Post # 1
I’m actually not very DIY-inclined. I absolutely adore so much that I see on these boards made by other bees, but I just don’t consider myself to be very creative unfortunately. I hadn’t ever seen or heard of brooch bouquets before weddingbee but I knew instantly that I wanted one. Having one made for me is definitely not in the budget, so, rather ambitiously, I’ve decided to make my own!
I think I have about 30 pieces so far, from charity stores, Primark, ebay some from family and some bits and pieces I already had. I’ve created wire stems for them all, wrapped the stems in floral tape and on Friday night I assembled them together with some flake flowers, just to give it a go and see if I was actually going to be able to do it! Well I’ve surprised myself – I think it looks pretty good so far, yay! 🙂 What do you think?
Here’s my progress so far in pictures:
Broochs, earrings, rings, bits and pieces.
… with new stems…
… first try assembly!!
As you can see it’s not finished, I definitely need to add more brooches around the sides. I think I’m going to need at least another 30, maybe 40 pieces – I better get collecting!
So there you go. I’m pretty pleased with where I’ve got to so far! Still plenty of work to do but at least now I’m feeling more confident about being able to pull it off, and with 10 months to go I’m on track. 🙂
I’ve really enjoyed it so far, and if I can do this, maybe I can do some other DIY projects for our wedding? I’ve certainly got lots of inspiration and ideas from other brides here. Maybe I will be a DIY bride afterall – who would have thought!? 🙂
Post # 3
Its really beautiful!
i am also having a brooch bouquet, and like you i have put flowers underneath to cover up any gaps. I am a UK bride too and we are almost date twins!
i found making the bouquet easier than i thought it would be. its time consuming but pretty easy isnt it? i used apprx 60 brooches in total and its about 8 inches across and weighs 1.5 kg!
Post # 5
How beautiful–it’s coming along great!
Post # 6
It’s lookin’ really good!
Post # 7
I love that you added flowers in it. They are gorgeous by themself but I think it adds some life to the bouquet. Great job
Post # 8
Great job! I especially love the floral brooch and the victorian one.
Post # 9
It’s beautiful!! I love brooch bouquets!
Post # 10
Thanks for the nice comments ladies!
@hopefloats: Those are my favs too. 🙂
Aha fantastic, almost-date-twin and British too! How did you go about sourcing your pieces? I’ve found it to be pretty expensive in the end, though still cheaper than buying one already made, plus it is
fun. Did you notice my replica Diana/Kate ring? A little nod to the Duchess. 🙂
Post # 11
Yes i found it quite expensive in the end, well more expensive than i thought it would be, i’d say about £100 but i suppose you could pay that for a floral bouquet cant you?
i got mine from charity shops, ebay, and i borrowed a few too, i love the diana/kate ring. i actually used a ring in mine too, it wasnt the same as yours but it was blue diamantes, for my something blue, but its broken so i am going to have to take it out! 🙁 you have a few brooches that are similar to my own, the cameo and the floral one…..i used the same flowers as you i think……i got them from dunelm mills.
like you, i havent kept to a specific colour, mines just a mish-mash, i just wanted a vintage look, but i do really like the look of the ones with a colour scheme, but i wanted an explosion of different colours as my bridesmaids will be wearing different colours.
i WAS thinking about doing smaller ones for my bridesmaids, but seeing how expensive it was to make, i wont be doing that;
you have also made yours in the same style as mine, i didnt use a polystyrene ball or anything because i think you could end up with a pretty football! i threaded the brooches and then used them like flower stems like you have.
mine is a complete surprise to everyone, i have only showed my daughter. everyone thinks i will carry flowers and i havent put them straight.
Post # 12
Hello fellow UK bee.
Your brooch bouquet is simply beautiful. I love it!
Just wondering where you got your flowers from and also wire… what guage wire and type did you use? Questions, questions, questions…
Keep us posted with the progress!!
Post # 13
I bought the flowers and green wire plus florist tape from Hobby Craft, in the florist section and you can buy online too. The wire comes already cut into 60cm lengths which is so handy. I thread each brooch onto a length of wire until it is halfway then fold the wire in half and twist together to make 30cm stems – does that make sense??
Not sure what these flowers are supposed to be but I’ve got three stems in there.
Hope this helps!