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How to Make an Easy 3d Wet Felted Flower

Updated on February 2, 2017

3D Wet Felted Flower

The completed 3D flower
The completed 3D flower | Source

An Easy Flower Project!

This tutorial has been designed for those who are new fairly new to the process of wet felting.

Merino wool roving or merino tops are my fibres of choice for this easy project. Those of you who are new to wet felting will find that it felts very quickly. It comes in a wide range of beautiful colours.

A few silk fibres can be added to the surface of the flower for a little shine if this is the effect you are looking for.

Merino Wool

Items needed for this tutorial
Items needed for this tutorial | Source

Items Needed

  • Merino wool roving or wool tops suitable for felting in colours of your choice.
  • Green merino wool for the leaves
  • 1 Heavy duty bamboo mat or 1 or a sushi mat
  • A pair of scissors
  • A small squeeze bottle
  • Dish washing liquid or grated olive oil soap diluted in hot water
  • A roll of plastic food wrap
  • A kitchen or small bathroom towel for absorbing any excess water
  • An elastic band
  • A needle with matching thread

Step 1—Make the Leaves

  • Put a towel down onto a waterproof surface.
  • Place a bamboo mat on the towel.
  • Cut a piece of cling wrap from the roll and put it down onto the mat. The piece of plastic wrap should be cut large enough to accommodate the flower which you intend making.
  • Use the green wool roving to create 4 leaves on the surface of the plastic as shown below.
  • Wet the leaves with hot soapy water and smooth out the petals using your fingers and the soapy water.

Wet the Leaves

Lay out the leaves and wet with hot soapy water
Lay out the leaves and wet with hot soapy water | Source

Step 2—Smooth out the Petals

  • Smooth the edges of the petals using hot soapy water and your fingers.
  • Cover the petals with another sheet of cling wrap.

Cover the Wet Leaves

Cover the wet leaves with cling wrap
Cover the wet leaves with cling wrap | Source

Step 3—Cut a Hole in the Plastic

  • Cut a hole in the centre of the cling wrap as shown below.

The Hole

Making a hole in the central area of the flower.
Making a hole in the central area of the flower. | Source

The 'Core' of the Flower

The holes in the plastic should be centred one above the other. This is very important as these exposed fibres should knit together during the felting process to form the central core for the flower. If for some reason this does not happen, don't worry, you will be left with separate petals which can be assembled together at a later stage and sewn together.

Step 4—Layer 2 The Petals

  • Create the red and yellow petals in the spaces created by the leaves.

The Petals

The red and yellow petals
The red and yellow petals | Source

Cut a hole in the Middle of the Flower

Cover the 1st layer of petals with cling wrap and cut a hole in the centre.
Cover the 1st layer of petals with cling wrap and cut a hole in the centre. | Source

Step 5—The 2nd Layer of Petals

  • Create a 2nd layer of petals in the spaces created by the previous layer.

The 2nd Layer of Petals

The 2nd layer of petals
The 2nd layer of petals | Source

Step 6—Wet, Cover and Cut

  • Wet the Petals and cut a hole in the centre of the plastic.

The Hole

The 2nd layer with a hole in the middle
The 2nd layer with a hole in the middle | Source

Step 7—The 3rd Layer of Petals

  • Create the 3rd layer of Petals in between the spaces created by the previous layer of petals.

Wet and Rub the Central Core

Wet the middle of the flower well and rub before covering with plastic
Wet the middle of the flower well and rub before covering with plastic | Source

Step 8—Wet the Bubblewrap

  • Wet the surface of the bubble wrap with the warm soapy water.
  • This water helps create a slippery surface on which you can rub on.

Wetting the Surface

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Step 9—Rub Well

  • Rub the wet surface very well.

Rubbing the Bubble wrap

Rub the surface of the wet bubble wrap well
Rub the surface of the wet bubble wrap well | Source

Step 10—Turn the Project Over

  • Rub the leaves well from the other side
  • Concentrate much of the rubbing over the central core of the flower. This is important if you want these fibres to knit together.

Rubbing the Leaves

Rubbing the leaves from the other side
Rubbing the leaves from the other side | Source

Step 11—The Bamboo Mat

  • Put the project on the bamboo mat.
  • Include the bubble wrap and roll.
  • Start gently at first but increase the pressure as the flower begins to felt properly.
  • Concentrate a lot of effort on the middle of the flower.

The Bamboo Mat and Bubble Wrap

The project being rolled inside a bamboo mat
The project being rolled inside a bamboo mat | Source

Step 12—Turn the Flower Regularly

  • Roll for several minutes and then open the mat and turn the flower so that the flower gets rolled from various directions.
  • Turn the flower, not the mat! These mats can only be rolled in one direction!
  • Turning the flower ensures that the flower will be evenly rolled throughout the project.
  • Repeat this several times.

