How to replace the blurb icon with Font Awesome

Please note, this article and instructions are for Font Awesome version 4.x.

For the instructions for Font Awesome 5 click here.

Last week I received a help request from John. He was trying to replace the blurb icon from it’s original Elegant Font to a Font Awesome icon. He did some pre-work, so half the credits go to him. Only some tricky finishing touches were needed.

I thought that other Divi users would be interested in this, so here it comes. Click to see how you can do it yourself. It requires adding some CSS to your style sheet and maybe playing around with it a bit for proper adjusments.

First, of course, you need to have Font Awesome loaded. You can easily do that with the Font Awesome for Divi Builder plugin, which you can grab here. Then follow the steps below.


1. Set up a blurb

Just set up a blurb with any icon. We’ll replace the icon later with some CSS.

If you want a circle or circle border, set those up the way you want it.

Give the blurb a custom CSS class name. (Open your Blurb Settings, go to the Custom CSS tab, and add the class name in the CSS Class field.) It should be different that the Font Awesome class names, e.g. don’t use fa-plane. But you can use fab-plane.


2. Hide the icon

In the Blurb Module Settings panel go to Advanced Design Settings.

Switch on ‘Use Icon Font Size’ and set it to 0.


Now you will need to edit your style.css file, so go to Appearance > Editor. It should automatically load your styles.css

Add these lines to it, with your settings. Read the notes below.

.fab-plane .et-pb-icon::after {
    content: "\f072";
    font-family: "FontAwesome" !important;
    font-size: 48px;
    padding: 6px; /* OPTIONAL, READ NOTES */


The .fab-plane should be the css class name you gave your blurb.

The content should be the unicode from the Font Awesome page, e.g. “\f002” for the magnifying glass in the example. Don’t forget the quotation marks and the backslash!

You will most probably need to adjust the font-size of the icon. An out-of-the-box Divi uses 48px for the icon on top and 16px for the icon on the left. You can of course use different values if you want to.

The padding is optional. Some icons are not square, for example the plane icon. In these cases the circle around the icon will be an oval. This can be fixed by setting a padding of a couple of pixels. If you don’t need any padding, then just remove the line.

If you did the above 4 steps, then you should have your blurb ready with a Font Awesome icon.

If you have more blurbs, then you need to do this for every one of them. Or do you? 🙂

In my next post I will be giving you some tips on how to minimize / simplify the CSS code if you are using more blurbs with Font Awesome. If you want to be ready for that, then give all your Blurbs an extra CSS class name called ‘fab’. 😉

If you have questions or you need some help, feel free to leave a comment, maybe it will help somebody else too.

Happy Blurbing!

Using Font Awesome with Divi

Using Font Awesome with Divi

Divi includes a very nice icon set, the Elegant Icon Font. It has a stunning 360 icons, however that was not good enough for me. 🙂 So I checked around a bit.

There are couple of free icon font sets on the web. My personal favourite is Font Awesome, which I believe is becoming the non-plus-ultra in this area and it’s totally free! The collection (version 4.3.0) currently packs 519 amazing icons for different categories like web applications, gender icons, file types, and so on. Even some Star Wars related ones!!! Click to see how to integrate it in your Divi powered WordPress site and get some tips on formatting.