Post # 1
I know brooch bouquets are totally trending right now so I thought that i’d share a few tips/tricks to make it more affordable! First off you don’t have to use BROOCHES only. You can use rings, big earrings, or even pendants. I found when making my brooch bouquet that most of the brooches on average were about $4.00 – 5.00 and that can be kind of expensive when you need about 50 of them. My solution? Head over to walmart, michaels, or even Joanne’s and get necklace pendants and some metal “pin” type backings. Like these:
Then hot glue the backings to a pendant: (This one does not have anything on the back, it’s smooth)
And you have an instant “brooch”. This saved me TONS of money and I was able to use old necklaces or even some jewelery from the dollar store.
After they dry, you can twist the floral wire just as you would with a “Real brooch”.
Just thought i’d share 🙂
Post # 3
Hi! I did the same thing! I actually used earrings, scatter pins (with straight back pins) brooches (duh), shoe clips and a couple braclets. I actually found the earrings, smaller than brooches made great “filler”. Here is what my first attempt looks like with only brooches:
I have about 18 earrings and other misc non brooch items to “fill in” the gaps!
Are you going to build it like its a true “floral” bouquet? Like wrap the stemms and everything? Are you going to have any base that you mount all of the stemms on or through?
Just seeing how others are doing it…
Post # 4
I only used enamel flower brooches and earings so all of mine had pins on the back. I used 16 gauge wire to wrap around all of the pins and make stems. 16 gauge was hard to wrap around the pins, but was rigid enough to support the weight of the brooches. I then wrapped the wire with floral tape and used a green silk hydrangea as filler since I wasn’t a fan of the styrofoam ball ones I had seen online. It seemed to me that no matter how many brooches were used, you could still see the foam. Overall I used around 65-70 brooches so not much of the hydrangea is showing.
Post # 5
@jboltz19: Great minds think a like! 🙂 I used hydrangeas and wrapped each on in floral wire and then floral tape. It was a LOOOONG process but I am glad to be done. I’ll post a picture of my bouquet when I get home from work. I wanted mine to have some of the pink hydrangea’s pokining out so i mainly did the dome shape on the top. I think it came out pretty good. Yours also looks like it’s coming out fantastic!
Post # 6
@jboltz19: That is georgous!!!
Post # 7
@Pink Peppermint, that is such an awesome idea! I have tons of these and broken earrings, show clips and the like just sitting in a giant box. This gives me inspiration to do something with it so I do not have to keep looking at this box taking up space!
@jboltz19 I think it will look beautiful when complete! Great job!
Post # 8