How to design a Brooch Bouquet

I love brooch bridal bouquets!  If I were getting married now I would so carry one of these beauties down the aisle.  Brooch bouquets are amazing for so many reasons.  Let me count the ways: they are sparkly, they make meaningful keepsakes after the wedding, they are sparkly, you can use jewelry from family members and carry a bit of them with you down the aisle, you make your brooch bouquet well in advance of the wedding, you never have to worry about it not holding up throughout the day and they are sparkly.

Making a brooch bouquet is quite the DIY project!  It takes patience and creativity.  But it is a worthy endeavor.  Especially when you are ready to walk down the aisle carrying a beautiful brooch bouquet of your own making.

How to make a Brooch Bridal Bouquet:

Supplies:

50-85 brooches, large earrings or necklaces (I used 55 pieces.  ½ were jewelry pieces from my grandmother and great-grandmother and the other ½ I purchased on clearance at Michael’s)

2 feet 5 inch wide Midori taffeta ribbon in gold

3 yards 3/8 inch wide Midori velvet ribbon in almond

3 yards of clear and gold seed beads strung on wire

Scissors

Wire cutters

Needle nose pliers

Hot glue gun with glue

22-gauge green florist wire

Light green corsage tape

Clear gem topped pins

2 stems of inexpensive artificial hydrangea-light green

Choosing your brooches:

You should consider a few things when choosing the jewelry pieces you are going to include into your brooch bouquet.

1. Colors- Choose at least three but not more than five color families and stick to them.  I used shades of green, purple, turquoise and gold pieces with antique gold as my metal accent.

2. Finish- Choose one metal type.  I prefer to use either all shades of gold metals or all shades of silver.  I think it gives your finished brooch bouquet a more polished look.

3. Size- Pick jewelry pieces in a variety of sizes.  It will give your bouquet depth and dimension.

4. Sentimentality- You may want to include a few pieces of jewelry that have special meaning to you.  A brooch your grandma always wore, you and your fiancée’s initials or the earrings your mother wore on her wedding day would all be sweet additions.

5. Value- I would not use any jewelry pieces that are worth too much money.  The bouquet will be tossed around and set down all day long.  It would be terrible to loose a particularly valuable piece of jewelry.

6. Inspiration- If you have a brooch that you love use it to inspire to colors of the entire bouquet.

Step One: Wire and taping

Attach wire to your jewelry pieces. Since each brooch will be different you will need to alter your wiring technique for each piece.  For heavier pieces you will want to use a couple of pieces of wire.  The wired brooch should not droop when you hold it between two fingers otherwise it will not hold up in the finished bouquet.

Twirl the corsage tape down the wire pulling as you go.  The tape sticks best when gently pulled and is overlapping itself.  This will take some practice.  Be patient and take your time

The wired and taped brooch should be sturdy.  The tape finishes the wire, holding multiple wires together and adding some strength

Repeat until all your jewelry pieces are wired and taped.

Step Two: Assemble the brooch bouquet

Hold the hydrangeas in your left hand.  Insert your wired and taped jewelry pieces one at a time.  The hydrangea acts as a spacer and it fills in any gaps between the jewelry pieces so you cannot see the wires.  The hydrangea will be completely covered when you are done with your bouquet. Rotate the bouquet as you insert the brooches while maintaining a pleasing domed shape

After you have added all the wired brooches and have the bouquet in a shape you like, gather all the wire ends tightly together and wrap with the corsage tape to form the handle of the bouquet.

Step 3: Seed bead loops

Make 3-inch loops out of wired seed beads.

Continue looping until you are holding four loops.

Attach a long wire and tape the length.  Make a total of four seed bead clusters.

Collar the bottom of the bouquet with the seed bead loops.  Tape the wires in place down the handle of the bouquet.

Step Four: Ribbon collar and handle

Cut eight inches of the ribbon and set aside.  Grasp the remaining ribbon in two fingers on the end at the edge.  Hold the copper wire that runs the length of the ribbon and start pulling the wire, pleating the ribbon as you go.  Continue until the entire ribbon is ruffled.

Grasp the wire you used to pleat the ribbon at both cut ends.  Twist the wire together.

Run a bead of hot glue down the rough edges of both ends of the ribbon.  Press the glued ends together to form a seam.

Wrap the stem of the bouquet with the eight inches of ribbon you placed to the side.

Place the bouquet handle through the ribbon collar. And glue in place.

Wrap the seam of where the bouquet collar meets the handle in velvet ribbon.  Finish with a small bow and the gem headed pins.

The finished aisle worthy bouquet!

Another version of the brooch bouquet with fresh flowers included throughout the arrangement.

Brooch bouquet collared with fresh flowers.

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81 Comments

  • Reply January 25, 2013

    Sandy

    I love this idea and I’m thinking of different ways to put my own twist on it. I would love to see what some of others turned out. Maybe people can post pictures of their finished bouquets.

  • Reply February 12, 2013

    Linda nelson

    This will make a great addition to my daughters Vintage wedding dress. Thank you for posting.

