How to Make a Brooch Bouquet

Recently, I stood by their side as one of my besties and one of my husband’s besties tied the knot. There’s nothing sweeter than having two of your best friends get married to each other! The bride had a vision of a rustic wedding themed with burlap, gold, lace and TOMS, and asked me to make her brooch bouquet. It went perfect with her theme, and would be a keepsake from the wedding – plus something the bride could pass down to other brides she loved, or maybe a future daughter! Of course I was honored to help her and wanted to share how I made this easy DIY bridal brooch bouquet!

how to make a brooch bouquetHere’s the main materials you need:

  • 1 bushel of faux hydrangeas (this can be found really inexpensive at your local craft store)
  • Approximately 40-60 brooches/pieces of jewelry/faux or real flowers to add-in (i.e. burlap flowers like this one). The more you put, the less of the faux hydrangea you will see. I used about 40 pieces.
  • 22-gauge florist wire (I used about 2 rolls and chose silver because it would blend in when looping through my brooches)
  • Green Corsage Tape (I used 1 1/2 rolls)
  • Scissors/Wire Cutters
  • Whatever you want to wrap around the handle – In this case, burlap, twine, and lace ribbon
  • Pearlized Ball Head Straight Pins
  • Hot glue gun

DIY Brooch Bouquet tutorial

The brooches are really the expensive part of the bouquet, but you can typically find sparkly items like jewelry on clearance to help fill in the space. And if you want to take a sentimental approach, I really loved how my friend Katie collected her brooches and would recommend it to anyone.

Katie asked the special women in her life to bring one brooch to her bridal shower to add to the bouquet, that way she would have a memory of each person as she walked down the aisle.

brooches at a bridal shower style trials

She received brooches with history such as her Grandmother’s brooch, and others that people thought reminded them of her or vice-versa. She put a piece of tape with that person’s name under each brooch so she would always remember who gave her what. Katie’s bouquet ended up being an eclectic mix of jewels, which I think turned out beautiful – I personally love mixing metals. However, if you’re wanting to stick to one color or metal, you could plan that out to best fit your style and theme.

Step 1: Creating Stems for Each Brooch

You’ll need to cut the wire into 24″ long pieces, which you’ll loop in half through the brooch (giving you about a 12″ stem). For each brooch, I used at least 2 wires, then you twist them all together. Don’t worry if the stems end up being slightly different lengths after this is done, you’ll fix that later.

How to make a brooch bouquet for a wedding

Next, you’ll wrap the green corsage tape around the metal stem, which helps hold all of the pieces together and camouflages the wire. It’s a little tricky to work with, but I found that the tighter I wound it while making sure to overlap the tape, the better it stuck. I kept it on the spool and simply twisted the stem around to quickly get this done.

DIY Brooch Bouquet tutorial 1

Step 2: Making the Stems a Bouquet

This next part was actually not as easy as I had imagined. You’ll now want to take the hydrangea to use as your base, then place each stem strategically  in the hydrangea making sure to keep it’s round shape. You’ll want to be extra careful as to where you place the brooches, because once they’re in the bushel it’s hard to rearrange because the wires may get tangled….especially towards the end when you have already placed a bunch of wire stems.

DIY Brooch Bouquet tutorial 2

It’s up to you whether you want to show any part of the hydrangea, because if you have enough brooches you can literally cover the entire thing. You’ll see we added burlap flowers to the bouquet as well to tie into Katie’s theme, so you really can customize it. It’s also up to you whether you want to remove the green leaves from the faux hydrangea all together, but I left a few to tie into our green bridesmaid dresses.

Next, cut the stems at the bottom to your desired length, which also makes sure the bouquet is one length.

Step 3: Wrapping the handle

This next part was pretty easy, and I just followed what a real florist typically does to wrap the handle. Here you can take ribbon, or burlap from a spool as I did here, and tightly wind it around the handle.

DIY Brooch Bouquet tutorial 3 burlap

With a brooch bouquet, it looks best if you wrap the entire handle rather than leaving exposed “stems” since they are really a bunch of wires. You could use a hot glue gun to hold together, but I used decorative push pins to lock everything into place. That way I could easily adjust things if needed, it added an extra design touch, and again this mimicked what florists do with real bouquets.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

I wanted to add a little something to finish the top of the handle, and the bride also had a personal touch to add as well. For the top handle part, I took a piece of lace ribbon, sewed across the top to create a stitch line, then cut a stitch at the end to pull. When the thread was “pulled,” it created a natural ruffle to the ribbon. This step isn’t necessary though, and I think the results would have looked just as good if I didn’t “ruffle” the ribbon. I just pay way too much attention to detail!

