In this crafty post from a few weeks ago, I mentioned something about doing a tutorial on those big felt flowers. So here I am to deliver! Don’t let all these photos fool you — they’re really quite simple.
You will need:
I cut three small petals and 5 larger petals for this particular flower. Sorry, no template — just eyeball it. Even circles will work!
The long yellow rectangle will be the shaggy center of the flower. Let’s tackle that first.
Fold the long rectangle in half, hot dog style and make small snips with scissors all along the raw edge.
I stand by my awesome “hot dog style” description.
This is just to show how you want it to look after the snips. Keep it folded over.
Your folded fringe piece will want to pop open and can be kind of a pain to keep straight, so you may want to dab a few dots of glue (I use hot glue) along the inner crease to hold it in place as you do the next step.
“Roll it like a sleeping bag”, adding a few dots of glue along the way.
When you reach the end, dab a generous amount of glue to hold it together reeeeaaaaal secure-like.
BAM. You have your center.
Now let’s assemble!
Start with one of the three small petals and glue it to the yellow center. I make a little line of glue near the tapered edge of the petal and just stick it on there. Build on your flower by overlapping the petals until it looks appealing to you. When you’re finished with the small ones, move on to the larger ones.
You may find you like a more loose look with big floppy petals or you may prefer it tidy and compact. Sometimes I’ll use a few different shades of felt to give it more depth, as seen in the flower box post. Feel free to add more petals to make the flower larger and experiment with different petal shapes as well.
You do you, girl. You do you.
A note on leaves:
It can be difficult to freehand-cut leaves and have them all look the same, so here’s a little tip on making them more uniform. Start with a small square of felt.
What I do is eyeball how big I want the leaf and make a little poke mark in the felt with the tip of my scissors where the point will be. Then I’ll cut in to that point from two outer edges of the square. I hope that makes sense! It’s not perfect every time, but it gives you a similar shape. Sometimes I’ll use the 90 degree corner if I’m wanting a super crisp look.
There you go! I hope you have fun with these flowers. Please feel free to ask any questions! xoxo