My Butterfly and Sunflower Rhinestone Brooch Bouquet

Butterfly Sunflower Brooch Bouquet

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.

Butterfly Sunflower Brooch Bouquet

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.

Butterfly Sunflower Brooch Bouquet

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.

Butterfly Sunflower Brooch Bouquet

Butterfly Sunflower Brooch Bouquet

Butterfly Sunflower Brooch Bouquet

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.

Butterfly Sunflower 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.

Butterfly Sunflower Brooch Bouquet

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.

Butterfly Sunflower Brooch Bouquet

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…

Sweet Travels!

My Three Button Bouquets

Button Bouquet Pink Red Purple

“Purple and pink and red.” That is what my 4 year-old niece replied when I asked her what her three favorite colors were. “Why?” she asked. “Because I’m going to make you a surprise,” I replied. That conversation occurred during one of my visits with my niece, and by the time I saw her on my next visit, I made her a button bouquet using her three favorite colors.

Button Bouquet Purple Pink Red

One day, I got the whim to try to make a few button bouquets because I had so much fun making “My International Brooch Bouquet” for our wedding that I wanted to try something else – using buttons instead of brooches. Now, I’m not getting married again, so there really was no reason such as that to make them. Mainly, I just felt like taping into my creative side, and into my “inner artist.”

Button Bouquet Purple Pink Red Hearts

I used a variety of mostly heart-shaped buttons, and a few flower-shaped buttons, to make this special bouquet for my niece. I even used purple and pink and red ribbon on the stem.

Button Bouquet Black and White

The first button bouquet that I actually made before this one for my niece was a black and white one, which included a boutineer. I enhanced this bouquet with yellow sunflower buttons and several heart-shaped buttons.

Button Bouquet Black and White Sunflowers Hearts

Button Bouquet Black and White with Boutineer

The final button bouquet I created was based the colors of my room growing up as a child, yellow and orange, and added red to complete the first three colors of the rainbow. I wanted to make something that used really bright and fun colors. This bouquet was made with mostly round buttons, but I also added some flower-shaped buttons. And I made a boutineer to match.

Button Bouquet Red Yellow Orange

Button Bouquet Orange Yellow Red

Button Bouquet Yellow Red Orange

Button Bouquet Red Orange Yellow

Button Bouquet Orange Red Yellow

Button Bouquet Yellow Orange Red

“Thank you, Auntie Debby. I love it,” my niece replied when I gave her her surprise.

Button Bouquet Red Pink Purple

Sweet Travels!

For my other bouquets, please visit my Brooch and Button Bouquets category.

Brooch Bouquets for My Sisters and My Niece

Brooch Bouquet Flower Girl

In addition to the international brooch bouquet that I made for myself for our wedding, I also made three more. Two for my sisters (my bridesmaids), and one for my niece (my flower girl). I am almost a bit more proud of making these three bouquets than of mine, because I was very thoughtful and loving in the choosing the brooches to include in them.

 

Brooch Bouquet Niece

My niece’s favorite color is purple. At 3-1/2 years old at the time of our wedding, I wanted her bouquet to be something she will love, so I started with a few purple brooches – a couple of flowers. However, I wanted something more for her bouquet, something that she could relate to. So I found some – an elephant, a kangaroo, a kitty, a Hello Kitty, a butterfly, a dragonfly, a ladybug, and a basket that opens up. A bear in a jar of honey, a hummingbird, a bee, an owl, a frog, a heart, and a t-shirt with a heart on it. A basket of flowers with seed packets, a watering can, and a tiny ladybug. Most of them purple, and all arranged in a purple hydrangea. I felt that she could relate to, and love, all of these! And I was right, because I noticed her studying the bouquet at our wedding, as if in awe at all these cool things!

 

Brooch Bouquet Flowers

A variety of colorful flowers, mostly made of ceramics and being three-dimensional, was the theme for one of my sister’s bouquets. Each feminine and beautiful flower brooch that I chose to include in the bouquet, set in a pink hydrangea, reflected my sister’s femininity and beauty. I thought that having one special theme of all flower brooches throughout this bouquet would make it dainty and unique. Except for one extra special brooch that I put in this sister’s bouquet – a locket. In the locket I put two pictures of my niece (my flower girl) in there, my sister’s daughter. I thought that was a loving touch!

 

Brooch Bouquet Water Lilies

My other sister’s bouquet, also set in a pink hydrangea, was made of several matching sets of brooches and earrings, the majority of them being various white and gold colored flowers, with splashes of red and orange. I thought that this arrangement would reflect my sister’s artistic and fun side. The extra special brooches in this bouquet are of water lilies. When I found these, I loved them because they remind me of my travels to Buddhist countries, Cambodia and Bhutan, and this sister also likes to travel. I even saw a photo of a brooch bouquet made entirely out of these water lilies, and I loved it. I was more than happy to include them in this sister’s bouquet!

 

Brooch Bouquets

So there you have it, four brooch bouquets (including mine)! All made with love! All having meaning behind them, and throughout them! Whether it be mine with my international touch, or my niece’s with frogs and ladybugs. Or my sisters’ brooch bouquets, with flowers, special lockets, and water lilies.

