DIY Red Brooch – Ribbon Wedding Handbouquet

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As I promised last week, today I will share how to make this Red Brooch – Ribbon Flowers Hand bouquet. I handmade it for my best friend’s wedding and she was so happy with it.

So basically, the entire idea was none other than a very popular brooch bouquet. I really love the idea of making an everlasting hand bouquet and let our self keeping that as a beautiful memorable souvenir, from our precious wedding day. But still we don’t want a bunch of syntethic flowers. Therefore brooches bouquet was so interesting to be made.

This youtube tutorial by Jessica .Y Flores brought many possibilities and made me super exciting to made one for my friend’s wedding. So if you like Jessica’s style with her (almost) ‘all brooches bouquet’, you can stop reading this and just follow her video tutorial. But in my case, after some discussions with the bride, we both agreed that we don’t want the ‘all brooches bouquet’ because … we think it will be like bringing a big giant brooch in your hands. Yes, it is so glamour and shimmering but… it’s just not the bride’s character. Then we agreed to put some things that will replace natural flowers and those brooches will be the main ornaments.

After some days struggling with google, pinterest and youtube, also some days in the craft shops; researching the materials… Fabrics flowers was almost got all the criteria of simplicity and elegance. Unfortunately the measuring and cutting process made me skip that material. Ribbons are actually have some qualities with fabrics… and the good news is you can skip so many hours on measuring and cutting, since they comes in the same width. So I’ve decided to hand made a bunch of … ribbon flowers.

If I was the bride, I will go for white or broken white ribbons. But to be fitted with the bride’s style, I went to a metallic maroon ribbon. So the color tone of the hand bouquet was maroon, white and silver. And still, when I looked on the above pictures, I never regret on the color tone.

Before we start with the tutorial… Here some tips on making your hand bouquet;

Give yourself (more than) enough time. Take at least one month on your timetable to have 3-4 hours per day special to the hand bouquet. That 3-4 hours should be enough from researching the materials to the making.
Make sure you already have the plan before you go shopping. Other way is schedule two times shopping, once for buying material to make samples and once for buying the exact material. By making some flower samples you can figure the result that you actually want. It can prevent you to buy things unnecessary.

Oh… enough for the history. Prepare your self ladies…. It’s gonna be a very long journey. Let’s get started with tools and materials:

Tools:
– Hot glue gun
– Pliers
– Needles

For The Ribbon Flowers:

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– Some ribbons with 2inch width in your favorite color.
– Some silver wires ; cut them into 25 inches length per flower (I made 18 ribbon flowers)
– Some beads with center whole. Mine was a combination of silver ball beads and plastic crystal buttons.
– Some threads (the same color with the ribbon)

For Brooches Flowers:

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– 6 Brooches (mine was a combination of 3 big brooches and 3 medium brooches)
– Some silver wires ; cut them into 2×25 inches length per flower. The more heavy your brooch, the more wires you need.

For wrapping :

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– Some washi tape
– A toilet paper roll
– A square of fabric (30 inches x30 inches)… a shimmery is preferable.
– Some white ribbons with 1,5 inches width.
– A medium plastic bottle.
– Some elastic band.

My first process was on the brooches flowers and since this process need much more wires than the others, I suggest  you to do the same.

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Take your 25 inches wire, find a whole, somewhere in the brooch, half way to the edge, and insert the wire. Once you get the center of the wire fold it into two. Using a pliers you’ll have to twist the wire starting close to the flowers and moving out. Than take another 25 inches wire, do the same in the other part of the brooch.
Make sure the wires are strong yet flexible to control the brooch. Than twist them together and you’ll have your first a brooch flower.

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Continue the above process to the other brooches until you turn all of them to a brooches flower.

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The next process is the making of ribbon flowers.

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Take a 25 inches wire and a bead, insert the wire in the bead’s center whole, pull until you get the center of the wire. Fold the wire into the same length than start twisting.

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Cut a ribbon with a half meter length. Fold the ribbon than make a baste stitch near the below edge and pull the thread until you get a heavy ruffles.

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Take your center wire and start rolling the ruffles surrounding the wire. Manage the ruffles base to get a flat face than start hand sewing them by thrust the needle in one side until it pierce the other side (just like in the picture). Continue sewing until all sides of the ruffles secured with your stitches.

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Manage your ribbon flower and secure the center by add small part of hot glue gun. Your ribbon flower is ready to use now. Continue the process for all of the ribbon flowers that you need. I was ended with 18 ribbon flowers, you can add more if you want a bigger bouquet. By this point you’ll have your flowers, consists of brooch flowers and ribbon flowers. It’s time to arrange them.

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It was not easy to gathered all the flowers in one. So I suggest you to arrange them in some groups using washi tape. Don’t worry about the washi tape ugly appearance, it will covered later.

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Gathered the groups of flowers was more easy. Than go for it… you’ll have a bouquet by this point and you are free to arrange their positions.

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Now it’s time to wrap the holder. First cut a plastic bottle just like the above pictures.

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Slip the plastic bottle through the center of the wires (this process will secure your flowers positions) and than fold the excess of the wires up. I’m sorry that the picture doesn’t represented this process (I’ve decided to put a plastic bottle after I took the picture). Than wrap them with a tissue paper roll and secure them with… everything, glue gun, washi tape, rope or anything. (Again, no picture. I’m sorry.)

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Cover the holder with the fabric square and secure with an elastic band. If the fabric still too wide, fold it inside and secure with another elastic band than arrange the fabric nicely.

And last step (with no picture again), wrap a different color of ribbon (white, in my case) on the fabric starting from the bottom of the holder until the closest point to the flowers than tie a bow.

And than you can hold it and feeling beautiful.

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The best part of the whole process was when I saw the smile of this girl…. holding my handmade bouquet, walking on the aisle.

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The other fun thing is that I can share this post with you and hoping for some future brides can get inspired when they make their own beautiful wedding bouquet. I’m very sorry that I missed to took some pictures, but I really hope that you still can get the whole processes.

I’ll see you next week ladies… Thank you for stopped by.

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