Today’s post is all about those beautiful, blingy brooch bouquets!
I’m going to show you a couple of different types: all brooches and brooch bouquets with fillers.
First up is this gorgeous bouquet in silver and neutral tones for $350.
Let’s look at this purple brooch bouquet for $140. While it’s still pretty, I think we can definitely tell a quality difference from the first photo. And there’s also a major price drop. This bouquet is also all brooches versus having some fabric fillers.
These two bouquets are a nice mix of fabric flower fillers and nice brooches. You’ll also notice, the more you pay, the more bling and less plastic you’ll get. Pink Bouquet: $350 Purple Bouquet: $400
Just a final note on DIYing versus buying. These gorgeous bouquets are definitely not the cheapest way to go. Are you thinking right now, “I can make that!” Well where do you start looking for “vintage” brooches? Estate & Garage Sales? Nope, you’re going to pay several hundred dollars if you try to buy brooches individually. (Do we all really want to admit how much money we spend at Hobby Lobby every month? I think not.)
This is where Ebay can be your best friend. Don’t be afraid to purchase items from foreign sellers that have great feedback. It may take a few weeks to arrive at your door, but you can get wholesale brooch lots very decently priced versus buying them individually.
And remember, to make a decent size bouquet (minimum of 8 inches), you’ll probably need 50+ brooches.
(This photo links to the Ebay seller’s store since auctions end in 30 days or less.)
Check out this lot of 88 brooches for $92. At that price, there’s a lot of bling and you can afford to leave some out if you don’t like certain brooches from the lot. Then add in a few higher end brooches and maybe a few fabric flower fillers and voila, you’ll have your very own handmade brooch bouquet!