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How to Make a Girl-Power Rosette Brooch

Cuter than a button.

I’ve combined this month’s theme‘s love of roses—and in this case, GIRL POWER—with my own love of brooches to create this DIY for a flowery feminist badge. It’s way more in-your-face and awesome than those puny tin buttons you see everywhere. And thanks to the satin roses that it’s covered in, it’s a lot prettier, too! (Huge thanks to Girls Get Busy for the inspiration!)

You’ll need:

  • A hot glue gun
  • Craft wire (24 gauge)
  • Satin rosettes. You can find these in the bridal/floral section of any craft store. I found that the slightly larger ones work best for this project.
  • Bar pins
  • A sheet of felt
  • A pen
  • Scissors

To start this project off we’ll need to make a base for our badge. I’m using craft wire to make mine, but if you don’t happen to have any lying around, I think a cardboard cut-out will work fine. Since this badge is going to be in the shape of a Venus/female/whatever you wanna call it symbol, we’ll need to bend and fold our wire in that general shape.

Making the base:

1. Cut off a length of wire that is about 12 inches long. We’ll only be using one piece of wire for this entire process.

2. Start by taking one of the ends of the wire and forming a round loop with it. It doesn’t need to be perfect or anything. Mine was around one-and-a-half inches in diameter. You can make yours larger or smaller, depending on what size you want your badge to be.

3. After you make a loop on one end of the wire, take the very end of the wire (the part that I have bent downwards in the photo) and coil this around it. This will secure the loop.

4. Once you’ve done that, you should have a round loop up on top and a length of wire running from the bottom.

5. Measure about one inch from the bottom of the loop and bend the entire length of wire to the right from that point.

6. Measure about a half an inch from where you bent the wire in the last step and bend it again, but this time we’ll bend it inwards to the left.

7. Bend the wire back down so it aligns with the section that is running vertically. Now we’ve got half of the symbol done! For the other side of our base, we’ll basically just repeat what we just did.

8. Bend the loose end of the wire inwards. Be sure to keep it straight!

9. Bend the wire outwards at the middle point where that little “arm” of wire sticks out on the other side.

10. Measure about a half an inch from that middle point in the other direction and bend the wire inwards from there.

11. Lastly, you’ll need to bend the wire so it’s pointing towards the loop. Wrap any excess wire around the loop like you did in the first step.

Your finished base should look like this. Keep in mind that it doesn’t need to be perfect—slightly crooked areas won’t ruin the outcome of the badge. So now that we have a base, we’ll need to make a backing for it.

Making the backing and adding the flowers:

1. Place the wire base on top of your felt square and trace the outside of it with a pen.

2. Cut the traced shape out using your scissors. Set this piece aside for later.

3. Now for the fun part: adding the flowers! All you really need to do is place a glob of hot glue on the back of a rosette and stick it on the base. Continue doing this until the entire wire base is filled with the rosettes.

4. To make the underside of our badge a teensy bit more attractive, we’re going to put the felt piece that we just cut out to use. Spread some hot glue on the back of the badge using the wire base as a guide, then quickly (because hot glue sets really fast) place the felt piece on top of the glue and press it down. This will make everything smooth and neat.

5. Finally, you’ll want to affix a blank bar pin or whatever fastener you wish to use on the back of the badge with a little glue.

And that’s it! You’re done. Now all that’s left to do is wear it out and spread the girl-power vibes everywhere you go. ♦

31 Comments

  • Susann May 16th, 2012 3:04 PM

    That looks so cool! Great job!

    http://fashioninpepperland.blogspot.com

  • Libby May 16th, 2012 3:13 PM

    This is brilliant! Will be adding lots of feminist badges to my school bag soon.

  • waesome May 16th, 2012 3:13 PM

    Love the glue gun! <3

  • alix May 16th, 2012 3:15 PM

    thats realy cute and easy I may have to try it

  • Narita May 16th, 2012 3:17 PM

    Ohhhh lovely! I’m trying that tomorrow.

