Make a few felt flowers to give to your friends and family and watch their smiles grow. You can also make a bunch of felt flowers to sell as a fundraiser for church projects or your child's athletic and social clubs. Felt comes in an assortment of colors to match nearly every decor. You're sure to find that special someone's favorite color. Relatively easy and inexpensive, making felt flowers is a creative way to spend an afternoon with a friend or your child.
Things You'll Need
- Felt squares
- Chalk pencil
- Pinking shears
- 18-gauge green floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Fabric glue
- Green floral wrap
Making a Felt Flower
Choose a color for your felt flower. Most craft stores sell squares of felt in many vibrant colors. In addition to selecting a color for your felt flower, choose a green felt for your flower's leaves.
Draw or trace a 3-inch circle onto your felt fabric. Use a chalk pencil instead of a marker. The chalk is easily rubbed off the felt with your fingers.
Cut the circle from the felt using pinking shears. Pinking shears are a specialty scissor with notched blades that produce a zigzag pattern and prevent fraying.
Fold your felt circle in half. Fold your felt half-circle again to create a triangular shape. Fold your felt into a cone shape. One additional fold will create a felt flower. Two additional folds will create a felt flower bud.
Cut a 15-inch piece of green floral wire. Wrap the floral wire around the pointed end of your felt flower. Wrap it around the felt several times to ensure that the felt will remain folded. Leave the remainder of the wire to create the felt flower stem.
Making a Felt Leaf
Draw a leaf onto a piece of paper and cut it out to make a stencil. The leaf should measure 2 inches from base to tip. Trace the leaf onto your green felt with a chalk pencil using your paper leaf stencil. Cut the felt leaf with your pinking shears. Make four felt leaf cutouts.
Cut two lengths of floral wire measuring 2 to 3 inches. Lay one leaf flat, and place 1 inch of the wire onto the leaf. The remaining wire should exit the base of the leaf.
Put fabric glue onto the felt leaf and over the wire. Twist the wire to make sure glue covers the 1-inch section of wire on the leaf. Press a second felt leaf onto the first. Press the felt leaves together, making sure to press the fabric covering the wire firmly. Repeat this process with the remaining two felt leaves. The four felt leaf cutouts will give you two felt leaves.
Assembling a Felt Flower
Wrap the base of your felt flower with green floral tape. Continue to wrap the tape down the wire stem of your felt flower. When you reach the bottom of your stem, cut off the remaining tape.
Twist the wire stems of your two felt leaves around the taped wire stem of your felt flower. Place one leaf facing one direction higher on the flower stem. Place the second leaf facing the opposite direction a little lower on the flower stem. Tape the leaf stems to the flower stem using floral tape.
Make several felt flowers and felt flower buds in different colors or different shades of one color to create a beautiful and long-lasting bouquet.
Tips & Warnings
- Unfurl the felt flower tips slightly with your fingers to adjust the look of your "petals."
- Do not use your pinking shears to cut paper. Doing so will dull the blades.
- Photo Credit Photo courtesy of Nick Lobeck at stock.xchng, Heather Strickland.
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