We've been excited to post this how-to all week. It's so Mad Men meets Martha Stewart in a good way. The FG's are in frenzy for the latest bridal trend — a bouquet made entirely of vintage brooches. Half the fun is plucking them from grandma's jewelry box, flea markets, and antique stores.
Here is how to get the glittering look:
50 to 85 Baubles of your choice ... earrings, rings, but brooches work best
2 to 5 inches wired ribbon in taffeta
3 yards of 3/8 inch wide velvet ribbon
3 yards of clear and gold seed beads strung on wire
Hot glue gun
22-gauge green florist wire
Light green corsage tape
Gem topped pins
2 stems of artificial hydrangea
Things to know when choosing your gems:
- Decide on a color scheme of 3 to 5 colors and stick to it.
- The finish on your brooches should match, so pick one metal.
- Find brooches in a variety of sizes.
- Pick pieces that mean something to you whether they are heirlooms or adorned with a symbol that holds meaning to you. If you have one piece that is especially close to your heart, let it inspire your color scheme.
- Sparkle is more important than the cost of the piece. You don't want to be throwing a pricey piece up in the air and into the arms of another girl.
This Style Me Pretty Bride chose a blue color scheme. Note the variety of brooches, but the coordinating colors and matching metals.
Directions: We spotted these steps on Fancy Pants Weddings, and couldn't really have written them better —but we did add a few FG tips and tricks, of course.
1.) Wire and taping
Attach wire to your jewelry pieces. Since each brooch will be different you will need to alter technique for each piece. Keep this in mind: the heavier the piece, the more wire you will need. The key is avoid drooping wire when you hold the brooch between two fingers. Otherwise, your bouquet will droop at the end.