I made my brooch bouquet. It took me 3 tries and ALOT of researach before I got it the exact way I wanted, but now I have a keepsake that I can hold on to forever and maybe pass down to my kids. I also made all of the flowers for my wedding, so I got schooled fairly quickly on working with artificial flowers and floral wire
🙁 AND I still have scars to show for it almost a month after my wedding.
I don’t know where you live, but if you are near North Florida I could help you complete your bouquet. Message me if you are interested, I think we all need to pay it forward 🙂
If not, I think if you invest in a small styrofoam ball and cover it with some fabric or flower stems you won’t have to spend but maybe $10 more dollars on your project. Michaeals, AC Moore and Hobby Lobby all do 50% off coupons, use it to buy the foam ball. Head over to the Dollar Store or Walmart for inexpensive flower bushes or thin fabric that you can push the floral wire through easliy.
Cover your ball with the flowers or fabric. I would suggest flowers so you can have a fuller look without buying more brooches,maybe 3 fluffy bushes of hydrangea, carnations or similar bushy flower. Cut the stems just below the head of the bush and glue them into the foam.
PHOTO FROM MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT COVERING FOAM SEMICIRCLE
Do this all over your foam ball until its atleast 90% covered. Leave the bottom 1/3 or the foam ball clear so you will have enough room to decorate the handle. I also found floral tape at my local dollar store. I used it to bind up the wire stems and the handle, instead of duct tape. Its easier to work with.
MY FIRST ATTEMPT USING A SEMI CIRCLE FOAM SEMI CIRCLE
SECOND ATTEMPT WITH SEMI CIRCLE
I used pink hydrangea to create the ruffle look at the bottom. I also switched the base to a 7 inch styrofoam ball and angled the hydrangea upwards at the bottom.
Also, here are some links to my blog where I shared my trials and tribulations that I encountered during the process of making my brooch bouquet. Hopefully this helps and please let me know if you have any questions. I got a lot of help and assistance from other bees and blogs. I think its only fair that I share what I’ve learned.
DIY Brooch Bouquet Project Started http://www.weddingbycolor.com/jasminedanelle/milestones/188541
DIY Wedding – Brooch Bouquet in Progress – Part 1 -http://www.weddingbycolor.com/jasminedanelle/milestones/188757
Brooch Bouquet in Progress – Part 2 http://www.weddingbycolor.com/jasminedanelle/milestones/188907
Brooch Bouquet in Progress – Part 3 http://www.weddingbycolor.com/jasminedanelle/milestones/189095
DIY Brooch Bouquet Complete http://www.weddingbycolor.com/jasminedanelle/milestones/189528