Blue Brooch Bouquet

Once upon a time, in my early days as a Bee, I wrote this post about my plans to create a brooch bouquet. I even gave you a little sneak peek at its progress here, but that is where I stopped! Other projects became more of a priority and I never got around to sharing the final product with you before the wedding. It’s your lucky day because I’m sharing now!

This project was indeed a labor of love and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I’m still so in love with it and I now get to enjoy it every day.

So how about I just show it to you and then tell you how it came to be?

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Photo by Stephen Martin Photography

I won’t reinvent the wheel when other bees before me have posted fantastic tutorials on how to make your own, including Mrs. Sloth’s and Mrs. Stripes’, whose post was recently featured on the Helpful Series. I followed Stripes’ method with just a few modifications.

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The tools used for this project were needle nose pliers, wire cutters, floral tape and 22 gauge floral wire. The wire is very inexpensive, as is the tape, and I already owned the pliers and cutters.

I began by cutting a pile of wire in 24 inch lengths.

Then, as in Stripes’ tutorial, I attached each wire to a brooch like a stem. I didn’t reinforce them other than wrapping floral tape around each wire. I’d have to stop after every 10 stems or so to go wash the tackiness off of my fingers.

After all the wiring and wrapping, I was left with a pile of stems.

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Obviously not the whole pile!

When it came time to assemble the bouquet, I was a little concerned about the lack of color in my brooches. I didn’t want colored brooches, but I also didn’t want them to look flat against my ivory dress. I had shared this inspiration pic, and as gorgeous as it is, I was afraid a similar look would fail to really pop like I wanted.

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Image via Etsy.com Noaki Shop

I needed a framework to aid in the assembly, so what better way to incorporate some color than the support? I browsed the craft aisle at Meijer during a grocery shopping trip and walked away with these:

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The blue was deep enough and the clearance price told me they were meant to be! I held the three bunches in my hand and made them into a mound shape. MOB and I then started sliding the stems in here and there, trying to maintain a round, bouquet-like shape. The floral tape around each stem made it a little difficult to slide them in. If I were to do this again (make a bouquet – not re-marry!) I would skip the floral tape step.

After lots of tweaking, bending and shaping, I had this:

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I couldn’t believe how well it came together! I knew I was going to love carrying this down the aisle on the wedding day. The addition of the navy really helped the beauty and sparkle of each brooch shine through. I had brooches from both of my grandmothers, my eBay auction lot, a few converted rings, a few new purchases, and pearl picks by David Tutera.

Even though it was looking beautiful, something was still missing. It needed finishing touches, including something to balance out the bottom. Thank goodness for the talented MOB!

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She sewed a ruffle out of navy satin and attached it to a plastic bouquet holder from Jo-Ann. We painted the holder so it blended in better. We also wrapped the handle in navy satin and included my “something old,” a piece of lace from my mom’s wedding dress.

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Photo by Stephen Martin Photography

There were just a few last additions needed…

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…my Sunhat charm, Funnel Cake charm, Bee charms and my late grandmother’s rosary. Why a Funnel Cake charm? Mrs. Funnel Cake passed along her bee charms to me and included an adorable Funnel Cake charm. I loved having her with me in spirit on my wedding day!

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My Sunhat charm was a little large so I pinned it under the skirt of my gown.

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First and third photos by Stephen Martin Photography

Looking at this last picture too long will bring me to tears. My grandmother’s faith was so strong and having her rosary with me brought me peace. I glanced down and saw it right before I walked down the aisle and a calm washed over me. It saddens me that she wasn’t physically there with us that day, but her spirit was a strong and constant presence.

Once I added the love of the Hive, my mom and grandmother, the bouquet was complete. It was such a special piece and I’m so happy I took the time to make this for myself. Most of our guests had never seen such a thing and some even came up to me during our receiving line to take a picture of it!

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Photo by Stephen Martin Photography

So there you have it—the DIY project I think I am most proud of. I’m sorry it took me so long to share it with you! You’ll get to see even more of the bouquet throughout my recap pictures.

Are you creating your own bouquet? Fresh flowers, faux or something else?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Sunhat

Location:
Dyer, IN
Wedding Date:
December 2011

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:18 pm

    I’m doing a brooch bouquet too! How many brooches did you use? I’m worried I won’t have enough since I want a bigger bouquet since I’m a bigger and taller person.

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    hosannac 194 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:33 pm

    Please take this as a huge complement: I’m sooo not a fan of brooch bouquets, but this one is absolutely gorgeous! I love how it’s cohesive and sparkly. Great job!

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    Rhi 19 posts, Newbee @ 12:44 pm

    That. Is. Amazing. Seriously, excellent work! What an idea. Bit late for me, but maybe an idea for my little sis, bee in training!

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    doily 1720 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:36 pm

    It was just as beautiful in person! It sparkled so much! It gave me serious bouquet envy!!

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 1:37 pm

    I LOVE your bouquet! So fantastic!

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    RoxanneV, Guest @ 1:38 pm

    I am not doing a flower bouquet, but THIS I want, It’s gorgeous! Maybe I can make mini-ones for table centerpieces instead of the tulips I had planned. I am going to go and buy brooches right now! Well, maybe not right now, maybe tomorrow … :D

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    RoxanneV, Guest @ 1:39 pm

    @RoxanneV:I am now a guest? How come?