  • mayaautumn May 16th, 2012 3:17 PM

    omg, totes cuter than a button ;)
    LOVE IT!

    http://cottonmixblog.blogspot.com

  • KinuKinu May 16th, 2012 3:23 PM

    This is fantastic,Marlena!

  • Flower May 16th, 2012 3:50 PM

    I am basically saving up all these amazing DIYs to do once exams are over.
    Along with getting another piercing and a ouija board.
    But OH MY GOD THIS LOOKS GOOD.

    http://www.bobblyrainbowsocks.blogspot.com

  • purplebabaushka May 16th, 2012 4:17 PM

    brilliant! one of my favorite diy’s!

    http://purplebabaushka.wordpress.com/

  • Olivia May 16th, 2012 4:19 PM

    Ahhh so cute!!!! Finna make one of these go sho

  • floralgore May 16th, 2012 4:19 PM

    This is excellent! Great Job Marlena

  • May 16th, 2012 5:06 PM

    This is awesome! I wish I had enough energy to do it……

  • koolkat May 16th, 2012 5:30 PM

    i have to do this! It’s amazing looking!

  • Lynvine May 16th, 2012 5:47 PM

    Wouldn’t it be easier to put the backing on, and THEN the flowers?

    • Marlena May 16th, 2012 10:51 PM

      You could do it that way, I suppose. Without the wire base the badge will be really floppy though! Unless you use a really sturdy backing (like cardboard instead of felt) then it would probably work out alright.

  • back2thepast May 16th, 2012 5:52 PM

    jhksdhfgakdlghskladf bloody brilliant

  • taste test May 16th, 2012 6:44 PM

    oh, wow! this is so easy! you could make little outlines of other shapes with this too… teehee. so many possibilities.

  • shelley May 16th, 2012 6:46 PM

    this is so perfect, especially as my new life theme is cats and flowers!

    http://www.shelleycatcat.tumblr.com

  • anisarose May 16th, 2012 10:33 PM

    I’m all for gender equality and I’m not afraid to voice my opinions on that in class but I don’t think wearing a pin like that would help “the cause”…

    http://anisarose.blogspot.com/

    • Tavi May 16th, 2012 11:04 PM

      i don’t think everything has to be helping the cause or making a big statement..i think it’s fine to be inspired by it creatively and choose to wear something like this brooch just as an extension of your identity expressed through your style!

    • Marlena May 16th, 2012 11:11 PM

      I know that it may not be the most ~serious~ of feminist statements, but I don’t see how wearing a flowery female symbol badge could do any harm? It’s just for fun!

  • ToriLynne May 16th, 2012 11:17 PM

    I absolutely love it! Making this ASAP!
    xo, Tori
    http://daisiesandpixiedust.blogspot.com/

  • Adrienne May 16th, 2012 11:29 PM

    Love this so so so much! I love how you paired the pretty brooch with a tough black leather jacket.

    http://theaverageasiangirl.blogspot.com

  • Caden May 16th, 2012 11:55 PM

    I LOVE this! Super cute pink glue gun btw. This would be so much fun to make with a group of girl friends.

    Caden x
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/pinkpoppies1991

  • myy May 17th, 2012 2:03 AM

    Oh this is great! Definitely trying this out soon :)

    http://mygenerationmusic.blogspot.com

  • ivoire May 17th, 2012 2:17 AM

    I swear Marlena’s glue gun is the priestess of all glue guns. It’s damn amazing.

  • Delune May 17th, 2012 3:08 AM

    This is so great! Always dig your DIYs. The possibilities are kinda endless for shapes, colours and embellishments (all depends on your patience, ability to wield wire & ~*imagination*~), ahhh.
    And that pink stickered glue gun is an incredible sight to behold.

  • TheDemoiselle May 17th, 2012 8:58 AM

    Aye Carumba! So beautiful! Definitely trying this!

  • Krista May 17th, 2012 10:41 AM

    Oooh I know what I’m flauntin’ on Saturday night!!

  • radiofireworks May 17th, 2012 10:52 AM

    BAD. ASS.

  • lavendersparrow May 21st, 2012 8:41 PM

    Awesome. I’m going to try this in some other shapes too.

    http://lavendersparrow.wordpress.com/