my Brooch bouquet completed finally!! and I love it (pic heavy)

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2005

Looks like it took a lot of work! Very cute and unique. =]

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I made five brooch bouquets for my wedding – one for myself and one for each of my four bridesmaids and I didn’t seem to encounter the difficulties that you are describing.  I would recommend untaping your stems and filling in a base of artificial flowers.  The flowers aren’t really there to be seen, but they give a glimpse of color underneath and they also provide the desired shape.  My bouquet has 23 red individual silk carnations filling out the base which made it into the shape that I wanted.  Good luck!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Maybe if you can use a styrofoam ball to make it rounder that would be good. Sorry to say I dont like it. Looks kind of messy.. I dont mean to be mean but thats my opinion.. 🙁

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes that is a great idea.  it will make it easier for you. I too used flowers to make mines. T wanted some flowers in mines, so it worked out good.  Don’t fret I took mines apart 4 or 5 times until I was satisfied with it.  Just take your time do a little at a time when your up for it.

 

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Since the artificial flower is just filler you can always go by some at your local dollar store for a $1 per stem. Even the cheap ones will change it dramatically and I think for an extra $5 you would love the difference it makes and how it shapes the bouquet.

 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Completed DIY Brooch Bouquet :  wedding 163335 242047365899585 1369807294 N

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

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