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 July 22, 2010

    Jessica Pollock

    Wow! That is a gorgeous bouquet and an awesome tutorial! Great job! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply July 22, 2010

    Kate Miller

    LOVE this DIY! Amazing!

  • Reply July 22, 2010

    Bre Thurston

    Wowza! AMAZING! What a unique touch.

  • Reply July 23, 2010

    Beth Baugher

    super cool judy, you rock my world ! what a great illustration. love love love.

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  • Reply July 25, 2010

    Denise Benda

    Great Job on the tutorial – Love how it looks with beautiful detailed finish on the handle!

  • What a fantastic idea! I love the step by step instructions :) A very unique and fun addition to a wedding :)

  • Reply August 2, 2010

    Toni Birmingham

    Your blog was so helpful to me. I am in the process of making my daughters bouquet for her wedding. You made it look so easy. I have had floral designing training and so that helped me alot.

    • Reply June 22, 2012

      Allyson Martini

      I have been in the process of making a wedding brooch bouquet for my daughter for the past 6 months…need a bit of additional help or suggestions of how to put them together and what type of ribbons and flower would you suggest for the underside of the brooches..??? Need more help in putting them all together as there will be over 50 or more pins in her bouquet. Please call me at 630-715-9178….. help help help…wish you were here.

      Allyson Martini
      Wedding in November

  • Reply August 4, 2010

    Kelly Dodson

    Beautiful bouquet, and great tutorial! Thank you.

  • Reply February 29, 2012

    becky

    Thank you SO much for the great tutorial!!

  • Reply March 1, 2012

    Ev

    Loved your design technique. Have you ever used a form shape to make the brooch bouquet such as a Lomey wedding bouquet holder?

    • Reply March 2, 2012

      Judy

      No- I have not used a bouquet holder to make the brooch bouquet. I am not sure the brooches will stay in the holder.

  • Reply March 2, 2012

    Chanda

    I absolutely LOVE this!!!!! I am going to be doing this for my renewal next year! I cant wait to get started on it!!!!! Thanks so much for the very informative DIY!

  • Reply March 4, 2012

    Kalei

    I absolutely love this! This is my favorite one by far. I am in the process of making my own like this and I am in love with it! Thank you so much!

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  • Reply March 28, 2012

    jennifer

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I just saw one on a site, and was like “i love it” but it was $500.. so i of course looked for a different route and this is amazing. thank you!

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  • Reply April 9, 2012

    Bridget

    For making the collar you said to use 2 yards minus 8 inches. Did you mean 2 feet? When I used 6 feet of ribbon with 8 inches missing I had a hole 12″ in diameter after pulling the wire and pleating the ribbon. Please advise. Thanks.

  • Reply April 22, 2012

    Yolanda C

    I love the tutorial on the brooch bouquet. Can you tell me a good site to make a teardrop brooch bouquet.

  • Reply May 7, 2012

    Geri

    Thank you for the awesome details in your directions for making a bouquet. This was a huge help and they are beautiful.

  • Reply May 13, 2012

    Kirsty

    Thanks for the step by step guide, I made a brooch bouquet for my wedding last year and it was stunning, it was a real WOW piece that was so individual as all the brooches had special meanings. Your guide was so easy to follow! Thanks!

  • Reply May 16, 2012

    Kalei

    Ah! I found the picture of this bouquet and fell in love! I am getting married in June and I am just finishing my bouquet up! I love it so much! My grandma passed away right as I began making it so I used brooches from her which adds a little more meaning and makes my Wedding day that much more special! Thank you so much for this tutorial, you make it look so easy!

  • Reply May 30, 2012

    Iris Brown - A Flower Lady

    really impressed, thanks for sharing, your great.

  • Reply June 14, 2012

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  • Reply June 19, 2012

    Judy Yublosky

    Fantastic idea! Very clever and quite impressive. I would love to see this in real life.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    reesejin

    This is an amazing idea. I love it! I’m in the process of collecting all the items I will need for my own brooch bouquet. =) thanks for posting this with step by step instructions!

  • Reply July 3, 2012

    Mimi

    My grandson is getting married, and I would like to make one for his bride

  • Reply July 4, 2012

    Petals Daye

    Stunning! and great pictures for tutorial.

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  • Reply July 7, 2012

    Maverick

    AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG<3

  • Reply July 13, 2012

    Wendy Falla

    Fantastic, I have to try this for my grand daughters wedding

  • Reply July 15, 2012

    Beth Harrington

    I just attended my cousins wedding in which the bride and her mom made a brooch bouquet. It was stunning! The bride pinned a brooch on the underside of the bouquet that belongs to her grandmother ( so that it could be returned and used by others) as her “something old”. Great idea!!!

