26Jan

A little bit of flowers…

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 8.10.16 AMOne of my favorite things to make are felt flowers. If you’ve never searched how to do this, let me tell you, you can make pretty much any flower. Some of them are so intricate and just plain gorgeousI had made the flower box shown at the top of the page for a craft festival I was in last fall. It actually went to a friend from high school for her little girl’s room. How special is that?

I loved the design, so I left the item up for sale in my Etsy shop. When I received the second order, I decided to share how I made it. This order was a custom order for a blue and green flower. I actually had the wooden shadow box sitting around. Dave had made this last year out of pallets, but a quick search online shows me you can buy them a lot of places. You don’t have to put the flowers in a box. If you start to click some of these links, you’ll see other options, like wreaths, headbands, etc. 

IMG_6403To make flowers, you need felt (how much depends on size/type of flower), a hot glue gun, scissors and patience. Once you realize how simple these flowers can be, I think you’ll be addicted too. For this specific flower, I started with a blue felt. You need to make a base circle for the petals to stick to. I have noticed that a lot of sites get specific with petal counts and that never seems to work for me. Basically, you need to make enough petals to fill the circle.

IMG_6404The second layer of petals is a light green. Pay close attention to the shape of these petals. They aren’t circles, but more of a, well, a petal shape. Once you have enough for the second layer, you glue them on top. You do the same thing with the top layer, or in this instance, the light blue layer.

IMG_6406The center can be whatever you want. I have use balls of felt. I have used buttons. It really depends what kind of look you’re going for. For this specific flower, I took two circles and cut slits in them. If you zoom in a little on the finished product, you can see, they are just kinda smashed together and glued into the center. The slits give it more texture.

IMG_6408I have one gripe about this flower. I had the blue felt leftover from previous projects. It is a softer felt. The other two colors came in a pack I bought at Target. It’s really thick. I would not recommend getting this felt for making flowers because it is difficult to work with. The end product turned out well, but the petals were hard to shape.

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And that’s it. For this shadow box, I stapled burlap to the back and glued the flower in the middle. This simple design can go on a wall or be set in your home. Happy flower making!

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