I asked my husband if he would marry me again just so I could hold this butterfly and sunflower rhinestone brooch bouquet that I recently made. You might be thinking to yourself, why would I make a bouquet like this if I’ve already had a wedding? Well, the artistic crafty side of me had a whim one day and just wanted to make this.
I think what really got me started on this project was seeing a beautiful butterfly rhinestone brooch in a thrift store. And somehow, around the same time, I happened upon a video tutorial on how to make brooch bouquets that I didn’t watch years earlier when I did make my own brooch bouquet for our wedding. I decided to watch this new tutorial, and it demonstrated a slightly different technique than I used in the past, so I thought, well, why not? I’ll make another brooch bouquet. For fun.
Originally, I planned on using only all-butterflies to make this bouquet. So I started shopping. I purchased most of these butterfly brooches on Etsy. A few on eBay, and one in a thrift store. As I was shopping on Etsy one day, I also started searching for sunflowers because that is my favorite flower. I was having so much fun shopping for butterflies that I thought that I could make an all-sunflower bouquet next. But instead, I decided to just incorporate three sunflowers into the butterfly bouquet, and make it so that some butterflies were “flying” towards the sunflowers.
When my husband and I got married over two years ago, that brooch bouquet was filled with so many brooches that it weighs about 5 pounds! Note that I did not hold it the whole time during our ceremony. It is a very special bouquet though, filled with all kinds of memorable brooches, including some related to travel, and some related to important and relevant parts of our lives. Here is a link to My International Brooch Bouquet.
For our wedding, I also made brooch bouquets for my two sisters (my bridesmaids), and the cutest one for my niece (my flower girl), who at the time was three-and-a-half years old. I put a lot of loving thought into making these three bouquets. Here is a link to my Brooch Bouquets for My Sisters and My Niece.
About a year and a half went by after our wedding, and the creative artsy side of me wanted to try to make some bouquets out of buttons, instead of brooches. Much less expensive. In some fun colors: black and white, enhanced with yellow sunflower buttons and heart-shaped buttons; purple, pink and red, my niece’s favorite colors, with heart-shaped and flower-shaped buttons; and red, orange, and yellow, based on the colors of my room growing up, and the first three colors of the rainbow. Here is a link to My Three Button Bouquets.
And then another few months goes by again, and I made this butterfly and sunflower rhinestone brooch bouquet. Just because I wanted to. I wonder what bouquet I will make next. Hmmm…
By the way, my husband said “yes, of course” he would marry me again. He even asked if I wanted to get married again at a lighthouse (where our wedding was) or at Mount Rainier (our favorite place to hike, and where he proposed to me). Hmmm…