Help! How do I make a vintage brooch bouquet?

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I may be drooling.  These are amazing!  Good luck, Alisha!  Let us know how it comes out.  And don’t mind me while I squirrel away brooches for the next 9 months…

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I saw that pic too!  I even added it to my inspiration board.  But I think I’m just going to add to a flower bouquet, rather than do the whole thing…good luck and be sure to let us know how it goes!

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ok I am doing brooches for the women in my life instead of corsages, I never thought of doing this. I did find a great web site if it helps. Lots of nice brooches, and good prices!

http://www.grannysjewelrybox.com

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hello everyone,

I have quite enjoyed this post, I typed in “how to make a brooch bouquet” and this is what I found. I am a Bride-to-Be and also getting married 10-10-10, and have taken on the task myself to make a brooch bouquet. I came accross these bouquets on one of my random wedding searches and fell in love. I will be having a DIY wedding and am hoping for an eclectic vintage feel, and this just fits with my style. I would make this for myself even if I wasn’t getting married. I am at the collecting stage myself and here are the top places I have been using to collect my brooches:

ETSY: click on all items in a search and type in “brooch” or specific brooches you are looking for, like in my case “silver brooch”, “brown brooch”, and “green brooch”. Alisha ask your friend what she likes in regards to colours, flowers, shapes, and even animals and this will give you an idea of the vaious brooches you can look for. So far I have spent hours just sifting through all the different finds on the internet to find the perfect brooches for this bouquet. I have been typing in $0-$6 price range to keep the cost down, also look for sellers who will do combined shipping.

EBAY: Very similar to ETSY I have just been searching and searching. Make sure you set a price limit per brooch so you don’t go crazy with the cost. No matter how much I love the brooch I will not spend more than $7 per brooch including shipping, it takes some searching but it is possible. Also a little trick, type in “Brooch Lot” you will find sellers putting together up to 100 or more random brooches in one listing and selling them all together as a lot. I have seen some for arounf $25 for that many brooches. I have not yet jumped on this however because I am being very picky with what I want.

Dollar Stores: I went to my local Dollar Store (DOLLARAMA) and looked in the jewelry section and beleive it or not but brooches are back in style these days and I found two simple silver flower brooches that wre just what I was looking for. $1 plus tax each 🙂

Wal-Mart: Also look in the jewelry section at Wal-Mart, I found some really cute brooches here too, but they weren’t the colours I was looking for. They are from the GEORGE collection.

Kijiji: As with the other online searches type in what you are looking for in a search and voila. Just make sure you are looking in the area closest to you because it is likely you ill have to go pick up the items.

Garage Sales: This is what I will be hitting up in the summer!

Flea Markets, Retro Store, Second Hand Stores and Antique Stores: Others have mentioned this as well, I intend to spend some of my Saturdays on the hunt for cheap finds.

Family and Friands: I have put the work out to family and friends about what my next project is and I have had a lot of my female family members tell me that they will look in their drawers to see what they can find. It also hels to have extra eyes to spot out some good finds.

Michael’s Craft Store: I haven’t gone yet for this project, but it hasn’t let me down yet. You can find all kinds of inspirational things in this store to add as much bling and pizazz to this project.

Even though I am trying to keep the cost of individual brooches down, it is very clear that you will need quite a few to make a full bouquet. I started my search a week ago and so far I have 2 brooches from Dollarama, 9 from sellers on ETSY, 1 from EBAY, my mom bought 2 for me from sellers on Kijiji and she found 1 in a box of random items she got at an estate sale, and thank goodness for moms she has 2 she had in her drawer that she is giving me, I found 1 in my jewelry box that came attached to a shirt I bought years ago (forgot I even had it)… So in total I have 18 brooches and not including the couple my mom bought, I have spend a total of $53. That works out to be about $3 each, so I’d say I am not doing too bad. For all of you thinking about taking this on, I’d say it is totally doable, you just have to have a strategy and set a budget per brooch because you don’t want to find out in the end that you have spend a big chunk of your wedding budget on this one item (even though it is beautiful).

I quite enjoy DIY projects and consider myself to be quite crafty at times (I also have a store on ETSY to sell some of my creations). My plan of action for putting this whole thing together is the following (I’ll keep you posted on how it works out when I get to that point):

1. Take each individual brooch and secure a medium gage craft wire around the pin latch wrapping it through several times and extending the wire down 7-8 inches.

2. Take pipe cleaners (From the dollar store for $1 bag of 20 or more) and wrap 1 pipe cleaner down around the secured wire (This will give some extra thickness to the wire and you will see why in the next step).

3. Take green floral tape (from Michaels or a floral store) and wrap this from the top of your attached wire all the way to the bottom of your 7-8 inch piece. This will make it look like a flower stem and the pipe cleaner will add dimention making it more realistic. If you want to take the extra time and effort, cut leaf shaps out of the left over florist tape and attach it to the underside of the brooch covering up the pin and wire attached.

4. Carefully place the brooch stems together, fitting them in and alternating heights. As you build it together stop occassionally and wrap some wire or pipe cleaners around the bunch mid-way down the stems to make it extra secure. Continue until you use up all the brooches and get the fullness desired.

