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Something I knew I wanted even before the rest of the wedding plans fell into place, was a unique bouquet. I spanned the internet looking for cool ideas and a DIY bouquet tutorial on how to make your own out of everything from tissue paper, tulle, broaches, buttons, fabric flowers, rhinestones and even newspaper or pages from books.

It didn't take me long to know I wanted to make it myself … especially when I jumped on Etsy to see how much crafters were selling them for. A bridal bouquet like the one I was envisioning ran $500 and up. A bouquet for a bridesmaid ran anywhere from $150-300. While we have a small wedding, we have a LARGE wedding party – 6 groomsmen, 6 bridesmaids and 1 junior bridesmaid (2 flower girls and 1 ring bearer). That's a total of 8 bouquets for me and my girls…. and doing real flowers would have been a MUCH cheaper route at that point (DIY with ordering from a local flower shop and putting them together myself with a simple arrangement).

But, that's not what I wanted nor what I envisioned. If I could make it happen within a reasonable budget, I was going to try.

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Lots of cut up fabric/materials to start making the fabric flowers

-Broaches and pins
-Fabric (satin, organza, tulle, lace)
-hot glue gun and hot glue
-needle and thread
-1/2 circle floral arrangers
-plastic floral holders (without handles in this case)
-wooden dowels
-LOTS of pearl-headed pins
-satin ribbon
-pearl strands

I started with the bases. First, I took the wooden dowel and shoved it into the center of each floral ball was cut in half (so I wouldnt' have to do this later). I covered the 1/2 circle foam floral balls with satin and pinned it all together on the bottom – it didnt' have to look pretty. I then multi-stepped by taking the satin-covered foam 1/2 ball, put hot glue on the top of the wooden dowel and down the side and put it into the already made hole in the center, followed by pushing the plastic flower holder base and hot glue-ing the edges of the satin piece to the flower base, and then going around the bottom where the wood dowel came out of the bottom with hot glue. Bases done.

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The base with a few broaches started.

(Tip: I took a long box tulle had been shipped to me in, then took a couple of thin pieces of cardboard, cut holes in them and taped them to the top of the open long box to be used as a holder for the bases while I worked on making the bouquets – cost: FREE!)

Next I had to make the flowers. DIY tutorials were a plenty online, but I chose to use one from, which was basic and I picked up on rather quick. After burning my fingers and singing my hair a few times, I got the hang of it! I did about 200 flowers or more … I stopped counting.

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My “set up” for working on the bouquets – love re-using old boxes!


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My bouquet (far left) as I work ….


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Each bouquet I added a charm with the BM's name (this one is for my MOH).


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A special charm on my bouquet in memory of my Papa

I pinned the flowers onto the satin to just arrange them first, then proceeded to divvy up the broaches and started sewing and hot gluing and ultimately using pearl-headed pins to attach the flowers (backed up with hot glue). Mine had several more and larger broaches and I even found some pins with rhinestone heads that were really awesome – and the flowers without any “bling”, I made sure to use a series of 3 pearl-headed pins to give it a put-together look.

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Yellow version – Junior Bridesmaid Bouquet

So, how much did this endeavor end up costing me?

Broaches I had some given to me and some I bought from friends and family, others were scored off from eBay or Amazon or Etsy. I paid about $200 in total for all of the broaches.

Fabric and all of the other supplies cost roughly $175 thanks to utilizing coupons and Hobby Lobby's 50% off deals on wedding items for the bases and for some broaches.

I also made a “toss bouquet” with silk flowers on a foam ball attached to a plastic pre-made bouquet holder which I decorated with lace and ribbon. This baby only cost me about $10 at the most to make.

So for under $400, I have my bouquet and my seven bridesmaid bouquets. It took me a few nights of cutting and sewing and burning/melting edges of fabric for the flower effect but once that was all done, I put the bouquets all together in 2 days total. I could not be happier with the choice to go this route, even with our wedding being now less than 2 months away!

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About Jennifer

Jennifer is a 30-year old Professional Photographer & Federal Employee living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Aside from planning a wedding, she spends time with her fiance racing autocross and running her own business and traveling. Jennifer is engaged to John, the "boy from church youth group" who, after 13 years apart, found one another again and are now planning their intimate and budget savvy wedding for 8/31/13 at her mother's log home in the woods.

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  • Kevin Walters – Catering San Jose

    The step by step is photos are perfect. You captured every important step. The finished product looked awesome!

    • Jennifer

      Thank you!! It took a lot of planning and a LOT of hours of sitting on the floor … I think one of the most important things about doing these is to also mention to place before you glue. I used pins to pin the flowers and pinned the broaches into place before I ever started gluing them down to make sure I was happy with the arrangement (since no two of my handmade flowers were alike!). And after, you can see my bouquet has some flowers “sticking up” which I remedied by tucking and pinning and snipping a bit more (my final/finished bouquet isn’t posted). I’m overjoyed with how they turned out and had I to do it all over again, I would definitely choose to go this route! To me, it’s a part of our wedding that I made these for each girl!

  • Teri

    Found your wonderful, helpful instructions on your wedding day! Congratulations! I am in the process of making a bouquet for my daughter’s October wedding that I now think I can do. Thanks so much?

  • Alicia

    what size balls did you use for the bridesmaids bouquets? Thanks for the tutorial! i was feeling a bit overwhelmed making my sisters bouquets for her wedding and was winging it but this helped with the spots I was having trouble figuring out

  • Eden

    I want to share my yarn pom pom bouquet idea. It didn’t cost $400 at all and it is so lovely and soft. It costs about $25-$30 per bouquet depending on the size!

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