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    sam2412 174 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:52 pm

    Hi ,
    Love it – just my colors as well – exactly what I’m working on.
    Where did you find the navy satin ribbon? I’ve been looking and it seems like the hardest color to find

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:24 pm

    It turned out beautifully!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:24 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love how the flowers makes the brooches pop and sparkle that much more.

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:30 pm

    @Miss Eagle: I used about sixty. At first I didn’t think I was going to have enough, but as I put it together, it was perfect!

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:37 pm

    @hosannac: Well thank you so much!
    @Miss Doily: Aw thanks Doily!
    @ljaepelt: I know – why is navy so hard to find?! I don’t remember offhand but I will get back to you on that.

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    Aure, Guest @ 2:40 pm

    This turned out incredibly well! I haven’t decided if I’ll tackle a brooch bouquet on my own but this gives me some confidence!

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    scone 181 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:48 pm

    Love it!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:54 pm

    I love your bouquet! So pretty and a great keepsake from the wedding day.

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    WILLIAKELLLB 283 posts, Helper bee @ 5:02 pm

    easily the best one I’ve ever seen, hands down

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:44 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love how you combined the brooches and flowers. That’s really snazzy.

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    coyote 1546 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:13 pm

    Wowza, this absolutely amazing Sunhat! It’s so beautiful!

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    petitfour 695 posts, Busy bee @ 6:32 pm

    This is amazing. That is all.

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:00 am

    I can’t thank you enough for this amazing idea! I am actually doing this for my wedding, including the mini-ones for the table centerpieces!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:36 am

    Ahhh I absolutely looove your brooch bouquet! Maybe the most favourite one I have ever seen. You are so talented! And I’m honoured I could be there with you in spirit on the big day! *Hugs* :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:58 am

    I’m having a Brooch bouquet as well (it will be purchased from the phenomenal folks over at Etsy, though). This one is GORGEOUS. Congrats on making it yourself! :)

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    alohababy28 468 posts, Helper bee @ 1:55 pm

    It’s gorgeous! You did a wonderful job!

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    Mrs.KMM 13171 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 11:39 am

    This looks fantastic! Love it!

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    Sugacooki 26 posts, Newbee @ 6:21 pm

    Bump, beautiful job!

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    Wilhelmina 25 posts, Newbee @ 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much for showing us how you did it. I cannot use flowers because I’m allergic to them. I thought that I could not have a bouquet. I will see if I can make one together with my spouse.

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    docgardner 30 posts, Newbee @ 8:54 am

    I love this. I had been debating the idea of a brooch bouquet, and now am I am inspired to try and make one. Any suggestions on where to find brooches?

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    misshotsauce 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:15 am

    Hi there, I sent your card on January 22 from Canada! I hope it gets there, I am starting to get worried now..! It seems like an awfully long time… I look forward to hearing you receive it soon!!! Cheers!

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    kim27 6 posts, Newbee @ 6:03 pm

    gorgeous! I love it!

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    lisha_1988 1353 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:51 am

    Where is it you can get the brooches from? I have seen girls paying no more than $5 per brooch yet the beest i have found is $10?

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    jennyemm 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:38 am

    How much did this run you? i like the idea of a brooch bouquet but I’m worried getting so many brooches would be super expensive

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    Jessica Flores, Guest @ 11:56 am

    I found great brooches on FabulousBrooch.com. Here is my review of the company and their brooches: http://youtu.be/0gsaaHp3feY

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    agasp6912 3 posts, Wannabee @ 9:30 pm

    your bouquet is amazing!! I’m currently working on one but I’m having a really hard time with turning my brooches into flowers. Did you fully wrap each brooch with the floral wire? I keep trying to do mine but the brooches always open up and stab me. Its becoming a little frustrating. I would love some advice :)

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    Jessica Flores, Guest @ 5:51 am

    @agasp6912:

    Hey there! I’m actually doing a video tutorial very soon on my website and it’s affiliated channel. I’m just waiting to get the brooches delivered. It will most likely be up on Friday. You can follow my blog and be one of the first to see it.

    http://www.DomesticatedMe.com

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    RoxanneV, Guest @ 5:59 am

    I can hardly wait to see your video!

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    starcharades 626 posts, Busy bee @ 12:21 pm

    Will we get to see your pictures?

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    Marlo, Guest @ 10:21 pm

    Great job, LOVE it!!

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    MrsN2Be 590 posts, Busy bee @ 8:54 pm

    I didn’t want 100% brooches, I wanted a pop of colour against my white dress so I’m going to get red flowers (Michael’s here I come) and make mine similar to yours (and take your tip on the floral tape on the stems).

    Your bouquet is/was simply amazing!!! You did a great job, be proud of your work (and maybe consider selling them on etsy).

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    tibbets 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:00 pm

    This has completely inspired me. I’m not a big fan of flowers and this is epic. I adore it. Thank you SO much for sharing.

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    jlc3 1153 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:39 am

    Beautiful! The navy/blue is my main colour along with a silver. This is my new inspiration for a brooch bouquet – thanks for posting!

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    AlmostMrs_L 60 posts, Worker bee @ 7:12 pm

    Wow soo gorge…I’m making mine also, hopefully it comes out as great as yours and as Jessica Flores, Jessica was my initial inspiration to do this in the first place….Thanks Jessica!!

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