Saturday, April 28, 2012

My PinUp Wedding: Finished Brooch Bouquet!

UPDATE: Please note that I have created a DIY Brooch Bouquet page on this website. Click on the "DIY Brooch Bouquet" tab above to see my tutorials and photos of completed bouquets made with my guide. 

Visit my SHOP to purchase everything you'll to make your very own Brooch Bouquet!

I finished my brooch bouquet and I'm so existed to show it to you all. I used about 25 or so brooches (most of them from FabulousBrooch.com), and three hydrangea flowers purchased at a crafts store. I also added some pearls (also purchased at a craft store) that are used for jewelry to fill in some of the gaps. I just threaded some floral wire through it then twisted the ends to create stems.

For the stems, I wrapped them in white satin then criss-crossed a sheer white ribbon (starting from the bottom up). I added pearl pins as accents which matches my entire wedding style and decor (as you may be able to tell from the brooches themselves).

I'm super happy with it. What do you think?




I had to do the bottom over because the stems were a bit too long.

I've posted the first part of my Brooch Bouquet Tutorial below to help you create your own. Enjoy and good luck!



Tools (what you'll need):

Brooches (I used about 25 brooches from FabulousBrooch.com)
Synthetic, silk or natural filler flowers (I used three hydrangea)
More links can be found on this site's SHOP page.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How-To DIY Brooch Bouquet & Giveaway Announcement

UPDATE: Please note that I have created a DIY Brooch Bouquet page on this website. Click on the "DIY Brooch Bouquet" tab above to see my tutorials and photos of completed bouquets made with my guide. Thank you for visiting and please share!

If you want a touch of glam and something unique that will wow your guests, bridal brooch bouquets may be just your thing!

Brooch bouquets are expensive because of the cost of the brooches and the time and effort it takes to construct them. They cost around $600 on-line but there is no reason you can't do it yourself from home. Given enough time and a little instruction, I firmly believe anyone can do it.

The most important things to consider when making your brooch bouquet are:
1. Style (vintage, modern, floral, etc.)
2. Color (color of metal, color of rhinestones, your something blue? etc.)
3. Size (I recommend purchasing brooches that are at least 2'' or more. The smaller your brooches are, the)

What you'll need:
1. Needle-nose pliers
2. Scissors or wire cutters
3. Floral wire (I recommend 22 gauge wire rolls, not the pre-cut ones)
4. Brooches
5. Filler flowers

Making your brooch flowers:
1. Take a long piece of wire that is twice the size of the stem length you desire. Loop the wire through an opening in your brooch and twist or twist the wire around one end of the pin.
2. Twist the rest of the stem until the bottom.
3. Take another piece of wire and repeat the previous steps at the opposite end of the brooch or other side of the pin.
4. Twist both stems together to make one thick stem.

Please note: In my method, I double up the wire on each end and then twist them together. You may have heard in other tutorials how difficult it is for some to keep the flowers in the position they want or for the bouquet to stay in the shape they want. This is because they are not using enough wire. My method may take a little longer but it saves you a ton of headaches when you're able to easily mold your bouquet and have it stay put!

Arranging your bouquet:
1. Take a filler flower (I'm using a synthetic hydrangea purchased at a craft store), and begin inserting your flowers through in the pattern you desire.
2. Continue adding brooches and filler flowers until you attain your desired look. (I'm using just two hydrangea and 6 brooches for this simple,  less than $100 bouquet)
3. Wrap the stems in floral tape to make sure they stay in the position and shape you've created.
5. The last step is to wrap your bouquet in the ribbon or fabric of your choosing.

I did not film the last step because there our countless ways to wrap your bouquets. You can get many ideas on how to do this through a quick google image search. I will, however, post photos of my bridal brooch bouquet when I finish assembling it in the next few days.

Please feel free to ask me any questions. I'll be happy to go over any of my steps in further details.

Happy arranging!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My PinUp Wedding: My Pacific Pearls

If you're a retro loving, pin-up adoring gal like myself then you know the importance of pearls. I love pearls! There is nothing that can complete a classic 50s look quite like a set of pearls. Unfortunately, a girl's love for pearls can cost a pretty penny. Fortunately, I found an on-line store that sells beautiful pearl pieces at super discounted prices. The company is call My Pacific Pearls. I have already purchased a necklace that I plan to wear on my wedding day and plan to purchase a few items more. For more information on the company, watch my YouTube review below.

 
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