How to Paint Felt

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Felt is a versatile and easy to use fabric that is found in fashion, home decor items and crafts. It is a fairly absorbent fabric, and to keep it pliable you need to use fabric paint. Given the slightly rough surface of felt, it's easier to apply paint with a squeeze bottle to create precise, fine lines rather than using a brush.

How to Paint Felt
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Things You'll Need

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Marker or white chalk pencil
  • Ruler
  • Dimensional fabric paint
Step 1

Lay the felt flat on your work surface. Measure and cut it to the shape required for your project.

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Step 2

Draw the design you want to paint on the piece of felt. If you've chosen a dark-colored felt, use a white chalk pencil. If you've chosen a light-colored felt, use a marker.

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Step 3

Write a word or draw a shape on a scrap piece of felt. Use the glitter glue to trace the word or shape. Practice until you are comfortable using the bottle to draw on the felt.

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Step 4

Hold the dimensional fabric paint squeeze bottle however you feel comfortable and trace the design you drew on your felt.

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Step 5

Set the painted felt aside and let dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions before using it.

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