DIY Brooch & Bauble Bouquet

Bouquet’s made of buttons, brooches and babbles have been popular for a few years—some made of family treasures, others made of vintage jewelry—but did you know that you could make your own? And you don’t have to raid your relatives’ jewelry boxes either!

Charming Charlie, a fashion accessory boutique, shares the step-by-step process on its Charm Chronicles Blog for creating a decorative bouquet. Bride-to be, Suzanne Herring, was inspired by the fun accessories sold at Charming Charlie (and some of her own sentimental pieces) and shares her version of creating a bouquet as well.

Here are two different methods to create a beautiful bouquet and several fabulous photos to get you inspired!

Suzanne’s DIY Bouquet

What You Need:

  • Jewelry, pins and decorative pieces
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • 22 gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral (or corsage) tape
  • Scissors
  • Pearl or clear corsage pins
  • 2 yards of fabric or ribbon


  1. Pull the floral wire through the backs of your decorative pieces and twist the wire to secure the pieces so they do not slide around. Give each piece its own “stem,” similar to real flowers.
  2. Once each piece has a “stem,” bind three to four stems together in small bunches with corsage tape. If any of your pieces start to slide or move, use the corsage pins to hold them in place.
  3. Arrange the small bunches and gather them together to form a bouquet. You can use floral tape to secure all the stems together and then wrap the entire base of the bouquet with fabric or ribbon.

TIP: If you are having your wedding dress altered, ask the tailor to save the scraps from the dress for you to use as a wrap for your bouquet. Not only will it match your dress exactly, but it will add an extra special element to your bouquet!

Charming Charlie’s DIY Bouquet

What You Need:

  • Styrofoam ball
  • Bouquet holder
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Assortment of fashion jewelry pieces
  • Hot glue gun or E-6000 adhesive
  • Fabric of choice
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Paint (optional)


  1. Prepare Your Styrofoam ball by painting if needed.
  2. You might want to create a theme or color scheme for your bouquet. Select pieces that fit into your theme and lay them all out to make sure you have enough. But remember, you don’t have to have a theme and bouquets that have a mixture of pieces that are all shapes and sizes can look fabulous as well!
  3. Use a hot glue gun (or strong adhesive) to glue your pieces onto the Styrofoam ball. Start with the largest pieces and then add the smaller pieces.
  4. Glue another piece of Styrofoam onto the ball as the base of the bouquet for the handle. Wrap and glue fabric or ribbon of your choice to cover the handle.

While you can find your decorative pieces just about anywhere, here are two Charming Charlie locations in the Hampton Roads’ area:

Peninsula Town Center
1440 Merchant Lane, Hampton
(757) 838-1257
Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Friday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.

MacArthur Center
300 Monticello Ave Suite 203, Norfolk
(757) 314-3537
Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–6 p.m.

TIP: In need of more bling for your bouquet? Why not ask bridal shower guests to each bring a fun bauble (with or without a story!). You can use them to create a bouquet for the wedding day. This is also a fun idea if you’re throwing a shower for someone—present all the baubles (or the complete bouquet) to the bride on her wedding day. Even if she doesn’t carry it down the aisle, it’s a bouquet she can save forever!

Here are some of our favorites to kick your creativity into high gear!

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