5. Purchase ribbon in the colour and thickness you like (I bought a spool of white ribbon that is about 4 inches wide at Dollarama) take this ribbon and wrap t arounf your gathered bunch of stems, either pinning it in place or hot glueing it. Then add any additional decoration to it as you wish (exp. a bow, crystals, shells, feathers, pearls). I am planning on taking a stand of (fake, dollarstore) pearls and glueing them around the ribbon.

6. Add any other final touches to it as you see fit. Voila! (I hope lol)

I hope this helps, this is what I have come up with and I figure I have some time to sort out any glitches along the way. If I remember to I will take pictures at each step and post it because thats one thing that I was looking for and all I could find was pictures of the finished project… which of course dowsn’t give you an idea of how it was created. The bouquets that I have seen so far are beautiful, but I can’t bring myself to spending $350-$500 on one of these bouquets, as a DIY Bride.

🙂

Good Luck

Bri

 

 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

So, i’m resurrecting this post b/c i never saw these before and I ABSOLUTELY love them.  It’s my new obsession of the last 3 hours!

@cybele – I have no idea how to make this, but am wondering why you are saying that it is much more difficult than the button bouquet for instance?  Is it just the difficulty of getting the brooches, or is there something about the makeup of these brooches (which on first observation would require wrapping the pin part open using floral wire or something of that sort to create a sturdy stem at a 90degree angle to the “flower” and then arrange like a bouquet–but that could be TOTALLY wrong) that I am not seeing or recognizing?  

Any pointers or suggestions about how to accomplish them via DIY would be great!!!

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee

These things have gotten so popular thanks to that OBB post! It is so hard to find the vintage brooches… I definitely recommend ebay, 100%, and don’t go all vintage.

I think the biggest part is finding cheap brooches. You don’t want to spend $500 to do this, do you? Plus all that work… phew. Call up family members, see what they have! 🙂

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Also, you can ask your florist to make one. Seriously. I was telling my florist about it and she was like “Oh, I can totally do that!!!” so that’s another option if you have the brooches but not the know how.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ Bri – I skipped down to add my post before I went through all of them and I just now got to reading yours.  THANK YOU for such detailed info!! I would love to do this & your pointers & advice are GREAT!! I can’t wait to start my scavenging!!

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

What I’m wondering isn’t so much how to get the brooches, but how to put it together? Does anyone know?

Post # 26
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Read my post #19 at the bottom…

Post # 27
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hello!  I am inspired to do this too.  I live in KC and have hit up every thrift store in the city.  If any other brides in KC are trying to do this, sorry, I snatched ’em all up already!

I went to a flea market and seriously got 20 in one shot.  Try this!  I also asked all my friends and family to help and I have recieved several this way.  I have also purchased clip earrings and rings.  I picked up 3-4 at Forever 21, they are more expensive, but crazy cute!

I will post pics when done…anyone else out there done with one yet?

Heres a question…what to do for the bridesmaids bouquets? 

 

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just got a bug in my butt to look up brooch bouquets because I have a bunch lying around from my “dress up” days when I was a kid. I found if you go on ebay and type in “vintage brooch lot” you get lots of about 25 brooches a piece starting at .99!!! I think I might buy a bunch and make them for the BMs too!

@bri – Thanks for the tips. I tried it with some of what I have and it seems to work pretty well. The only trouble I’m having in the layering part because of the different sizes and shapes of the brooches. Not only that when I layer it makes the “stems” dfferent lengths. Just some food for thought. I figured out that when wrapping the ribbon you can cut the bottoms off of the “stems” with a wire cutter and then maker sure the ribbon is wrapped around the bottom.

Post # 30
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi!  I’m making a beautiful brooch bouquet for my daughter’s wedding in May. 

I wrote a sweet note explaining how sentimental my daughter is, and that though her wedding will be small, she wished there was a way all of our family and friends could be represented.  I printed the note on pretty floral cards, downloaded the picture of the bouquet I found on etsy – and had 60 copies made of it, along with copies of a great picture of my daughter and her fiance. 

I bought several 10-packs of the small padded envelopes from Walmart ($4.50 for 10), and put the card, the two pictures, and a self-addressed and stamped padded envelope in a larger envelope and sent it off to my friends and family.  I gave them a deadline – two weeks – and asked them to donate a piece of jewelry, either new or used.  I found some great and inexpensive brooches on ebay last week – a set of 7 large colorful ones for $20. 

I’ve already gotten over 30 pieces of donated jewelry – and everyone was thrilled to be asked to be part of my daughter’s bouquet.  I’m sure I’ll get lots more.  So my total investment in the bouquet was for postage, cards, padded envelopes and reprints – which I did at Walgreen’s for 10 cents each.  I put a $.61 cent stamp on the padded envelope in case the piece they were sending would be heavy – but the whole packet that I mailed took just a 44 cent on it. 

All together, with the materials and the ones I bought from ebay, was just under $100.  And it’s meaningful to my daughter that the jewelry came from our friends and family. 

It’s important to include a picture of the bouquet so they’ll know what kinds of jewelry will work.  I should start putting it together next week.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am doing the same thing- I’ve been Ebaying and using Goodwill as my Brooch shop. It’s such a pain with Ebay because people go nuts bidding. I would say use local consignment shops and what not…that’s the best way to do it from scratch. I’ve only got about 10 brooches so far…It’s taking forever! I am paying for mine to get made..I just don’t have the time.. it’s costing me about 350..but that’s not including the brooches I need to buy. 

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