Brooch bouquets, made with sparkling, colorful vintage brooches and scatter pins, are a novel and beautiful alternative to fresh flowers. They’re everlasting keepsakes, too. No wedding plans in your future? Don’t let that stop you from having your own brooch bouquet. If you relish vintage, or just love bling, why not create your own brooch bouquet for everyday display.
Maybe you’re fortunate enough to have your own collection of vintage jewelry, or perhaps you have a few special pieces passed down from family members. With a brooch bouquet, your collection is on display and no longer sitting in a drawer somewhere. And, if you don’t have a collection, summertime flea markets and tag sales are a great time to start one.
When I saw these vintage brooch bouquets designed by Donna Matts of Oklahoma City, I fell in love. I love how she mixes and matches her extensive collection of brooches and scatter pins to create themed bouquets in various color ways. Sometimes, she nestles the brooches and pins in silk petals and flowers, creating even more texture and contrast.
When designing bouquets, Donna starts with a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. She covers the foam base with silk or satin, and then begins to layer on the brooches and other vintage jewelry items. Thanks to the foam base, her finished creations are large yet lightweight, and the foam holds the pins securely in place.
Oklahoma City brides are very lucky to have Donna Matts in their midst! Donna also has a booth at Gatherings Antiques & Interiors in Oklahoma City and can be reached at 405-642-3700. (Photos from NewsOK.com.)
Do you have a brooch collection or a brooch bouquet? Did you carry a brooch bouquet down the aisle? I’d love to hear your stories about your vintage jewelry collection.