One way to add a unique element to your wedding day is to forego a floral bouquet and create your own brooch bouquet. Brooches can add that glamorous vintage look (something old) and also be very personal by using family members’ brooches. Another option to search for brooches you admire on line or at thrift shops. Best of all, you can create these bouquets early on, and not have to worry about last minute details.
Here are the details on how to make your own bridal brooch bouquet, or brooch bridesmaids bouquets.
First things first, gathering the brooches you wish to use. You may prefer similar tones or like the thought of various colors. Try to find different shapes to add depth and contrast, and look for ones that take center stage and others that add just a simple touch. Don’t worry if the brooches do not have the pin backs as they are not necessary. This can actually be in your favor as they should be less costly. don’t forget to check with family members, ask if they have old pins and brooches you can use. Be sure to let them know they will not get them back as they will become affixed to the bouquet. Earrings can also be used, look for the vintage clip ons for interesting styles and colors.
Tools and supplies you will need are:
Similar to real flowers your brooches need a stem. You can wrap a florists wire tightly but carefully around the pin back if there is one, or wrap wire around the brooch itself, taking care that it remains hidden. The pliers should aid in getting the wire tight. If this does not work plan on using hot glue to attach brooches.
Use the floral tape to cover the entire wire to prevent the wires from slipping and to give a nice, finished look.
As you wire and wrap, gather the prepared brooches in a vase. This allows you to see
You can collect the finished brooch flowers like real flowers in a vase or glass. You will get an impression how the final bouquet might look like and can make adjustments if needed.
To add texture and beauty, make some soft loops of silk or satin ribbon and either wire or hot glue onto foam bouquet holder. Do this step before adding the brooches, so they will softly nestle into the ribbon.
Now it is time to start adding the brooches. Cut any wire stems that are too long and place the largest brooches first, randomly so they are not all next to each other. You will be able to fill in with smaller brooches and earrings. Consider where the placement will be first so you don’t have to keep moving the brooches. The foam of the bouquet holder will start crumbling if rearranged too often. Hot glue any strays by dipping a stir stick or wooden chopstick into glue then carefully tucking the glue into place.
Take some matching ribbon and cover the plastic handle, hot gluing into place. This looks nicer and also will make the bouquet easier to hold onto. You can also add extra ribbon loops between the handle and bouquet.
Voila! A one of a kind bridal bouquet, as unique as you are!