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Commemoration

Wattle Lest We Forget Badge

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Did you know? Wattle sprigs and badges were sold during the First World War to raise money for the war effort. 

This idea will allow children to make their very own wattle badges to wear this Anzac Dayl.

Search terms: national wattle day, veterans day.

  • Step 1Cut a green chenille stem into 3 equal pieces. Curve each piece.
  • Step 2Twist 2 of your chenille stem pieces together by winding one around the centre of the other. Repeat with the third piece. This will be the base of your wattle sprig.
  • Step 3Thread a chenille stem around your wattle base.
  • Step 4Twist your chenille stem to create a stem for your wattle. Trim with scissors.
  • Step 5Use scissors to cut two small leaves. You might like to cut them both from felt. Alternatively cut one from felt and one from spider mesh.
  • Step 6Cut a small banner flag from gold paper. Use a marker to write “lest we forget” on your banner. Allow to dry.
  • Step 7Use glue to attach yellow pom poms to the top of your wattle stems. Allow to dry.
  • When using PVA glue use tape to hold your pom poms in place while drying. Alternatively you could use a hot glue gun. Please note: When using a hot glue gun you will require adult assistance and supervision.
  • Step 9Glue your wattle sprig, banner and leaves together. Allow to dry.
  • Step 10Peel back the adhesive paper from your brooch back. Glue to the back of your badge for permanent adhesion. Allow to dry.

Materials used in this activity

Foil Paper - Pack of 40
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Product Code: 10044
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Chenille Stems - Bright - Pack of 100
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Product Code: 10825
EACH $6.59 (inc GST) $5.99 (ex GST)
6 or more $4.39 (inc GST) $3.99 (ex GST)          
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Self-Adhesive Brooch Backs - Pack of 25
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Product Code: 10843
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10 or more $7.69 (inc GST) $6.99 (ex GST)          
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Pom Poms - Assorted - Pack of 400
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Product Code: 12297
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CleverPatch Glue Gun Starter Set
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Product Code: 12505
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CleverPatch Tacky Glue - 250ml
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Product Code: 16494
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Felt Sheets - Green - Pack of 10
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Product Code: 17533
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