Make a brooch bouquet in 5 simple steps

Love the brooch bouquet look? Here’s how to DIY your own brooch bouquet.
If you’re looking to forgo the bloom-based bridal bouquet at your upcoming wedding, perhaps a brooch bouquet is in order?
What is a brooch bouquet?
Popular on sites such as Etsy and Pinterest, brooch bouquets are alternatives to bloom-based bouquets that brides and their wedding parties hold as they walk down the aisle. These bouquets vary widely from being completely brooch-based to holding a mix of flowers and brooches.

And while you can certainly find them at wedding supply stores or online suppliers, it’s fairly simple to make one yourself for your big day or even for your entire bridal party and—bonus—they hold up nicely.
What do I need?

  • Silk flowers (if you choose to use them)
  • Bouquet holder(s)—available from larger craft supply stores
  • Foam flower base or Styrofoam ball
  • Brooches—ask your bridal party, as well as female members of your family, for brooches, or buy them at larger discount department stores (you can also include clip-on earrings, pendants from necklaces, or gems from larger, chunkier necklaces or a bead store)
  • Wired ribbon
  • Floral tape
  • Tulle
  • Glue gun
  • Spray paint
  • Stick pins
  • Wire
  • An assortment of beads, pearls, etc.
  • Wire cutters, needle nose pliers and scissors

How to make one

  1. Spray paint your foam or ball with your paint colour of choice—silver, white, and gold are all lovely colours for weddings.
  2. Cut the flower base to size and attach it to your bouquet base to give your brooches and flowers somewhere to stick into. Alternatively you can attach the Styrofoam ball to your base with glue and let it dry.
  3. Gather your pins, brooches and baubles and then you can take it one of two ways: You can glue stick pins to your brooches and beads, let them dry, and insert them into the base or ball, or you can attach your brooches using pins to wire and insert them.
  4. Keep pinning! If you’re using flowers, insert them into the bouquet where you prefer. If not, keep going with the brooches and gems.
  5. When you’re finished, wrap your bouquet holder in a few layers of wired ribbon and pull the tulle gently around the base of the bouquet holder to finish the look you’re going for. (This is really a matter of personal choice — you can fashion the tulle into a bow or a knot or simply wrap it loosely around the base.)
Make a brooch bouquet in 5 simple steps
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