March 9, 2011
Welcome to my weekly chronicle of my wedding planning and fun. My husband and I got married on September 18th 2010. Catch up on previous wedding posts here.
Last week I showed you my brooch bouquet which I made from family jewelry and pins I had collected. It was such a special part of my day, certainly a unique touch that our guests loved and I loved having.
Today I'll show you how I put mine together. Earlier last year I made one for my sister's wedding, so I won't repeat all the steps in this tutorial. But mine was a little different, I added in fake hydrangea flowers. Here are more tips for you brides-to-be and general wedding and craft lovers :-)
If you want all the steps on how to make a brooch bouquet without fake flowers and just brooches and pins visit this post.
I made mine very similar to my sister's by collecting the brooches and pins, creating a stem for the brooch, wrapping it with ribbon and piecing it all together. But for mine I added faux hydrangeas in between the pins. Here are the details.
First, I gathered all the brooches and pins I collected from my family members, thrift adventures and orders from the jewelry counter at my bridal salon. This was only part of the collection.
I followed all the steps in making my sister's bouquet to make the stems with wire, wrap them with pipe cleaner, floral tape and ribbon. It was serious craft hour. Make that hours :-)
I decided to gather the brooch stems with three faux hydrangeas to break up the heaviness of the metal and to make the bouquet larger. These were faux flower stems from the craft store in an ivory color which matched my dress and was part of our overall wedding color family.
I had 30 brooch stems in total and put 10 on each hydrangea stem and wrapped each together with clear tape. This will be the part when you feel like you don't have enough hands, but keep at it, trust me, it's worth it.
Then I collected all three stems and taped those together.
For the red ribbon on the stem I folded pieces underneath to hide the tape and stems of the brooches and adhered them with my hot glue gun.
Then I wrapped the entire stem with ribbon. This ribbon matched my shoes. Yes I wore red shoes with my ivory wedding dress :-)
And that was about it! In total this took my sister and I about two hours and me another hour to put it all together. I loved the result.
Later in the night it decorated the Parisian dessert table.
I loved making this and having family memories with me on my special day. I'd love to answer any questions you have on making one, please leave a comment!