DIY Brooch Bouquet tutorial 4 lace

Next, I personalized the handle by taking a spool of twine, winding the twine around itself and hot-gluing into place. I glued a “W” charm on top of the twine background because this would be the bride’s new last initial.

Brooch Bouquet with family member picturesThe bride added these adorable picture charms to the handle, and printed pictures of family members who were no longer with us as a type of memorial. These were simply pinned in place as well. Doesn’t she and the bouquet look gorgeous?!

Bride with Brooch Bouquet

What do you think of the results? Will you be making a brooch bouquet?

Please let me know what you think of this tutorial in the blog comments! 🙂


My Stylish Valentine

It’s the third edition of a StyleTrials Valentine’s Day post! WOW, where has the time gone?! In the past, I had shown Vday looks and a Valentine’s Day nail art tutorial. Today I wanted to inspire you with a few more style options that will make your Valentine swoon!

Style Trials Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration Looks 2014

Left to Right: Bianca Almond-Toe Platform Red Sole Pump, Nude – Christian Louboutin | Lips – Valentines Day – White Slouchy Oversized Sweatshirt on Etsy | OPI Nails – Nail Lacquer – 2014 Collection, Italian Love Affair | Mark by Mark Jacobs Presents Limited Edition Sunglasses | Love Heart White TeeWe Love Fairground | Fairground Bingle Party SkirtLouis Vuitton Stresa PM White Shoulder Bags | Miss Selfridge Infinity Valentines RingsZeagoo Women’s Sheer Sleeve Sequins Peter Vintage Pan Collar Puff Loose Blouse | VALENTINO R.E.D. Dotted Tulle Pleated Skirt | YSL Red Lipstick | Shortcake Story Dress by Modcloth | Christian Louboutin Gwynitta 100 patent-leather sandals

These appeal to my girly, traditional and sweet side. Now if you want more of an #EdgyValentine Vday look with still a classy vibe, try something like the below!

Edgy and Classy Valentine's Day look outift Style TrialsLeft to Right: NIKOS KOULIS 18kt Blackened Gold Spectrum Ring with Diamonds and Hematite | CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Patent Spikes Pigalle 120 Pumps 35 Black | Plunging V Cross Back Bodycon Dress by Oh My Love – TopShop | French Connection Spike & Stone Stretch BraceletFrench Connection Spike & Stone Stretch Bracelet – Asos | Rare London Red Berry Plunge Dress | Aeropostale Pretty Little Liars Hanna Cluster Short-Strand NecklaceGiuseppe Zanotti Cutout animal-print calf hair sandals

You can mix metals and spikes with red, leather, vamp or red lips, and/or add in a funky print like Cheetah to edge up the look! If you pair that with classic designs such as pencil skirts and polished pointed toe heels, you’ll achieve a sophisticated yet edgy vibe. For a funkier style, do the above but pair it with miniskirts and Kitschy motifs!

What will you be wearing for date night this Valentine’s Day?

 


Win a Set of Midi Rings!

“Midi rings. What the heck is that?” Followed by deer-in-the-headlights look. That’s the response I got from several salespeople on my quest for midi rings. It’s pretty simple actually. It’s basically a knuckle ring, or one that you wear on the upper part of your finger. Keeping reading to learn more, and for a chance to win your own set!

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Midi rings have been popping up everywhere, and I especially love when they are stacked with a regular ring on the same finger. I also really love just a basic thin, metal band, although there’s a lot with cool designs such as a cross or chevron.

I was on the hunt for midi rings, and after going into several boutiques and finding they were $10+ a pop, or the salesperson had no idea what a midi ring was, I decided to look online. I found a TON of inexpensive options at Forever 21, which is awesome because I didn’t want to spend a ton on this trend, and wanted to stack a LOT of rings for either a boho chic or cool edgy look. I liked how they had cage rings and double banded midi rings to mix up the look. If you want something a little more high quality, Baublebar also has some GREAT midi ring options.

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Celebrity Vanessa Hudgens wearing midi rings.
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Celebrity Kristen Stewart wearing midi rings.
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*ST Quick Tip* If you have a really small ring like a pinky ring or toe ring, you may be able to repurpose it as a midi ring on your finger.

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