Friday, May 27, 2016
DIY V for Victory Brooch
It seems summer is the patriotic season here in the US with Memorial Day kicking off the summer, Independence Day in July, and Labor Day at summers close. Though I'm not very patriotic myself, like most vintage loving ladies I have no problem celebrating the victory in WWII. If there was one war that had to be fought it seems WWII deserves the title, with horrible ideas that truly needed to be crushed. Fashion certainly turned to celebrate the war's end with patriotic prints and all things red, white, and blue. One of the most collected WWII related fashion accessories is the V for victory brooch. See some vintage examples below (from a simple search on Pinterest)...
As I wear 1940's fashions all the time I thought it was high time I acquire a V for victory brooch myself, but you all know I am crafty by nature so I figured I'd DIY a little something. I spotted these great little wooden letters at my local Joanns and knew they would be just the right size for a brooch!
To make a victory brooch yourself you will need:
-Wooden V from a craft or hobby shop
-Acrylic paints (and I snagged a clear sealer too for a nice finish)
I sketched out my basic design, super simple red, white, and blue stripes. I pained the second V all white.
Make sure to keep those nice sharp lines down the sides of the V as well. I left the V to dry between coats and did three coats in the end as the wood is pretty porous by nature.
After each V had dried, I topped the paints with a thin layer of clear gloss sealant.
For the white V I added rows of clear white flat backed rhinestones with tiny dabs of e6000. I usually use a (sacrificed) pin for doing tiny detail work with glue.
Once everything is dried once more, glue on a pin back of some sort!
Then you're suddenly finished! Wear your V for victory pin with your 40's duds for an authentically optimistic look! Great for a day at a WWII reenactment or event, or any day you feel extra patriotic!