advent calendar: DIY antler brooches

by Jessica

DIY antler brooches Monthly Makers advent calendar
Time for me to post another DIY for the Monthly Makers advent calendar, and today we’re making these antler brooches! They work all year really but are perfect for Christmas parties and/or gifts. 20151120_4907

What you’ll need:

  • Brooch backings
  • White polymer clay
  • Super glue
  • Some kind of sharp tool


Start by grabbing a lump of clay.

Knead it in your hands for a while to make it warm and soft.  20151120_4890Then make a flat shape that fits an antler and simply draw an antler on it using your tool. You can make a paper template for this if you want, as you’ll be trying to make another one that looks the same and it might make it easier. I love paper templates. (Didn’t make one this time though, for some reason.)20151120_4894Then, following the lines, cut out the antler. 20151120_4901Remove the excess clay and refine the edges with your fingers and generally shape it like you want. Just make it nice and smooth.20151120_4899Put the antler on baking paper and do some finishing touches. If you have to move it after doing your finishing touches you might have to redo some stuff, and we don’t want that. (Pro tip from Alicia’s post, work on the baking paper all the time as it will be cleaner and won’t leave them all dusty and ugly.) 20151120_4904
Make another one in the same way! But reversed. And then, here’s the important part, read the instructions on the clay and FOLLOW THEM when putting them in the oven. Polymer clay emits poisonous gas if it’s too warm, so just follow the instructions, okay?20151120_4959And then use your SUPER GLUE to glue the brooch backings to the back of the antlers. 20151120_4960And then you’re done! 20151120_4978
Just put them on your favourite sweater, give them to a friend or keep them in a drawer forever. Anything works.



Monthly Makers advent calendar:
Starting 29th November the hosts of Monthly Makers will be posting a Christmas inspired DIY-project every day, read more about it and see links to all the posts so far HERE. Oh and follow along on Facebook.

Have you tried following any of our instructions, or do you have a DIY-project, recipe or general Christmas tip of your own you want to share? Comment with a link or send an e-mail to and we’ll share it on our Facebook page or on our blogs.

Yesterday it was Alicia’s day and tomorrow it’s Elsa!

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Anna María December 17, 2015 - 9:59 am

I love Christmas brooches. This one is really cute. Nice!

Mikaela December 17, 2015 - 1:58 pm

De var de här som fick mig att börja följa din blogg för flera år sen, så fina! Tips på var man kan hitta broschdelen? 🙂

linnea December 17, 2015 - 6:28 pm

så himla söta, särskilt placeringen på koftan!

Sandra December 18, 2015 - 8:37 am

Alltså wow, Jessica, de är så himla fina! Älskar horn och nu när jag heter Hjort hade det ju passat ypperligt med hornbroscher 😉

Ruth | December 18, 2015 - 9:21 pm

Sjukt snygg!!

Linnéa Elisabeth December 19, 2015 - 4:34 pm

OH my! Så magiskt fina!!! Nästa år bara måste jag köpa lera för det är ju ca det roligaste som finns och inte speciellt dyrt heller, men av nån anledning har jag ändå inte tagit mig för att inhandla det??! Dessa får mig btw att tänka på patronusar. Kanske lite långsökt, men så är det. <3


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