12 real touch roses (leaves and thorns removed)
2 bunches of silk hydrangea (I got the cheap stuff since itâ€™s just filler) â€“ remove and set aside the large leaves
18â€ 20-gauge green and silver wire
Ribbon for handle
Some of my supplies (donâ€™t mind the callas, theyâ€™re for my bridesmaidsâ€™ bouquets)
1. Fold two pieces of wire in half. Loop wire through each brooch. I used two pieces of wire on each brooch, twisting each piece by itself and then twisting together.
2. Iâ€™m glad I got silver AND green wires because I often had to put the wire through the front of the brooch, and the silver wire blended much better.
3. Each brooch on its stem should not wobble or droop when youâ€™re done. It really helped to use the pliers to do the twisting and to make it nice and snug, because I killed my fingers on the first few before I switched to pliers.
4. Donâ€™t twist the wire too tight, or youâ€™ll bend or break the pin in half (especially if itâ€™s cheap like some of mine were). Thankfully, I was able to wire this one back together. The fix looks messy from close-up, but you canâ€™t really see the wiring in the bouquet.
5. Cover the â€œstemsâ€ with floral tape.
6. Start assembling your bouquet! Start with a large rose and a few big brooches in the center and work your way out, rotating as you go. Tape every few pieces to make it easy on yourself. This will also make the bouquet more stable at the end, with a smoother handle.
7. Bend the roses and brooches around until youâ€™re satisfied with their placement. This is the point where I tore it apart and redid it a few times until I was happy with it. I also put it in a closet for a few days, and I liked it a lot better after the break!
8. After all of your brooches and roses are taped together, tape a bunch of hydrangea on each side of the bouquet to cover the wires.
9. Tape the four large hydrangea leaves at the base of the bouquet to finish it off.