Wedding DIY : Brooch bouquet

Brooch bouquets certainly aren’t a new thing in wedding world, I’ve posted about them before here and here, and there are numerous people selling them. But they’re still an ideal way to get some sparkle into a wedding and to give you a bouquet that lasts longer than just the big day.

I’m a firm believer that it’s the personal touches that make a wedding day; the stuff that speaks for you and your partner, the stuff that sets your wedding apart from others for whatever reason.

DIY touches are the perfect way to personalise your wedding. If you’ve made it yourself it’s going to more meaningful than if you’d bought it online.

And so when Corsage Creations contacted me to see if I wanted a go at making a brooch bouquet myself, I decided to accept the challenge, in case any of you out there want to make one yourself but have no clue where to start!

What you’ll need

Step-by-step photos

Here are images for each step. I’ll explain all below…

Wedding DIY Brooch Bouquet

How to assemble your brooch bouquet

  1. Assemble your armature by screwing the handle into the dome.
  2. Slide the provided foam over the handle.
  3. For brooches with pins (such as those from Corsage Creations) dab a little super glue on the screw part of each pin.
  4. Screw the pin into the brooch and leave to dry before using.
  5. Repeat for all the brooches!
  6. Position the brooches by pushing them through the armature into the foam. This can be fiddly and take time. Don’t worry if you have to reposition some to get the desired effect. And watch your hands – the pins can come through the foam if you’re not careful!
  7. For any brooches without a pin you can attach wire and wrap the wire round the armature.
  8. You should end up with a beautiful bouquet shape…
  9. … with a full, even coverage of brooches.
  10. To mask the gaps, push strips of organza, or similar material, into the holes with a pointed implement – I used a kebab skewer :)
  11. Next, secure the ends of the pins by wrapping wire around them and continue to wrap tightly down the handle – this will make it look less bulky.
  12. When at the end of your bouquet handle, pop a piece of ribbon over to hide the foam…
  13. … and continue wrapping back up the handle until it feels secure. Cut off the end of the wire.
  14. Fold strips of ribbon in half and hot glue them together, then glue them over the underside of the bouquet, hiding the pins and organza, overlapping as you go.
  15. Continue until the entire underside of the bouquet is covered.
  16. Now it’s time to cover that un-wedding-worthy handle. Hot glue another piece of ribbon to the handle and wrap around the length of the foam, overlapping as you go to ensure no parts of the foam and wire are exposed.
  17. When the entire handle is covered, trim the ribbon and glue it into place.
  18. I then added lace just to finish it off. But you could add burlap, a coloured ribbon of your choice, or simply leave it as it is.

Ta da!

And there you have it! A beautiful bouquet for your wedding that will last for ever, and that you can be super proud of because you made it yourself :D

If video tutorials are more your thing then Corsage Creations have a fantastic one right here.

As for cost, a kit such as this one will set you back £200. For those with a tighter budget, or if you’re after a more colourful bouquet, I’d recommend purchasing the armature and filler brooches from Corsage Creations to complement a job lot of brooches from elsewhere.

Finally, if you make one yourself, please share the results, I’d love to see :D

Debs
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7 Responses to “Wedding DIY : Brooch bouquet”

  1. Taylor says:

    you’re such a creative crafter.

  2. Debs - Belle Amour says:

    Thanks Taylor :D

  3. Hi,

    Wow Beautiful!! Great Work.. Thank you

  4. Jane Ang says:

    Great Information. A very creative crafter, thank you fr sharing your ideas.

  5. Lana naughton says:

    I would like to make the bouquet. Do you sell the fram? How much? Thanks

  6. El broche, no puede faltar. Hermoso!

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