(Closed) Help! How do I make a vintage brooch bouquet?

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 32
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2001

Hello all,

I am writing because I searched everywhere on how to make these bouquets, and this topic was a very helpful result for me.  So now that my DIY project is complete, I wanted to share how it came along!

I am making this as a surprise for my sister-in-law to be, for her bridal shower and to carry during rehearsal.  Her mother and mine contributed some brooches, I bought others.  Ebay had some lots very cheap, rubylane has TONS in a great range of prices, as did etsy.  I did set a limit per pin up front, but spent a little extra on some special ones (for example, a USNavy pin for my brother, a script rinestone “N” for the bride’s name, a high heel shoe for her love of all things shopping!).  Some vendos threw in free extras.  I used gold, ivory, pearl, resin, enamel, rinestone, lucite along with her colors of green and pink.  I ended up with 28 pins and spent around $160.

Here’s where I searched online.  I couldn’t figure out how to assemble it!  I thought of using a styrofoam ball (or half) but didn’t want to see it through the pins AT ALL.  I tried chenile stems, but they weren’t sturdy enough, and I didn’t like that fuzzy look.  I bought two floral bunches with heavy wire stems from craft store 40% off and popped off all flowers and leaves (ones I liked and will use in a wreath later).  I cut apart all stems and bent 1/2 to 1″ top at right angle.  So far so good!

Now I tried sewing stems to pin arm, taping the pin, and wiring the pin.  Nothing held the pin steady (it would wobble side-to-side along pin arm).  Got out the hot glue gun.  Didn’t want to “ruin” the pins, although they aren’t valuable.  Turns out the glue doesn’t stick THAT well, comes off in one piece without damaging pins!  And with strategic placement of top of stem (usually alongside pin arm where you can’t see it), this worked VERY WELL.  Some heavy pins I used double stems, gluing both stems to same pin back.  Very sturdy result.

Now I arranged them like flowers, going in a circle, using florist tape around every 3-5 stems to hold in place.  At the end, I used a LOT of tape all up and down length of stems.  Then covered with ribbon: hot glue dot to hold end of ribbon, wrap all up and down, then go back over this time twisting twice at the same place each time around for little pizazz and to make ribbon lay flat around the “cone” shape, glue about 1″ from end and again at the end, cut and tuck under.  I put another decorative ribbon around in a bow right over top of glued end.  Also put a little pin near bow.  I pulled pins around a bit to arrange them.  CAUTION: pulling on pins will pop them off since glue is very semi-permanent.  Move pins by bending their STEMS!  They’re harder to glue on once taped into the bouquet!

Tada!  MUCH easier than I thought it would be.  Hardest part was gluing stems to pins, took maybe 30 minutes.  If making a larger bouquet, I might find thinner heavy stems or add wire V-shapes on ends to put 2 pins per stem.

GO FOR IT YOURSELF!  You can do this!

Jen :O)

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@jj — I would LOVE to see a picture of your completed bouquet!!  Post! Post!

Post # 35
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I started making mine, it was not so hard, then we decited to elope… But I found a lot of single earrings on ebay that are adorable…. So got a few laying around if anyone needs them…lol Hope you guys have as much fun as my mom and I did trrying to make ours…

Post # 36
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2010

jjbudelis Thank you SO much for your informative post. 

I’m in the process of gathering brooches, earrings, etc for my own bouquet. I’ve been asking family, friends & anyone who wants to help to donate pieces to the bouquet. I’m keeping a blog, writing up a story about each piece and/or the person who gave it to me, so I’ll have a record of all the contributions. (Eventually, I plan to make some type of photobook/scrapbook from the posts.) If you’re interested, here’s the blog: http://mybridalbouquet.wordpress.com

I haven’t tried to put any of the pieces together yet; I thought I’d wait till I had them all & start experimenting then. (I’m thinking about a month / 6 weeks before the wedding.) This post will help greatly with that process! I was thinking I’d go the ‘treat them like real flowers’ route, so good to know that’s similar to what you did.

Also, in case anyone is looking for something that might match for girls in the wedding party, I’m looking at doing something like this: http://offbeatbride.com/2010/02/crystal-bouquets

Post # 37
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

etsy.com – gloriaslaughter – search for Brooch Bridal Bouquets – She will take your brooches and create the bouquet for you.

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Post # 38
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2001

Sorry for the delay…..was actually getting the photo and getting it onto the computer that took so long!