  • Reply February 22, 2013

    Shannon

    I’m planning to make my own bouquet for my wedding this August. About how long does this take using the 55 brooches?

  • Reply February 22, 2013

    Mary Clements

    amazing

  • Reply March 1, 2013

    jody presnall

    how do you determine the amount of jewels to buy ?

  • Reply March 5, 2013

    Tabitha

    Hi how long do you cut the wire?

    Thanks

  • Reply March 16, 2013

    leandra

    Amazing! I loved the step by step process. Its been sooo helpful. But how would you go about doing like necklaces and rings and what not? How would you gobout assembling themthem

  • Reply March 24, 2013

    Shirley

    Thanks! ,so much for the tutorial. I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to make my brooch bouquet, but with this tutorial I know that I will be able to. I had my family and friends give me an inexpensive brooch that way they will be a part of my wedding. Thanks! again.

  • Reply April 12, 2013

    Holly

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!! My brooch bouquet turned out perfect! I wish I could upload a picture for you to see but thanky ou sooo much!

  • Reply May 21, 2013

    Kristen

    Thank you so much! I’ve been wanting to make one of these for my wedding and now I think it actually will be possible!!

  • Reply July 2, 2013

    Christina

    WOW! THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!!!!!
    I have been collecting brooches for my wedding bouquet for a while now. I had no idea how to create my bouquet and no experience with floral arrangements. This tutorial helped me to create a bouquet better than I could have imagined! Thank you for your clear directions and pictures to match. You helped make my special day even more wonderful!

  • Reply July 11, 2013

    deb brown

    I love your easy step by step approach. My daughter is getting married on New Years Eve 2013. We have time but have started making all 8 bouquets. So far we have been wiring all the brooches we have. We also asked grandparents, friends, family for brooches to use. We also went online and purchased 110 brooches for $54.00 website: http://www.fabulousbrooch.com they are beautiful and inexpensive.

    • Reply January 19, 2014

      Michelle K

      Questions for ya: did you buy the 110 brooches individually on that website or did you find them listed as a bulk set? I looked and couldn’t find anything like a “box of brooches” and i’ll probably need that many! They have really good prices though! Also how did your bouquet turn out? Did you follow this tutorial?
      Thanks ahead of time, I’m just curious, I’ll be making my sister’s wedding bouquet and i’m gathering ideas and supplies right now:)

      • Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas
        Reply January 26, 2014

        Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas

        Hi Michelle- I collected the brooches form all over. Some where vintage form my grandmother and others I found at Michael’s and other stores. I have had good luck sourcing brooches on e-bay too.

        I did follow this tutorial to make the bouquet. The one in the picture is the one I made!

  • Reply August 14, 2013

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  • Reply October 5, 2013

    Jocelyn

    Great tutorial. I hope that mine turns out like this! I have most all of my brooches and wil be starting assembly this week for my wedding in December. If you decide to mix with fresh flowers is there anyway you can have everything assembled ahead of time and add some day before? I am worried about leaving too much to the last minute and not being able to get it to look good?

    • Shannon
      Reply October 7, 2013

      Shannon

      Hi Jocelyn-

      Honestly, unless you arrange flowers often, I would just stick with the brooches. Adding the fresh flowers can be tricky for sure! We are planning a DIY tutorial for the fresh flower and brooch bouquet but it will not be completed until February.

      Make sure you send us a picture of your finished bouquet. I would love to see it!

      -Shannon

  • Reply December 11, 2013

    Rachel

    Thanks to your post I made a beautiful brooch bouquet for my 25th wedding anniversary! Come take a look! http://www.wondrance.com/brooch-bouquet-diy/

    • Shannon
      Reply December 11, 2013

      Shannon

      Wonderful Rachel! You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply December 29, 2013

    Sandra Keen

    I think this brooch bouquet is beautiful. I will be making my granddaugthers bouquet and bridesmaid also. thanks for the instrustions.

    • Shannon
      Reply December 30, 2013

      Shannon

      You are so welcome! Send pictures when you are done.

  • Reply December 31, 2013

    Catherine Riccioni

    This is a great tutorial! Very clear and easy to understand! I used it to make my first two bouquets ( a bride and maid of honor). The results far exceeded my expectations of a first attempt! Well done : )

    • Shannon
      Reply January 1, 2014

      Shannon

      Thank you so much! I would love to see some pictures!

  • Reply February 2, 2014

    Kimberly

    This bouquet has given me enough courage to make this for my mom for her 50th wedding anniversary vow renewal ceremony. How many seed beed “bouquets” did you make? I see only one here with 4 loops, but am not sure exactly how you wrapped this around the bottom. It appears to be about 8 loops on the finished product.

    • Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas
      Reply February 4, 2014

      Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas

      Hi Kimberly-

      I believe I made four or five of the stems with the seed bead loops. There is some pictures in the post about how to make the loops. Best of luck and I am sure it will look wonderful!

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