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How can you make a brooch bouquet?

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To make a brooch bouquet, collect brooches, spray paint a foam ball and dowel, attach the dowel to the ball, attach the brooches, and finish with tulle. This process takes about 48 hours and requires brooches, a dowel, spray paint, straight pins, strong glue and tulle.

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  1. Collect the brooches

    Gather various brooches, baubles and clip-on earrings. Choose three or four main colors, and choose pieces that stay within those colors. Collect pieces from family members, antique shops and thrift stores.

  2. Prepare the foam

    Spray paint the foam ball and dowel in gold or silver. After they dry completely, force the dowel into the foam ball about 4 inches. Pull the dowel out, and apply the strong glue inside of the hole and onto the end of the dowel. Place the dowel into the hole. Allow the glue to dry for at least 24 hours.

  3. Add the brooches

    Attach the brooches, baubles and clip-on earrings to the foam ball. Open the pins on the brooches, then stick the pins straight into the ball. Open the clip-on earrings, and stick the hinge straight into the ball. For pieces without an obvious way to attach them to the foam, glue straight pins with a large head to the back of the piece.

  4. Finish with tulle

    Make a nest of tulle at the base of the foam ball, and secure the tulle to the foam ball with straight pins.

Make a brooch bouquet by starting with a bouquet of flowers, adding brooches and wrapping the stem. This process takes under one hour. You need brooches, a strand of pearls, silk flowers, ribbon, floral wire, floral tape, scissors, wire cutters and a hot-glue gun.

  1. Prepare the flowers

    Purchase some silk flowers of desired color and type. Remove all the leaves by using the scissors so that you have only the long stems and the flowers. Arrange the flowers in the desired shape.

  2. Wrap the stems

    Wrap the stems of the flowers right below the blossoms with floral tape. Overlap the tape as you wrap in order to create a solid single stem.

  3. Prepare the brooches

    Choose brooches that match the flowers. Wrap a length of floral wire around the brooch clasps, and twist the ends together to create a long stem.

  4. Place the brooches in the bouquet

    Place the brooches in the bouquet of flowers with the twisted ends facing downward.

  5. Wrap the brooch ends

    Use floral tape to wrap the long stems of the brooch ends to the stems of the flowers.

  6. Wrap the bouquet stem

    Wrap a length of decorative fabric around the stem of the bouquet starting at the bottom. As you wrap, apply hot glue to the ribbon to fasten it securely to the stem.

  7. Add the pearls

    Wrap a strand of pearls around the flowers and brooches.

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