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When it came to my Wedding, I decided to make my own bouquet.

I had seen some beautiful brooch bouquets at different weddings in the past, and these were my inspiration. I had some brooches from my late Grandmother and late Great Grand Evelyn. It was really nice to use these brooches in the bouquet.

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Continue reading to check out how my wedding bouquet came to life 😊

Materials

  • Polystyrene ball (medium sized)
  • Wooden handle (approximately 18 cm in length)
  • Fabric (I used the same satin from my wedding dress)
  • Card
  • Brooches
  • Pearls of all sizes
  • Diamante
  • Dress making pins
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fake white roses
Materials…

Step 1

  • The first step of the process was to wrap the fabric (or thick ribbon) around the handle.
  • I started at one end and sealed with a dot of hot glue. I then worked my way to the top and sealed it with another dot of hot glue.
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Step 2

  • The 2nd step was to prepare the polystyrene head.
  • I cut the polystyrene ball in half with a knife leaving a hemisphere shape.
  • I then marked the centre of the flat surface on the hemisphere with a pen.
  • Using a knife, I cut a hole into the centre point.
  • I then covered the hemisphere with fabric, using pins to hold the fabric in place.
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Step 3

  • The next step was to seal the base of the bouquet.
  • I traced the circular part of the bouquet onto card, and cut out the circular shape.
  • After this, I traced the end of the handle in the centre of the card and cut out the circular shape.
  • I then placed the card on fabric and glue in as seen in pictures.
  • Once this was done, I cut out centre circle in the fabric also (as shown in the photos below).
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Step 4

  • I glued the card base onto the flat part of the polystyrene hemisphere.

Step 5

  • Attached the handle to the polystyrene half by pushing the handle into the hole in the centre, using hot glue to secure it.
Step 5…

 Step 6

  • The next step was to add roses.
  • I started at the outer edge of the bouquet, added a dot of glue to each rose and applied to base.
  • I also applied three dress making pins to each rose for extra security.
  • When I had the first row done, I started the second row as outlined in the photos below.
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Step 7

  • The next step was to add brooches.
  • I started with the centre top with the most beautiful brooch and worked my way outwards around the bouquet.
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Step 8 

  • Underneath the bouquet, I also finished around the top of the handle under the base
  • I cut long strips of ‘sew on’ stay flex (it’s a material that is sewn to light fabric to give it structure and more weight).
Step 8…
  • I added a layer of the satin over it (because the stay flex was too white for my bouquet). I used my sewing machine to attach the satin to it – see photos.
Step 8…
  • I folded the strips into pleat gathers and tack with needle and thread. I kept checking it against the base to make sure it will fit.
  • I attached this with glue neatly and I also added a smaller pleat trim to the centre also for some extra detail.
  • I added diamante to the end of the bouquet handle as a finishing touch.
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Here is a picture of the end product (with some threaded pearls also added).. I’m sure you’ve already seen this photo on the website. 😁

The End Product…

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