- 4 years ago
So I noticed these bouquets on etsy….
But I did not have $350 for all 8 of my bridesmaids, plus another $350 for my bouquet, and yet ANOTHER $350 for a toss bouquet. (That would have been $3500, BEFORE TAX)… soooo I decided to DIY =)
I started looking on ebay, and etsy for ribbon roses. One place on etsy had some AMAZING quality roses!!
Anyways, I started to collect those puppies over the course of 6 months. I tried to buy about $75 worth every month (totalling out to $450 roughly) — Yes this sounds like a lot, but keep in mind… it is still a LOT LESS than the $350 per bouquet.
Then I started out buying brooches on ebay. You can find a TON of them going for 1 CENT PER BROOCH! So needless to say…. I bought about 50, give or take a few.
Once the roses came in, I started gluing them to wire. KEEP IN MIND!!!! You need to use relatively THICK wire, otherwise they topple over like a wilted flower would. (Learned this the hard way).
I then bunched them together to look something like this
Then, I hot glued the wires together at the base, and glued round wooden dowels to it (sorry I forgot to take a picture of this). This made the holder part more thick and round in shape. I had to GOB some glue to get the sticks to wrap perfectly.
Then I wrapped the base in ribbon, and folded a few sections up underneath, so that you couldnt see the wire (See the ETSY page… it is IDENTICAL to that), and decorated with brooches. Turned out to be around $54 per bouquet (includes the flowers, ribbon, wire, brooches, and wooden dowels. See below for the completed results of the bridesmaid bouquets!
Happy to share! I will post my corsage how-to in a little while!