DIY brooch bouquet questions!!!

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

eecuadrado:  Totoal depends what you consider “decent” size.  When I made mine I wanted it to be fairly small (sounds weird but I have a tiny head and I wanted my bouquet to be smaller than my head as to not draw attention to it lol).  I probably used 20-30 “brooches”  I put it in quotes as I also used a set of napkin rings that turned out to be some of my favorite pieces in the whole thing!  They were large too so they took up a lot of space.  I will say even with a small bouquet it is still SO. HEAVY.  so consider that as you are deciding on a size.  My poor MOH who will have to hold it for the ceremony lol.

Here is the thread on my brooch bouquet experience.  

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/brooch-bouquet-not-yet-finished/#axzz2yEOGOrf2

I’m finally finished so i’m happy to answer any questions!  It is certainly an envolved process but I am so so proud of the finished product.  I think it’ll be my single favorite DIY for the wedding.  I did not add fabric flowers, although I bought a few and tried to work them in but I wasn’t happy with how they meshed with the “brooches”.  I’ve seen some beautiful pictures online with fabric flowers though- it just wasn’t meant to be for me.  I did use the fake hydrangia underneath which worked so well.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I don’t have an exact count but it was hundreds! Every weekend I was scouting garage sales, thrift stores, eBay. I shudder to think what I ended up spending but it was fun (although a ton of work). You will want several sizes to make it work. sime saving graces I had was discovering I couls sharpe/nail polish the things to make them what I wanted (it looked great at the time but three years later it shows some wear) and I bought mother of pearl buttons and attached pearls for fillers. I had 3 total but here is pics of 2 (all I have on file)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I haven’t finished the handle part yet but I’m finished with the brooche part and got the shape all done.   I’m a bit taken back by the amout of brooches required.  I thought I had seriously over purchased but I didn’t have as much left overs as I thought I might.  I used more than brooches – rings, necklaces, earings (I had to glue brooch backs to many of them to make the wiring go well).  I liked the earrings so there were smaller pieces to fill in gaps more easily.  I started with three bunches of silk Hydrangeas for shape and they help to hide the wires now that it’s done but they are not designed to be visable in the bouquet (but you can see on close inspection).  I have also got my bouquet to be more of a 3/4 sphere with a teardrop shape in the front vs some of the half sphere dome that take less.  I have about 60 pieces in mine (two LARGE pieces) many moderate and a number of smaller ones from large rings or earrings.  It’s heavy.  My dad was so cute when he was legitimately concerned someone would DIE when I tossed it (yea… no tossing this one!) 

This was INCREDIBLY time consuming and had a learning curve –  it sliced up my hands – it had to be taken apart and reworked a couple times.  I can’t count the hours it took just to purchase enough jewelry to go into it.   If you are not crafty and won’t find this fun I imagine some of the cheaper premaid ones are worth the cost even though they are pricey.  If you won’t love making yours for yourself, it’s not a great DIY.

I found the earrings and rings to be the cheaper pieces (even when grouped into threes and make up the size of a brooche).   Some of these came from thrift shops and ebay in lots for about .50-1 + shipping if it’s from ebay.   Brooches are in vouge and they got bid up faster and higher on ebay when I was looking.  The thrift stores were also regularly cleaned out of them although they said they get a LOT.  The flea markets were just too pricey around here.  Brooches ran around $1.50-2 on the low side and they got quite expensive if you want them to have brand names attached or had an unusal or extra pretty style.   If you want antiques be careful – a lot of now china stuff which might not preserve as well.  If you don’t care about china stuff you might want to look at aliexpress.  you’re typically having to buy 12 of a style but if a single color and repeated designs best suits your desires it’s a good place to get lots and guarentee matching sets.   I likely spent somewhere from $200-$300 on the supplies hoping to make one for my MOH too and I haven’t started the handle aspect yet.  I did over buy due to lacking experience but I plan to pack up my extras and sell them back to ebay where I bought a number of my lots to start with.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Wow, way to go mill. Granted I did three but I bet I spent 75plus hours not counting shopping. Geez maybe more. I started very early and did what I could hack each week!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Here’s my brooch bouquet experience – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/so-you-think-you-can-make-a-brooch-bouquet/#axzz2yEwXTIhh<br />

 

I’ve thrown in a few tips etc. I was told by a brooch bouquet maker to avoid using styrofoam or anything underneath to help shape, as it deteriorates over time and falls to pieces, so I hand shaped mine (I was crazy!) I’ve got over 100 pieces in there, and adding more by the day to hide gaps and wires (I started off by placing them on stems, and the left overs I’m individually wiring them to the bouquet). I’ve probably put over 100hrs in mine, as I did a mock up and hated it and pulled it apart. I also had to re-wire the stems as the first lot of stems I used was to thick (I ended up using 22gauge wire) 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

eecuadrado:  I thought about DIY-ing my bouquet and priced out what it would cost to make it versus buy it. To make it, I needed to invest in roughly ~$175 of materials. But once I factored in that it would take me around 40 hours to make it, I decided to just trust an expert and buy one. Mine was $240. I highly recommend this Etsy Seller, NicolasaCicero. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

eecuadrado:  Thanks. I think you can get lots of brooches on Ebay all in a certain color scheme. Also, if you don’t limit yourself to only brooches and also include buttons, cufflinks, pendants, earrings, etc I think that will help. There are some good DIY videos out there on how to make it look fuller and use the hydrangea base (mine actually has that, but I didn’t notice until AFTER the wedding, lol). You are very brave for taking this on yourself, lol!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

eecuadrado:  $100 might be difficult to be honest.  With wire, foral tape, e9000 glue, brooche backs to glue to other pieces and my flower filler I think I was already close to $30.   To wrap the handle where is fabric or ribbon amd then you need corsage pins with will likely be another $10.  This is without the jewelery or the gas needed to find them.  If you’re willing to have duplicates and definately looking at new items from china you may be ok.  The cheapest brooches I’ve seen at sold in dozens from china for $6 something on aliexpress.  The issue is they are generally identical.  I’ve seen some bouquets done with identical brooches or the other possibility is to team up with someone else and split the lots or even sell the other brooches on ebay you don’t use as there is an ebay market for these brooches for sure. 

If you’re already going the chinese brooche method you might want to consider buying a bouquet made there to save the patience factor:

This one isn’t a fully brooche bouquet but it’s $43 and I couldn’t even think of making one for that.  They sell full brooche bouquets but they are about $150-$200 which isn’t as much as you’d get one for on etsy but it’s out of the window you mentioned.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wedding-Accessories-Wedding-Bouquet-Champagne-Pure-manual-simulation-bouquet-WB0021/1539538248.html

 

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