Felt and Paper Flowers Tutorial: DIY Craft Project
This spring, I found several beautiful felt and paper flower bouquets on Pinterest including this lovely bouquet and got inspired to make my own. I love to make wall art and other home décor, and this was perfect for the season. Felt and paper flowers are an easy, inexpensive craft project. They are a little time consuming if you cut all of the flowers out yourself (as opposed to using a paper cutter such as a Cricut) but are not difficult to make, which means that this is a great project for both kids and adults. I've put together step by step directions with photos here so that you can make your own flowers. Happy crafting!
-At least 3 8.5x11" pieces of felt in different colors
-At least 3 12x12 pieces of scrapbook paper in different colors/patterns
-Small piece of cardboard for the paper patterns
-Small (1/2" diameter or smaller) plastic buttons in assorted colors, one for each flower
-Paper glue (I use a 3M scrapbook glue, linked right)
-Straight sewing pins, enough to pin all of your flower patterns at once
-Bamboo skewers 10" or 12" tall, one for each flower
-Narrow green grosgrain ribbon (1/2" width or narrower), at least one color/pattern
-Small vase, pail, bucket, tin, etc. for the bouquet
-Decorative glass marbles or other filler for the vase (look in the floral section)
You can purchase almost all of these materials from a craft store. I happened to find the silver pails in the dollar section of Target. Bamboo skewers are available at grocery stores and in the kitchen sections of big box stores.
Create or find flower patterns. I copied some of my flower patterns from a greeting card book and created some of my own from flower coloring pages. I have included a link for a pattern available online as well as an example coloring page. If you want patterns for specific flowers (i.e. daisies), simply do a search on Google or Pinterest.
You may need to resize patterns to fit your particular project. You can resize images in a photo or word processing program or with a photo copier.
I copied the patterns onto regular paper for the felt flowers and thick cardboard for the paper flowers. If you don't have cardboard on hand, grab something like a cereal box from your recycling.
Pin and cut the felt patterns. Use 1-2 pins per flower to pin them to your felt. I created patterns for 4 different flowers and pinned all the patterns to a single piece of felt at a time. Use sewing scissors to cut your felt. As these flowers are fairly small, be careful not to stick yourself with the pins as you're cutting.
Trace and cut the paper patterns. Hold the patterns down and trace them on the back sides of your scrapbook papers. As you can see from my own example, your tracing does not have to be perfect. You won't be able to see tiny differences in the flowers when they're all together in a bouquet. I traced and then cut an entire scrapbook sheet at a time. Use regular scissors to cut the paper.
Glue the flowers. Use tacky glue for the felt flowers and scrapbook glue for the paper flowers. I chose to layer different colors/patterns together for each flower and then glue a single button, also in a different color), on top of each flower. Spread your flowers out to dry. Let the tacky glue dry for at least a couple hours. The scrapbook glue will be completely dry within 10 minutes.
Alternatively, you can choose to sew your flowers together. Some people choose to sew them together just with the center button while other people choose to sew along the edges of the flowers.
Glue the skewers. Apply a small amount of tacky glue to the last 1-2" on the sharp end of the skewer. Stick a flower to the glue. Layer the flower upside down so the stick is on top. Repeat with each flower. Let all of the flowers dry for at least a couple hours.
Tie the ribbons. Cut 3-4" of ribbon for each flower. Use sewing scissors to cut the ribbon. Tie one or two knots with each ribbon to secure them to the flowers.
When I made these flowers, I had just stocked up on a bunch of Easter ribbons on clearance and some other sale ribbons. I had 6 different green ribbons. You only need 2-3 different ribbons to create a nice variety.
Finish the vase. I put a small amount of flowers in an old vase from my husband. This vase is narrow and does need anything in it to support the flowers. I put the rest of my flowers in the two metal pails from Target. I filled each of these vases with a bag of decorative floral glass marbles before I put in the flowers. The size and width of your vase will determine whether you need a filler like the marbles and if so, how much you will need.
What can you make besides bouquets?
I made my felt and paper flowers with the primary intention of using them for bouquets and the secondary intention of using the leftovers for greeting cards. There is no limit of possibilities for these flowers. I have included just a few ideas here with photo examples and tutorials below. Click on the photo source links for the tutorials.
More Fun With Flowers
Invitations/Save the Dates
How to Make Felt Flower Pins or Brooch
My favorite glue for paper craft projects.
How to Make a Floral Headband
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