First I need to start off by saying that I was not the girl who grew up dreaming about her wedding. So when the Ginger and I got engaged, I had no clue what I was doing. One of the things that I quickly found out was that a lot of florists do not offer wedding flowers on Mother’s Day weekend–who knew? And if they do, they only offer a couple, and all of those had already booked up of course. To add insult to injury, I didn’t even realize that we had planned our big day on Mother’s Day weekend–the florist informed me as she was graciously turning me down. Fortunately, I had already found an online service that I wanted to use for our centerpieces, so all I needed was my bouquet, corsages, and boutineers. I decided to purchase the corsages and boutineers from Hobby Lobby, and to make my own brooch bouquet all from imitation flowers. Read on to see how to make a brooch bouquet.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Your favorite base flowers (I used a hydrangea bunch because it was cheaper then buying separate ones)
- Accent flowers (I liked the Fresh Picked Brand from Hobby Lobby)
- Floral Wire
- Floral tape
- Scissors/wire cutter
- Brooches–(I purchased mine from Ebay (has a lot of $1 with free shipping but allow for long shipping times), Etsy, and Hobby Lobby)
- Bouquet handle wrap (I used leftover burlap with lace from my Gift Card Box)
First I took apart the hydrangea bunch and played around with the arrangement of flowers in my hand (or Ginger’s hand) to get an idea of what I liked.
Now the fun part, attaching stems to all of your brooches. Since I ordered 3 lots of brooches, I didn’t end up using all of them. I went through and decided which ones I liked on the bouquet, on the corsages and boutineers (the smaller ones), and the bouquet handle (the heart).
Here is how I attached a floral wire to the brooches. I cut a long strip of floral wire and began connecting it through the loop on the brooch. Some proved more difficult than others. The point of this is to firmly attach the broach to “stem.” This will keep the broach tight to the floral wire preventing it from flapping around (very technical right!).
After assembling all of the brooch stems, begin layering your flowers to your choosing. I wrapped bunches together with floral tape as I went. I had to play with it and start over a couple times to get it how I liked. Then cut all of your stems to your desired length.
Finally wrap up your stem with something pretty. I used a little hot glue and pins that I had. Last,I added on the heart shaped brooch.
Now that the wedding is over, I keep my brooch bouquet in a mason jar on the little table in my closet where I put on my makeup. I love that it will last forever : )
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