The corsage and the boutonniere are lingering relics of the past, worn now only for high school proms and weddings. Pinning a flower to your lapel was still very much a "thing" back in the early to mid twentieth century, and a bizarre form of such decoration was the kitschy holiday pin! Not a traditional brooch made of metal, but a cluster of faux metallic leaves, berries and perhaps the odd acorn or bauble. I'm not usually one to go for much kitsch when it comes to my wardrobe, but for the holiday season, I'll make an exception!
Which is why I decided to DIY a fun mid-century boutonniere brooch to wear this season! It was super easy to make with a few holiday sprigs from the craft store.
I gathered together some winter berries, leaves and ribbons to arrange into a brooch. I also collected some extra fine wire, wire clippers, and a few pin backs. To make a little boutonniere style brooch, simply select your stems and start twisting them together.
Here I twisted the individual leaf stems around a bundle of berries. Since each berry or leaf is wired individually you can arrange them how you would like with ease.
I decided to add in a few gold berries and a bright blue acorn too.
Being as I was fresh out of plastic gift wrapping ribbons, I took apart a pre-made bow to use for ribbon. This blue happened to match my acorn perfectly. I tied a few pieces of ribbon around the bundle of stems to both cover up some of the messy twist, and to help keep everything together. I curled the ends of the ribbon with the blade of my scissors.
Lastly, I used a short piece of wire to attach a pin back to the back of the brooch. No glue means no waiting for things to dry, but a hot glue gun would work just as well if you have one.
I made a second brooch in gold and green. I think these would look so cute pinned to your coat for a bit of festive cheer. You could use any motif or color combination, I like to think these could be quite no- denominational depending on the choice of materials. They have so many fun little sprigs in the wreath making aisle of craft shops these days.