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 September 11, 2013  DIY  Add comments

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Just a fair warning…Brooch-bouquet making is not for the faint of heart, but it is so worth it! I started this project about 6 months before my wedding. Collecting enough brooches to fill the bouquet is the most time-consuming (and also the most fun) part.

While you are assembling your collection, decide on a general color scheme and stick to that, but think creatively about using other pieces of jewelry. I used large earrings and necklace pendants too. I was very fortunate to be able to use brooches from my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Those are my absolute favorites. The remainder I collected here and there. I bought a couple of lots from ebay (even if you throw away a few, it’s usually less expensive that way) and found most of the others from online wholesalers.  I ended up using around 60 pieces total.

The first step is to attach wire to each brooch. I wrapped a piece of wire around each side of the brooch pin so each brooch looked like a flower with a stem. Cut the wire on each down to about 3 inches.

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Cut 2/3 off the top of the styrofoam ball with a kitchen knife. On the bottom (flat side) make a hole in the middle slightly smaller than the wooden dowel. Put a little hot glue in the hole and insert the dowel. Make sure this is very sturdy because these bouquets weigh a ton. Slip the bouquet holder over the handle and hot glue it to the ball.

Glue the hydrangeas in one layer to cover the entire ball. I also added some feathers around the bottom edge. This serves as a filler so you can’t see the styrofoam between the brooches.  Once that’s done you’re ready to start inserting brooches. I organized mine into categories…sentimental, other favorites and fillers. You’ll want to add the fillers first, as they will be mostly covered by the next layers. Save your sentimental brooches for the top and sides so they will pop out in pictures.

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Once all of your brooches are in, step back and make sure the colors are balanced. Also, give it a good shake. If any brooches wobble or fall off, either rewire them or use a little hot glue to keep them in place.

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Now you’re ready to put the finishing touches on the handle. Cut your ribbon into 6” strips and glue each into a loop until the base of the ball and bouquet form are covered. Glue one end of a very long piece of ribbon slightly underneath one of the loops and wrap it all the way around the handle. Glue your embellishment on the very bottom of the handle as a cap. You can then wrap some thinner ribbon around the base to conceal the end of the satin ribbon.

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My bouquet ended up weighing 5 or 6 pounds and it was a ton of work, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Of all of my DIY wedding projects, this was the one I enjoyed the most. I really loved being able to incorporate special heirlooms from my family and it looks so pretty in pictures.

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Materials
Styrofoam ball (I used a 10 in, but 8 in is a popular size to use.)
Wooden dowel for handle
Hot glue gun
Thick jewelry wire or floral wire
Pliers and wire cutters or sharp scissors
A couple of bunches of silk hydrangeas
Plastic bouquet form
Satin ribbon
 

 

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  23 Comments to “DIY Brooch Bouquet”

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  1. Beautiful! What size dowel did you use? Or was it a few bundled together?

  2. Angela, this is absolutely stunning! I have a lot of antique & vintage jewelry from my grandmother and I would love to do this when my daughter gets married. I am so happy I saw this beauty – visiting from PinkWhen. Thank you so much for sharing and definitely pinning! Have a wonderful week!

    • Hi Cindy,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment! This was definitely one of my favorite DIY wedding projects. I hope you end up doing one for your daughter’s wedding! Have a great week!

  3. This is fabulous! I too made one for my wedding!! It was my favorite thing I made. Thanks for sharing this on DIY Sunday Showcase!!

    Shelly
    RePurposed Vintage Door

  4. bravo, comme c’est joli, cela fait rêver, merci pour ces jolies broches et bouquets
    amitiés

  5. Gorgeous….it look easy to do!

  6. Hi, I found you through pinterest. I just wanted you to know how gorgeous your broach bouquet turned out. You did amazing job with it. Looks like you had a beautiful wedding. Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures.

    Kim ~ This ole Mom

  7. um GORGEOUS. I wanted to do this so badly for my wedding but couldn’t find a good tutorial. I wish I had found your page sooner!! LOVE it!!
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    • Hi Becky,
      Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I’ll tell you what, that bouquet was a beast, but I’m so glad I did it. It was hard to find good info on how to make them when I did mine too. I just pinned your strawberry hand tarts. Obsessed! I can’t wait to go through all of your amazing stuff and pin a whole bunch of recipes to make!!

  8. This is gorgeous! I can only imagine how much work it was, but the end result is stunning. You were a beautiful bride!

  9. Who’s the stalker now? Lol. Wow this is gorgeous! I made a fabric bouquet a month before our wedding and you are right, it can definitely become VERY time consuming. Your bouquet is truly amazing and it looks like you had a beautiful wedding!Pinned :)

  10. Thanks for your post! I made a beautiful brooch bouquet for my 25th wedding anniversary. I made mine a bit smaller so it is not as heavy. Come take a look! http://www.wondrance.com/brooch-bouquet-diy/
    Brooch Bouquet DIY

  11. I love the Broach Bouquet!! You collected broaches from grandmothers! That is a beautiful idea and you can keep it forever. This blog is cool. I really looked at it for the first time today and will be referring back to it for ideas. Keep it up chickie!

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