  • Reply July 20, 2012

    Protos Bisutería

    Very nice! You make it look easy, but I m not sure if I will try :)

  • Reply July 20, 2012

    kathy

    My daughter fell in love with the guy and then in love with the brooch bouquet. I followed your instructions and here is a link to a pic of the finished product. Everyone loved it!
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=434935716550755&set=at.434934813217512.96743.100001029914182.1598030118&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

  • Reply August 8, 2012

    Nadia

    Thank you thank you thank you! you are an angel. Know i can make my own.

  • Reply August 9, 2012

    Sue

    My daughter loved this bouquet so much that we made one for her wedding. It is beautiful! She carried the bouquet on Aug. 4th and everyone commented how beautiful it is. For the ribbon on the base, I took fabric that she selected and made a tube that I then ran a running stitch so that it could be ruffled and then attached. I would gladly send you a picture if you would like.

    • Reply March 12, 2013

      Dez

      Pls. send me a picture of your brooch bouquet…pretty please? :) I’m getting married on April and I want to get inspirations in making a brooch bouquet. Thanks in advance.

  • Reply August 10, 2012

    Kalyn Allan

    Amazing tutorial!!!
    I just finished my bouquet, and it’s absolutely stunning. Wanted to say thanks for the easy, straightforward & helpful tutorial. I already know it will make my wedding day all the more special!
    :)
    –K

  • Reply August 12, 2012

    Cindy

    This is gorgeous! I love how you put this together! I write a blog for My Bridal Dream. Check it out – I’d like to mention this amazing tutorial in a recent post about picking the perfect flowers for yourself and your bridal posse. PS: I like sparkly too.

  • Reply August 19, 2012

    Cristy

    I am so making one for my future daughter in law thank you for sharing….. Love love love

  • Reply August 22, 2012

    marcia medina

    I just finished a bouquet for a friend’s daughter. I did a slightly different approach. I took fine mesh ribbon (1 1/2 inch) and gathered it to make a flower. Then I pinned the brooch to the flower, wired and wrapped the wire. I inserted the wires through a green styrofoam ball and then made satin rosebuds from more ribbon and used those as filler. I added loops of fine mesh ribbon at the bottom to give the nosegay look. I was pleased with the results.

    • Reply March 12, 2013

      Dez

      Pls. send me a picture of your brooch bouquet…pretty please? :) I’m getting married on April and I want to get inspirations in making a brooch bouquet. Thanks in advance.

  • Reply August 30, 2012

    Keeley

    Thank you for this amazing project. I have made z gold and silver one and love it!

  • Reply September 7, 2012

    Jacqui

    I wanted my own touch to our special day. This has inspired me to go ahead and use my mothers and grandmothers brooches – something very special to carry with me.
    I was a little nervous at this project but this tutorial is fantastic – keep it simple and have fun.

  • Reply September 11, 2012

    natasha

    What an easy to follow tutorial! I’m tempted to do this for my upcoming wedding, but I’m afraid that I’ll spend alot of money on the jewels and end up not liking the finished product.

    Do you think the bouquet will still be nice without the collar?

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    Katie

    I know you wrote this tutorial a while back, but thank you so much for this post! I am a maid of honor that is making this as a gift for my best friend, the bride. We had a “brooch shower” where everyone who came to her shower brought a brooch as a gift. A great way to collect them quickly, an easy gift idea for the ladies, and cost effective!! I am completely taken with the look at the end with the bouquet collared by flowers. Unfortunately, I’m a little ignorant when it comes to the flower world… Clearly I am not a bride ;) What are the flowers and leaves you used there?

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  • Reply November 23, 2012

    Jerian

    I love this post, do you have a Pinterest link?

  • Reply December 18, 2012

    Star

    Hi! — your step-by-step instruction was my guide in creating my very own brooch wedding bouquet. Thank you! My bouquet was a hit!

  • Reply December 27, 2012

    Erika Brown

    Awesome tutorial. Love it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply January 1, 2013

    Helen Hamilton

    Thank you for you wonderful indepth explanation on how to. It is so helpful.
    Once again thank You.
    Helen

  • Reply January 17, 2013

    Lauren

    AMAZING <3 me and my MOH sister have collected 25 brooches up to now mainly from ebay and charity shops. your step by step guide is brilliant! cant wait for my own creation <3

  • Reply January 25, 2013

    Crafty Lil'Things

    Ah wow thank you so much for this easy to follow tutorial…have been searching the web to find on to use for my wedding bouquets next year but alot were roughly described so im chuffed now!

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