Roll From Both Sides

Turn the project over and roll from the other side.
Turn the project over and roll from the other side. | Source

Step 13—Check the Central Core of the Flower

  • Open the layers of plastic and check to see if the core has fused together.

Check the Leaves

Opening the contents of the plastic wrap
Opening the contents of the plastic wrap | Source

Check the Petals

Checking the petals
Checking the petals | Source

Step 14—Do a 'Pinch Test`

  • When you pinch the exposed fibres between 2 two fingers, you should feel no movement below.
  • If the fibres still appear loose, add a little soapy water and continue rolling until they longer move.
  • Repeat the ‘pinch test’.
  • Once you are satisfied that the contents of the plastic wrap have felted together remove the cling wrap.
  • Cup the leaves and petals in the palm of the hand as shown below.
  • Twist an elastic band around the bowl of the flower to form a base as shown.
  • This area can be flattened and rolled into a less round stem shape later on.
  • If the central core did not knit together for some reason, stack the leaves and petals together in a pleasing way and stitch them together and then follow the last two steps.

Elastic Band Twisted Around the Base of the Flower

Fold the flower and tie an elastic band around the base of the flower.
Fold the flower and tie an elastic band around the base of the flower. | Source

Step 15—Rinse the Flower in Hot and Then Cold Water

  • Rinse the flower, first under hot and then cold water.
  • Massage the fibres gently under the water to help with the felting process.
  • Rinse until the water runs clear.
  • The final rinse should have a little white vinegar added to it.
  • Throw the flower down onto a hard surface and then shape as desired.

The Rinsed Flower

The flower after it was put in hot and cold water to help with the felting process.
The flower after it was put in hot and cold water to help with the felting process. | Source

Step 16—Shape the Flower

  • Gently squeeze any excess water from the flower using a small towel.
  • Shape the damp flower and put a couple of stitches through the base of the flower to secure the 'stem' in place.
  • Remove the elastic band.
  • Wet the 'bowl' shape at the bottom of the flower and roll it between your fingers mat to form a stem.
  • I find it helpful to push a pen or pencil into the centre of the flower. Press down hard on it and continue shaping the flower.
  • Please see the image below.

The Stem

Wet the stem and shape with hot soapy water.
Wet the stem and shape with hot soapy water. | Source

Shape the Flower

Shape the petals
Shape the petals | Source

The Completed Flower

The felted flower
The felted flower | Source

Example of a 3D Flowers

3D Felt Flower Close-up
3D Felt Flower Close-up | Source
Completed 3D Felt Flower
Completed 3D Felt Flower | Source
Felt Flower made using the same technique
Felt Flower made using the same technique | Source

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It is surprising how little rolling is required if you use Sushi Mat or Bamboo Mats for this Project, You may use Bubble wrap instead of the Sushi Mats to make the Project, it will take a while longer to get to the ‘pinch test’ stage. If you make your petals a lot thicker than those shown in the video, you can expect to do a lot more rolling!! The layers of petals can be increased should you wish to make a more 3D effect for your flower. More layers will mean more rolling! You may wish to leave out the Leaves or Sepals completely and increase the Petal layers by one or two layers according to your preference. Again more rolling will be required.

Once you have learned this technique it can be used for making various other items including handbags where you may wish to incorporate a side pocket!

I hope you will enjoy this tutorial. If you decide to try making your own flowers, please feel free to send me your images, I would love to see them.

© 2013 Sally Gulbrandsen

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 months ago from Norfolk

      I do sell my work locally and also in my Etsy store but feel that it might be prohibitively expensive to make enough flowers to cover a 7-foot tree. Making these flowers or similar ones are simple once you have learned the basics of felting. I suggest starting with one of my earlier felt flowers Tutorials and progressing onto this one. Felting can be very addictive but it can also be very time-consuming. I very much appreciate the feedback. Thank you so much.

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      Nancy Bisogno 4 months ago

      I do not think I could make this but it's beautiful! Do you sell your work. I have a tree in my house about seven feet tall and bare. I am thinking of something to put all over it besides the standard silk leaves. Maybe flowers or beautifies?

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Thanks Ann, so nice of you to stop by. Have the grandchildren send me a whole bunch of flowers - I look forward to seeing all of them!

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      Ann Knoff 4 years ago

      Great video tutorial Sally, very well done, very easy to follow. My grandkids will love it

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Thank you so much Vickiw and Bake Like a Pro, so glad you enjoyed the video - and thank you so much for voting up, you comments are appreciated as always.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Interesting Hub, Sallybea. Hope I get time to try it sometime.

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Your article is so detailed and easy to follow Sally. I enjoyed the video about making 3D felt flowers, so interesting. Thank you for sharing it. I am voting and sharing this with others :)