Also, my aunt (who is the ultimate everything crafter!) tells me Aleenes makes a glue specifically for metal.  I looked it up, it’s Aleene’s Jewelry & Metal Glue, and is supposed to be an instant adhesive, clear strong and permanent.  This would be a better, fail-free way to attach the pins!

Jen :O)

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Post # 39
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2001

In these photos, I actually hadn’t spread out the “flowers” yet (two popped off and had to be re-glued later).  Also, in the second photo, you can see where I saved a white lucite lady bug (avon) to pin on near the pink decorative bow.

If I were making this for the wedding itself, I’d put more pins and make it even bigger and fuller.

 

Good luck!  YOU CAN DO THIS YOURSELF!  Jen :O)

Post # 40
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I make these for my Etsy shop but am not scared to share some secrets!

First, start with a styrofoam ball.  Cut in half, spray it gold or silver, and use that as your base.  Glue the buttons/filler on first, attach wire to your bigger pieces and stick them in/glue them in between.  Finish by gluing a wooden dowel as your “stems” and cover it and the base of your styrofoam with loops of satin ribbon.  Easy peasy!  Here is a photo of mine.  Way easier this way and doesn’t look naked like the wire ones do, In My Humble Opinion.

Good luck!!!

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Post # 42
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am watching “4 Weddings” on TLC and Bridget has a gorgeous brooch bouquet…I’m sure you could google it for some inspiration!

Post # 43
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

OMG I am so glad I found this site. I am getting married 10-10-10 and have been trying to figure out how to make these. Thank you to everyone for all the helpful posts.

Post # 44
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4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am making one for my wedding. After you have assembled the brooches you need to put them on “stems”. I used floral stem wire. Then you create the bouquet as you would with flowers. I found masking tape the easiest way to secure everything. I made extra was well, I found myself with extra brooches. Right now I’m selling one of the extras on eBay. Take a look!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vtg-Flower-Brooch-Bridal-Wedding-Bouquet-Eco-Unique-/270572805836?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Vintage_Costume_Jewelry&hash=item3eff655ecc

It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it! Good Luck.

Post # 45
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Blushing bee

@laurasophia77 – Would you mind posting a tutorial on the DIY page or even on here? I’m still in the collecting stage but I’m about to make one probably this summer. I’ve seen various how-to’s both on weddingbee and other sites, but I really like the look of yours judging by the one you have on ebay. Definitely interested in any additional tips or tricks you could share! Thanks!

Post # 46
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4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@puzzle- I did a lot of searching online to try to figure out how to put this together. I basically used the steps from several DIY wedding bouquets for real flowers and figured it out through trial and error! Here is one site: http://www.jrroses.com/weddingflower3.0.html. Just seeing how it was done with real flowers helped me envision doing it with brooches. I decided the brooches needed “stems” and the best way I found to do it was by using 16 gauge floral stem wire that I found on a site called http://www.createforless.com. You can find floral stem wire elsewhere but I wanted it to be thick so it could actually hold up the brooch. If you want to keep your brooches intact you have to be careful threading the stem wire through the back of them and twisting it around to secure them. The backs are all different so in some cases you may need to use glue and I did break a few brooches in the process! After all your brooches have stems you will want to assemble them. The first time I did this, I did it just as if they were flowers. It took a lot of brooches and the shape was funky. So I took at all apart and got foam balls off eBay. You can search for them by looking for “floral craft balls” or something like that. I got small ones, about 4″ in diameter and cut them in to halves. Then I drilled holes sporadically through the foam and threaded the brooches through them. It helps them retain the shape and the final product is so much sturdier. Then you kind of have to mold the bouquet together. The brooches all fit together like pieces of a puzzle and you have to pull and tighten them in together as you are figuring out which ones fit well together. I recommend using varied sizes of brooches because you will need some little ones to fill in gaps. I like the ones that have stems because I could rest other brooches on there. Once you are happy with the shape and look of your bouquet you need to secure the handle. I twisted all the wire together and clamped it tight using pliers. Then I wrapped white masking tape around that and used satin ribbon to make it look pretty. I twisted the ribbon and used glue to make it secure. That part was the hardest! Amanda is a professional florist I think so her handles look so pretty! I’m assuming whomever buys the one I’m selling might have their own florist cover my handle to match the colors of their wedding, but I think it actually looks very simple and pretty.I’m working my tail off right now to pay for our wedding, but maybe later in the month I can post some photos. I haven’t put mine together because I still want to hit up the flea market on more time to see if I can find anything really amazing to put in mine. I have had good luck on eBay but it gets pricey!!! You can totally do it yourself though! 

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