(Closed) How soon should I start my DIY brooch/bling bouquet!

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@LaCroix:  Do you have your brooches already? If you don’t, start looking ASAP unless you’re okay with buying a lot of pricier brooches. Unless you’re going for a multi-color eclectic look, it can be tough to find reasonably priced onces (since you need so many!) that are about the same color. As for the glue/fabric, sorry! I’m not sure myself.

Post # 5
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Just so you know, doing a brooch bouquet probably won’t save you any money. I’ve been buying brooches since January and I’ve probably already got over $200 in brooches alone and I still don’t have enough for one bouquet.

Post # 7
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

If you’re DIY-ing to save money, have you considered buying real flowers online? Sam’s Club is pretty reasonable, and there are a number of other companies Bees have recommended, like Fiftyflowers.com

Post # 8
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

So long as you’re using fabric safe glue and storing the fabric away from sun light and any hash lights, you should start NOW. Even if you just use a few key pins, it will take you forever and a half. 

Try to find out if there are any large cheap China-made/imported jewelry stores around you. There are usually a few in larger cities. You can find some really cool looking and really cheap pins in those stores. 

Post # 9
417 posts
Helper bee

All of this advice makes me want to stay away from making my own brooch bouquet … I’m probably going to go the Etsy route.

Post # 10
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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I’m doing mine mostly brooches, with a few flowers and ribbons for accent.

Post # 11
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

From what I’ve seen it takes awhile to find the brooches.  I’ve also seen people suggest http://www.fabulousbrooch.com/ which I, myself, checked out.  I ended up buying a brooch from there to decorate my bouquet.  It was really high quality.  If you buy several at a time shipping costs go down.  I only bought one and shipping cost more than my brooch, lol.  It was worth it though.  

I bought this brooch:



<3 loveeee haha

Post # 12
1728 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

start now..

also a BIG hint.. i bought bulk on EBAY, and not just brooches! ladies, you can get pretty pearl and rhinestone adjustbaleb rings ( with the lil glued on backs) DIRT cheap on ebay, then just snap the back of the ring off..or wrap wire around it!  I actually used these ring backs to make other custom rings from a broken bracelet so i wasnt out any $$..Also use earrings! I never spent more then $3 on ANY brooch/ring

Check flea markets, thrift stores,family members, broken jewelry, etc…if you are interested I can give you the link to the ebay sellers i got most of mine from.

I just finished mine and it was just around $100 total

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