And who knows, maybe someday my niece will want to use my bouquet for her wedding, and she can let her flower girl use hers.

Sweet Travels!

For all my blogs about my bouquets, please visit my brooch and button bouquets category.

My International Brooch Bouquet

Brooch Bouquet

Last year for our wedding, I. Made. This. Brooch. Bouquet! It has an international flair. It has contributions from family and friends. It has my favorite flower, the sunflower. It has pieces representing important parts of our lives. It has symbols of love.

 

Brooch Bouquet

I came up with the concept of creating my own brooch bouquet when I was originally searching online on how to make my own flower bouquet. I came across a website that listed alternatives to the traditional flower bouquet, so my curiosity took me there. Especially because I was not doing everything traditional in our wedding anyway.

 

Brooch Bouquet

Some of the alternative bouquet options included feathers, peacock feathers, wooden flowers, button bouquets, fans, origami, shells, Christmas ornaments, umbrellas, pin-wheels, even candy. However, the one that really caught my attention, and got me excited right away, due to its beauty and uniqueness, was the brooch bouquet.

 

Brooch Bouquet

I began to research more about the brooch bouquet. I looked at gorgeous images online. I looked at websites that sell them. Then I thought, I wonder if I could make my own? Sure enough, there are video tutorials that teach you how to make your own brooch bouquet.

 

Brooch Bouquet

I sat on my couch one evening, and studied the videos. Yes, I can do this, I thought. First though, I must collect the brooches. You can buy some online at places that specifically sell brooches, but those looked too manufactured to me. I decided I wanted my brooches to be more unique. A few videos suggested buying brooches at thrift stores. Fortunately, I had several months before our wedding, so off to shopping I began!

 

Brooch Bouquet

I started with thrift stores near our home and my work. I bought a few, and was excited with my beginning purchases. Then I remembered that some of the videos online, and other informational websites about brooch bouquets, said that to make one bouquet, you needed anywhere from 50 to 100 brooches. I must shop more!

 

Brooch Bouquet

I spent several weekends, and evenings, traveling to thrift stores. I think I hit just about every single one in the greater Seattle area, and beyond. From Everett to Kent, and from West Seattle to Issaquah. One weekend, I even drove to my dad’s in Bellingham for a visit, so I hit the thrift stores on my way up there, as well as in that town, too. Another weekend I flew to San Francisco to visit my mom, my sisters, and my niece, so I hit some more thrift stores there as well. Basically, I covered it from Bellingham to Burien, and from Seattle to San Francisco.

 

Brooch Bouquet

I continued to buy a few brooches at thrift stores along the Oregon Coast during our pre-wedding travels. Then my family started buying me some – my mom got me a few brooches near her home in the Bay Area. My sister got me some more in the San Francisco area as well. In addition, a good friend gave me a couple more. I even bought a brooch at an antique store on my travels of walking the 42-mile road that encircles Île d’Orléans, near Québec City, Canada!

 

Brooch Bouquet

In all this shopping though, I had to come up with a theme for my brooch bouquet. I wasn’t just buying any and every brooch I saw. I was thoughtful and methodical. My main theme was the color silver, to match my non-traditional lacey silvery-blue wedding dress. I expanded this theme however to also include colored brooches, flower brooches, butterfly brooches, heart-shaped brooches. Even a strawberry and a dragonfly made it into my growing collection of brooches.

 

Brooch Bouquet

I also bought brooches that represented something important and meaningful my husband’s and my lives. We met Zydeco dancing, so I found an accordion to represent the Zydeco influence in our lives. I added a few cats because my husband has a love for animals. Sunflowers were included, in yellow and other various colors, because that is my favorite flower. There is also a special miniature “picture frame” brooch, to which I added four pictures of me and my husband doing some of the activities we enjoy – hiking and mountain bicycling. And, a lighthouse brooch bought from the gift shop at the Mukilteo Lighthouse, the location of our wedding ceremony.

 

Brooch Bouquet

I also decided to include an international flair in my brooch bouquet, because well, an important and meaningful part of my life is travel. Instead of finding international brooches at the thrift stores however, I realized that I could use items that I had already purchased during my travels. Therefore, I pulled out my jewelry, and other trinkets, and added them to my bouquet. A double-heart piece, with a yellow directional arrow, as well as a scallop shell bracelet hanging from the heart, all from my Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk in northern Spain. A red charm from a necklace given to me by a woman in Cappadocia, Turkey. A pink beaded bracelet from Venice, Italy. A purple-beaded metal bracelet from an outdoor market in Brussels, Belgium. A prayer wheel from Bhutan.

 

Brooch Bouquet

I threw in a couple of “blue” brooches as well, to cover my “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” One is a cloud, with a few blue rain droplets from a thrift store. The other is a blue-stone on a ring from one of the Greek Islands. I even took this blue-stone ring and surrounded it by two “spoon rings” from Cambodia.

 

Brooch Bouquet

Needless to say, I did not do the traditional tossing of my international brooch bouquet at our wedding. I am keeping this creation as a symbol of not only our wedding, but of our lives.

Sweet Travels!

For blogs about my other bouquets, please visit my brooch and button bouquets category.