(Closed) Brooch Bouquets!

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I haven’t assembled mine yet, and like you, I started collecting early since I thought it would cost me an arm and a leg and take over a year to collect them. Wrong! It turns out I’m pretty much only using cocktail rings because they’re a lot cheaper, and easier to find! I’m being picky and only using red rings, so I was a bit discouraged. Then, i found a seller on e-bay that sold me 50 red rings for about $64, including tax. I also got some from a local store called $1 Jewelry. Their rings are $2, but I’ve gone a couple times where it was buy 2 get 1 free. It breaks down to about $1.35 each so far. Not too bad, really.

Here’s the rings I ordered along with 3 I had already purchased at the local store. Now I have about 4 more to add to this. I think I only need about 10 more and I’ll have enough. Woo!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t use a ball, I attached looped wires to the clasps and made them into “flowers” which I then clustered and taped just as you would a regular bouquet

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@julie12 any tips on how you wrapped the bottom? the part right underneath all the brooches ? I used a foam ball for my base… any suggestions 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t have pictures, but I bought a styrofoam ball that is 6″ or 7″ in diameter and i cut it in half. Since my bouquet is all silver and clear crystal brooches, I wrapped it with silver ribbon by cutting the ribbon into strips and gluing it down onto the styrofoam ball and folding the ends under, on the flat side, until the whole thing was covered.  Then I attached that to a styrofoam cone (see pic below).  I collected brooches from old jewelry I had (earrings, rings, pendants, brooches), bought a couple pieces from Etsy, and the rest I got from this website: http://fabulousbrooch.com

I think I have a total of 40 to 50 brooches.  I used wire and looped each brooch in several places and made a sort of flower out of each one (this step took FOREVER).  I also wrapped each wire stem with white floral tape.  Then I just started placing each stem into the bouquet and basically “stabbing” them into place.  It’s super heavy, but still easy to hold because of the cone/handle part.  I still need to wrap that part in ribbon and finish it off with those crystal head pins.  Overall I think I achieved what I wanted without paying $500 dollars for it.  I probably spent $125 maybe.  Lots of time though.

 

I’ve also seen tutorials that use silk hydrangea stems as the base to sort of hold the brooches and give them a nest to sit in.  Here’s one: http://www.fancypantsweddings.com/how-to-design-a-brooch-bouquet (the way she wraps her brooches is exactly how I wrapped mine)

I hope to post pics after the wedding of my brooch bouquet.

 

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Here is mine 🙂 All brooches, some from family, some from Ebay, and the rest from Antique stores. I used a half circle styrofoam ball, but I don’t remember what size.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

looks great everyone!!!! 

Post # 26
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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here’s my DIY brooch bouquet. I’m still deciding whether or not I’m finished. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

For all the ladies that did a brooch bouquet, did your bridesmaids have real flowers or did you do brooches for them as well? what about the corsages and bouts for the guys? Thanks!

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I made a brooch bouquet for myself, pearl and crystal bouquets for the BM’s and pearl and crystal boutonierre’s for the tuxes. And a fabric bouquet to be tossed, we forgot that part

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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