Sooo, I raided my craft supplies and, searching for cheap and easy projects, I
All I had to do was wrap some fabric - old Martha Stewart sheets - around some beads, trimmed it down to a rosette-ish shape and finished it with Fray-Check. You guys, I am seriously addicted to Fray-Check. I put it on EVERYTHING.
To turn it into a brooch I just stitched the fabric to a safety pin.
I have enjoyed wearing it as a brooch (obv) and as a way to fancy up a simple ponytail.