Here’s the deal. Im trying to make my own brooch bouquet but I have no direction on what to do with it. Originally I wanted it all silver, now I want it to be silver, purple, and ivory. I’m contemplating adding silk roses or just sticking with just brooches and pearls. Please give me some direction. I’m using 4 hydrangeas btw. Also did anyone glue any brooches on? I’m not sure how to get the brooches to stay on the sides. Thanks in advance! Oh I’m on my phone so this post may look a hot mess.
@1blingedoutbride: Mine was all brooches and pearls. I personally think they look better without the flowers. Could you get some colored brooches? Here’s a couple of pics:
You can also see my sister-in-law and BMs tweaking it at the very beginning of our video the morning of the wedding here: http://vimeo.com/84385026
The brooches were twisted on a wire (like above), and she bought a plastic boquet holder thing from Michaels (the kind without the foam), and stuck the stems in there. It gave it a really nice form. Beware, these suckers can get HEAVY. Mine was almost 10 lbs!
Definitely go on youtube or pinterest and look up some tutorials. Use heavy wire and a glue gun to attach metal wire stems on the brooches. I’ve heard to avoid floral wire as it’s not as strong. You can get a round styrofoam ball (floral section) to hold all the stems in place instead of hydrangas. Don’t glue the brooches directly to the flowers – glue the brooches to the wire and stick the wire into the floral ball.
@1blingedoutbride: Also, your purple flower looks like a sola flower. I love sola flowers. I’m debating making sola bouquets for the bridesmaids and my toss bouquet. Maybe even flower crowns for the flower girls. These pics don’t belong to me, they are from Etsy seller CuriousFloralCrafts. Her work is beautiful.
@1blingedoutbride: I used 22 gauge wire for the lighter brooches, and 20 gauge for the heavier ones. They were definitely strong enough. Most only required 2 long pieces of wire, because I doubled them over. When I twisted the stems with the drill, there were 4 ends. I hope that made sense…
I DIY’ed brooch bouquet with 4 hydrangea like you – I used 4 because I wanted the shape to be big and full like a traditional bouquet but I wanted it to be all brooches instead.
Don’t worry about the brooches on the side. the plastic stems of the hydrangea flowers are thick enough to hold the wired brooches and when you wrap (read: duck tape) them together once they are set the way you’d like, they won’t move! I duck taped mine then wrapped them with silk ribbon and it worked perfect.
I made sure to bring a heavy vase to hold my bouquet in when I wasn’t holding as it does get super heavy. You can see some of the white petals might peak out along the edge but its better than not having them to shape the bouquet.
Just add more color and keep adjusting them until you like the way it looks.
There are lots of purple brooches on ebay and in thrift stores.
Thanks for suggestions everyone. I have been on Youtube several times. Still can’t figure out the holding them in place part. I will go back and get metal wire because like someone said, it’s not that strong.