Are you celebrating the Norwegian National Day, May 17th? If so you might need a rosette to wear during the celebrations:
Here in Norway you can buy rosettes and clothing decorations similar to these in the stores, they are very cheap, but also very cheap looking…:-O However, the last few years the stores have also started selling a large selection of flag colored ribbon, so I thought: hm…. why not make the rosettes myself? In addition I was able to utilize more vintage finds from my pretty data project: both the 1905 image of King Haakon, Queen Maud and Crown Prince Olav, the gilded frame, the 1905 Coat of arms of Norway and the Norwegian lion badge are vintage, just the way I like it 🙂
If anyone would prefer printables with our current King Harald and Queen Sonja, please let me know and I can whip up a second batch with those for you.
Also, 2,5″ size will fit for large rosettes. If you would like smaller sized circles to make smaller rosettes, remember my conversion chart:
Supplies: Ribbon 4cm wide, ribbon 5cm wide, my printed sheet of 2,5″ circles, sewing machine, hot glue gun, laminator, sharp scissors, large safety pins.
- Print out my sheet of 2,5″ circles
- Run it through the laminator, to make the badges water-proof (in case it rains during the parade)
- Cut out the badges (use a 2,5″ punch if you have one)
- Pleat the 5cm wide ribbon with your sewing machine. I used a straight stitch (largest setting) and made my pleats about 1cm each. (It is also possible to make the pleats with a needle and thread, if you don’t have a sewing machine, or even glue dots or your hot glue gun if you are careful!)
- Eyeball how large the rosette circle should be, make sure the 2,5″ badge will cover the stitches.
- Hot glue the rosette circle, and cut of the excess.
- Hot glue the front badge on top
- Eyeball how long you want your ribbon to hang down below the rosette, and cut a piece twice that length from the 4cm wide ribbon.
- Wrap the piece around the “inner” part of the large safety pin (your pin should be large enough to hold the entire with of the ribbon).
- Pull the two pieces of the ribbon slightly to either side, and hot glue them in place.
- Cut a slit on either side of the back badge, to fit the size of your safety pin
- Position the back badge onto the safety pin, and hot glue it to the ribbon
- Hot glue the safety pin/back badge/ribbon to the flip side of the rosette
- Cut the hanging ribbon so they are the same length
- Pinch the end of the ribbon between your fingers, and cut with a sharp scissor to created the split ends.
- Attach to your clothing and wear, or hang as party decorations for the National Day Celebrations:-)
Below is a few pictures of how I made these, you can click on these pictures to view them large, if you need a better look at any of the details:
For May 17th 2013, I shared a Norwegian Flag Garland, which you can make to decorate for a May 17th party (click on one of the images below to go to the original post):
I have included an updated 2015 version in the download folder. 😉
If you are curious about my Pretty Data project, and interested in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, please get in touch, as I’m still hoping to sign up more helpers with my project! Warning: you’d have to be pretty crazy about imagery, somewhat interested in history, and have a (more or less secret) crush on royalty!…lol
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I used elements from the following source for this design: