Obvious really a brooch bouquet needs loads of brooches, the number
needed will depend factors such as on the size that you want your bouquet, your
budget, the size of your chosen bouquet holder. Second hand brooches from friends and family may help keep the price
down and I also sell a selection of inexpensive brooches. To fill smaller gaps clip on earrings or diamante or pearl buttons can work well, buttons are usually cheaper than brooches. Crystal and pearl beads also make great fillers for small gaps.
How many brooches do I need for a brooch bouquet. Well a good start would be 20 of the £1.99 small brooches and 5 of the £3.99 large brooches then you can add more as you need depending on your bouquet size.
Buy brooches for a brooch bouquet
you will need absolutely loads don't under estimate how much you will
need. I am using 2 x 50 cm length PER brooch.
I have some for sale which is anti tarnish. I used 0.5 as this is a good thickness for threading through brooches and twisting easily. but you may have to strengthen it by using extra or adding in florist wire.
Buy wire for brooch bouquet
If you aren't confident about creating shape you can use artificial hydrangea heads to give structure that you can work through, but it's not necessary, 1 or 2 depending on bouquet size.
To cover the wire work you can use a lace collar on a plastic cone, choose either one larger than your bouquet to frame it, or one
the same size so that it only covers the underneath. If you aren't keen on the lace you can add a ribbon frill on top of the lace. I sell them here
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9 inch white lace bouquet collar DIY
You may want to get one of these to cover the wires, unless you want to wrap the handle in ribbon. I sell these too and they have
more space in the handle for the stems, a lot of the others I have seen on sale have very
Buy plastic bouquet handle
The ones that I now sell clip together with the collar and don't need gluing
9 inch white lace collar and handle for wedding bouquet
You may want to use stem wrap, (optional I didn't ) it's called parafilm wrap in either white or green, I got
mine from Ebay
If you aren't using one of the collar and handles that I sell which clip together you may need to glue the handle to the lace collar's cone you could use Gorilla glue which is very strong but it is brown and expands loads so you need to be
very careful with it, again I purchased it from Ebay, but it is widely available.
You will probably damage some
brooches, stones may be dislodged and pearls can easily be knocked loose so you
may need some jewellery glue, ordinary glues like superglue discolour the stones so you need a specialist one ebeads sell one called dazzle-tac.
small nosed pliers, wire cutters, I bought a 5 piece mini tool set
A Hydrangea flower makes a good base for your bouquet as it will give you
something to help you keep your shape and will stop you seeing any gaps. I have
chosen a large white one from Dunelm. Cut the stem to the length that you will
need for your handle. You may want to cut it longer as you can shorten it
wire all your brooches and earrings. There are many ways to do this and you
can work out what works best for you. I have used open work brooches and
threaded the wire through and across the pin to stop it opening, then through a
gap and back again. I have done this twice so that there are 4 strands of wire
which can be twisted together in the centre to form the stem.
I find it easiest to grip the wire and twist the brooch this gives a nice
tight twist. The brooch should stand up on the stem unsupported like a flower.
If the brooch is too heavy you can add a thicker supporting wire. Cut a length of
thicker florist wire. Hook the end, loop it through the wires that are twisted
together and then twist it in.
When your brooches are wired you may want to cover the wire with parafilm wrap (I didn't). This sticks
to itself, grip the film in one hand and twist the stem stretching the film
slightly as you go. it gets easier after the first attempt. If you don't want to
do this you can omit this step it just gives a more professional finish. (I
probably would only use this around the top 2" as it makes it difficult to
position the brooches as it it sticks together)
Hold the Hydrangea in one hand and insert the brooches between the petals
until all the head is covered.
You can either wire them to the stem as you go or just hold them till you
have finished. A glass jar is useful as you can stand the bouquet in it when you
pause. Standing it in the jar or gripping it near the top will let you see the
identify what size brooches you need to fill the gaps, large clip on earrings
or rhinestone buttons are good for small gaps.
When all of the brooches are in position wrap wire around the stems near the
top to hold them in place,then wrap the stems in either parafilm or any kind of
insert the bouquet into your bouquet collar. If you want a larger collar you
can top it with circles of tulle, netting or lace. You may need to trim the hole at the bottom of the cone to allow all the stems to pass through, but don't cut too much off if you are also using the plastic handle.
You can either wrap the stems in ribbon to form your handle or you can use
the handle from an Oasis bouquet holder. I have used this as it gives a
neater more practical handle. If you are using the handle first remove the Oasis
ball then trim off the open work plastic at the top, you may need to file off
the rough edges.
Insert the stems into the holder to check the fit. trim the stems so that
they sit in the holder at the right height. Remove the bouquet collar and handle
and glue the collar into the handle.
when the handle and collar are secure and the glue has dried, pop the bouquet
into the holder.Use wire threaded through the frill of the holder to secure the
bouquet into place.
When I made this I didn't use the Hydrangea head I just started in the
middle with the first brooch and gathered the others in my hand as I would with
real flowers as I added them round. I wired round the stems then added in earrings and buttons to fill the gaps. I found the lace frill a bit too lacy for
my taste, it is still there but I cut a length of satin ribbon, ran a wire
through it and pulled it in to sit between the brooches and the bouquet
24 brooches value £89.74,1 button and 4 earrings value £17.96 and 1 rhinestone button
1 7" lace collar ( my present stock is 9" )
1 bouquet handle
Approx 28 metres of 0.5 gauge wire & thicker florist wire