I fell in love with brooch bouquets while perusing the internet, but I quickly found out that buying one would be completely out of our budget. So I decided to DIY! This was quite the project, and DIYing ended up saving me several hundred dollars, but it was still pretty pricey.
I mentioned the idea to my mom, and she LOVED it! She immediately bought me a few pins and lent me one of her favorite brooches. I had a few in my jewelry box, and most of the rest I purchased online. The best sources were www.fabulousbrooch.com and Etsy seller paviapavia. It was best to look for wholesale and brooch lots.
I kept myself to $3-4 per brooch, including shipping, and ended up with a very nice selection. I splurged on a White Sox pin at a game, but it was the only one that was more than $4. I ended up averaging about $3.40 per brooch.
Iâ€™m glad I didnâ€™t use many brooches that had sentimental value because it was really easy to break the pin backing off of the brooches. I was extra careful with the one borrowed brooch, and it was fine.
Box oâ€™ Bling (excuse the drab colors, pic taken with camera phone)
Brooches all laid out
I bought all of the supplies (other than the brooches) from Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I even got the real touch roses from Hobby Lobby. They were 50% off one weekend, and I decided to just go for it! I later found out that they would have been way more expensive online, so I was happy.
I did a ton of research when starting this project. These are some of the links that really helped me out, along with a ton of googling:
Here is my main inspiration picture (from Fancy Pants Weddings):
So now the how-to...