Wedding Day DIY: Brooch Bouquet

Today we have a DIY tutorial from the talented Deidre at Love, The Skinnys on how to make your very own brooch bouquet.  I fell in love with her bouquet when she posted about it back when she was engaged, and she was kind enough to let me share her post with all of you!  I wish I would have known about this before I was married, because all I have left to show of my wedding flowers is a very dry lump of flowers that cost way too much.  Flower alternatives like this are great, because not only do you save money by avoiding the cost of a florist and fresh flowers, but you get to keep it forever! 
Where to Collect Brooches: 
Look through your mom's, grandma's, aunt's, and you old jewelry for fun earrings, old bracelets that can be cut apart, rings that can be used as gap filler or the back can be broken off, and of course brooches. After we rummaged through drawers, we went to Deseret Industries, Downeast Basics, the clearance rack at Nordstom, Macys, and so on... we bought a lot of earrings to use, but it is worth it.

Where to Buy Flowers:
Any place with good silk flowers. I bought 4 pre-bundled groups at Hobby Lobby and then put them into one big group.

How To Make Bouquet
  • Gather together brooches (and so on), flowers, hot glue gun, vase, florist wire (or thin wire in general), florist tape, and ribbon of your choice to wrap around the stems at the end.
  • Put all the flowers together how you want them. Wire them from top to bottom to hold them in place while working.
  • Set the bouquet into a vase of some sort to make the top part easier.
  • Work your way from the top middle flower in a spiral motion downwards putting in the brooches you want. I glued one brooch in the middle of every flower, you can glue more or less.
    • Once you pick the brooch you want in the flower spread the leaves apart.
    • Put glue on the flower as well as the brooch.
    • Place brooch onto flower and hold until dry.
    • Continue in that pattern until all your brooches are glue on.
  • Once all the brooches are glued on you can fill in the gaps with rings on wire or by gluing flowers together.
  • Once your flowers and brooches look okay move onto the stems.
  • Cover the wired stems with florist tape to make a smooth look for your ribbon.
  • Cover the ribbon in a spiral, crossing, or other motion of your choice.
  • Ta-da!
My instuctions make it sounds easier than it was. It took probably 2-3 hours to put mine together, and some of my flowers are really heavy from the weight of the brooch so I had to glue the flower to the stem. The flowers also move around some and so I glue a little bit here and there when I notice something out of place. Just a few side notes.

If you have any questions about how to make your own brooch bouquet, you can contact Deidre at lovetheskinnys[at]gmail[dot]com and be sure to check out her blog!

1 comment:

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