My sister, Stacey, is a talented artist and photographer who is always surprising me with fun things to wear to work, among other places. Her latest creation pays homage to the fabulous Paper Source catalog, which Stacey immediately opens and pores over for inspiration when it arrives in her mailbox. Accustomed to making our paper flower kits, as well as working with felt and vintage fabrics to make her own floral brooches, the colors and layout of the Paper Source catalog called out to her one day, asking to be transformed into a paper brooch.

Paper jewelry

Paper flower brooch

The weight of our catalog pages lends itself to easy cutting and shaping to form the petals of the brooch. First, Stacey selects the pages she wants to use, and then begins cutting them into rounded shapes. She scrunches the shapes side by side in a circular floral formation and uses a needle and thread to attach them to one another. She embellishes the middle section with a splash of glitter. Finally, a pin is attached to the back of the brooch for fastening onto clothing, bags, hair bands, gifts—you name it!

Whenever I wear one of these brooches to work, customers and fellow employees stop in their tracks to take a closer look and inspect Stacey’s handiwork. When I tell them the brooch was made from one of our catalogs, they are simply amazed. Who knew the pages of a catalog could be transformed into wearable art? Only at Paper Source!

–Pam, Paper Source Carlsbad Store
PS colors: fuchsia & chocolate
Latest fave: Mum Outline Flower Large Rubber Stamp


22 Responses

  1. Stephanie says:

    how about a template for making these please?

  2. LindaSonia says:

    What a fabulous idea!! I’ve often marveled at the quality of your catalogs – why didn’t I think of that?!? LOL

  3. catherine s. says:

    I cannot tell you how much I love this! I second Stephanie on a template for this – think of how happy Mother Earth would be if you provided all of us (well, just the paper hoarders and addicts out there) with something that we can upcycle all our goodies with! This project is awesome!

  4. Stacey says:

    Thank you for featuring my brooches, your catalogs are absolutely gorgeous, so I knew they would make lovely blossoms.

    Pam, this is such a beautiful write-up, thank you!! xo

  5. jenny says:

    YES! template please. Love this idea. I have so many magazines that need to be upcycled!

  6. lindy says:

    Oh yes…. Gorgeous! Thanks for a great post.

    …scatter joy…

  7. Cassi says:

    love it, please post a step by step photo tutorial for these!

  8. Marian says:

    Just echoing what others have written. I would LOVE to re-create the brooch! Instructions, please and thank you.

  9. Too cute for words – thanks for sharing and reminding me that the next project could be right in front of me! Your blog is wonderful!

  10. Kara says:

    What an amazing idea for great pages that some of us seem to collect! I would love to make these for friends just for fun… I guess I need one of your catalogs too!!! I’ll be looking out for some instructions, but until then, I may have to come up with something similar – who would have thought of a paper brooch except somebody incredible talented and clever… somebody that I want to be! 🙂

  11. susan says:

    template! tutorial! anything!!! love it.

  12. Kelli says:

    Love it! Yes, a tutorial or template would be wonderful!!

  13. jlynn says:

    love, love this idea! i think these would also look stunning using the PS striped bags…i know i have a collection that is mildly out of control!

  14. Judy says:

    I have been saving your catalogs for exactly a purpose such as this! Echo the tutorial/template requests…

  15. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to a beautiful catalog!

  16. Lynn says:

    This is adorable. I’m just amazed at some people’s talent.

  17. Pam says:

    Stacey and I are working on a template for all of you who are interested. We’ll post something here very soon! Thanks (:

  18. Lynn says:

    Gorgeous! Are you still going to post a template?

  19. Stacey says:

    Hello, if you are interested in purchasing a brooch made of paper or fabric you can contact me through my website and/or etsy shop. or

    Thank you!!

  20. Busybee says:

    I was just thinking about a paper flower.
    Thank you for this project.

  21. Sybilz says:

    Still one of my fav things from Paper Source!!! Using their recycled catalogs. Really loved the flowers they did with them on a past email banner!!!
    The catalogs are really too nice to just toss with all the bright colors.

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