The finished badges ended up measuring 6.5 inches in circumference. I love the idea of giving someone a giant novelty badge for their birthday but if you want to make a smaller badge you can adjust the measurements below. This is one of those craft projects that's brilliant for using up all those scrapbook paper scraps. They can be customised for any occasion or no occasion at all, after all, who wouldn't want to know that you think they're the best? Wear them as badges, pop them on gifts or bags or simply stick them to the wall. Let's celebrate the special people in our lives.
WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY PAPER ROSETTE BADGES? HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Scrapbook paper strips (I used In Bloom scrapbook paper from My Mind's Eye, I got it from T.K. Maxx last year but sadly it doesn't seem to be available anymore), light weight card cut into discs, printed out birthday messages (I used the Landliebe font. You can download it for free from Font Squirrel here), a score board or embossing tool and a ruler, scissors, a glue gun, double-sided tape, badge pins.
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2. Print out your chosen message onto lightweight card and cut into discs. You'll need to cut out a plain card disc for the back of each badge as well.
2. Using either a score board or an embossing tool and a ruler score lines every inch on each paper strip.
3. Flip the paper strips over and score every inch again but this time starting at the 1/2 inch mark. So you'll be scoring at 0.5 in, 1.5 in, 2.5 in etc...
4. Fold along the scored lines to make an accordion fold. Scoring on both sides of the paper should make this process easier.
5. Attach 2 accordion strips together to form a circle.
6. Using both hands press the top of the circle down and in until you get a flat rosette.
7. Now comes the tricky part. You might an extra set of hands for this as the rosette will want to pop back up into a circle whenever you let go. Keep your rosette pressed down and use a glue gun to apply some glue to the centre of your circle. A glue gun is perfect for this job as it dries fast but also it dries fast so you need to move quickly. Press your printed message onto the front of the rosette. You should now be able to let go of your rosette without it popping back up.
8. Flip your rosette over and glue another card disc to the back.
9. Take the 1.5 x 7 inch strips and cut a triangle into the bottom of each one. Stick them to back of the rosette.
I realised after I'd finished making these that what I should have done and did with the others is stick the tales to the back of each disc before gluing it down. That way all the messy bits are hidden. I'd recommend doing this.
10. Glue a badge pin to the back of the rosette and you're all done.