The bridal bouquet is a traditional part of the wedding ceremony. Many brides choose to preserve their bouquets in a complex and expensive process that requires careful transport and storage. For the bride looking to save time and money, there are alternatives to real flower bouquets, such as the brooch bouquet. This is a great way to incorporate color, sparkle, antiques and art into any wedding. Making such a brooch is a fun craft to do before the wedding.
Things You'll Need
- 20 to 40 brooches
- Flexible metal craft wire
- Wire cutter
- Needle nose pliers
- Hot glue
- Artificial flowers
- Foam hemisphere dome large enough to hold all brooches and flowers
- Wide ribbon
Gather the chosen brooches together. Ideally, the colors and styles of the brooches will coordinate with the other design aspects of the wedding.
Affix the brooches one by one to a length of the metal craft wire. The wire can be secured to the pins, hooks and design of the brooch with the help of the needle nose pliers. Use hot glue if necessary. Leave a length of wire at the back of the brooch about the length of a long rose stem.
Cover the foam dome hemisphere with artificial flowers of your choice. Push the stems from the domed surface through the flat underside. The flowers should be positioned against the dome, with enough stem beneath the flat underside to grasp firmly.
Add the wired brooches to the bouquet by poking the wires through the dome. Disperse the brooches evenly throughout the bouquet to make a pleasant design of color and texture. The brooches should sit just high enough to rest on the flowers, with the wires hidden.
Wrap and tie the wide ribbon around the stems and wires hanging underneath the foam dome. Cut off the ends of any stems or wire that are not covered by the ribbon. Make final adjustments to the flowers and brooches, and set the bouquet in a safe place for the big day!
Tips & Warnings
- Be gentle when placing stems and wires into the dome to maintain its durability. Consider purchasing more than one dome in case one becomes too weak.
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