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A Beautiful and Easy Felt Flower to Make with Kids
This easy felt flower is not only a fun craft to make with kids but is the perfect thing to accent a belt, headband, bracelet or fabric necklace, backpack or purse, or whatever else you can think of. After all, just about anything is more beautiful with a colorful flower added to it!
Read on for easy step-by-step instructions on how to make these flowers. You'll want to make several in different beautiful colors to jazz up accessories and clothes for back-to-school, for gifts, or for any... other occasion. The possibilities are endless. And making your own felt flowers with kids is not only fun, it can be a great money-saver, too. It's a great craft for fall, spring, or anytime of the year.Continue to 2 of 12 below.
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You will only need a few materials for this easy felt flower.
Gather the supplies you will need to make your felt flower. You will need:
- felt crafting sheets in a various colors
- heart-shaped paper punches* in 2 sizes (Choose a small and a medium-sized paper punches that make hearts that are approximately 3/4" to 1" in diameter.)
- card stock paper (to make the heart templates)
- glue gun
*Note: If you don't have a heart-shape paper punch, you can simply fold a piece of paper and draw a half heart and cut it out; when you unfold it, you... will have a symmetrical heart.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Use a card stock paper heart to trace hearts to form a circle.
Use the larger heart paper punch (I used the 1 1/2" size heart punch) to make a heart shape out of card stock paper. Use that paper heart to trace around it to form hearts in a circle as shown. This will be the base for the felt flower.
Note: You'll need at least 5 hearts in the circle to form the flower base. Try to space the hearts out as evenly as possible. Older school-age kids may be able to handle this step but you may want to do this part for younger children.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Cut out the hearts circle flower base.
Next, cut out the hearts flower base. Once you've cut out the shape, cut between the hearts to form the petals, taking care not to cut all the way to the center. (When you leave a bit uncut before you reach the middle, it will allow you to keep the flower petals--the hearts--still joined at the center.) When you are done, turn over the flower so that any pencil marks you have do now show.
This will give you the ability to round the bottom of the flower as you glue the petals on later so that... your flower has a bit of depth and shape to it and isn't just flat. (See photo.)Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Use your paper templates to make more felt hearts.
Now use your medium and small paper hearts templates to trace and cut out more felt hearts. (Remember to turn over the hearts so that any visible pencil marks do not show on your flower petals.) You should have at least 5 of the medium-size hearts and 5 of the small-size hearts.
As you're doing this step, plug in your glue gun and heat it up for the next step. Remember: Glue guns are very hot and should only be handled by adults. The glue they make can also be hot so little hands should steer... clear when you glue the petals together.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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You will now have a felt flower base and heart petals.
Your heart flower base and felt petals will now be ready for assembly.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Begin gluing the heart petals onto your flower base.
Next, round the bottom of your flower base as if you're making a small bowl and begin gluing the felt heart petals to form your flower. Keep adding petals, making sure you offset them slightly so that you can see the petals on the bottom layer.
Note: You won't need much glue--just a small bead at the bottom of each felt heart should be enough.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Your felt flower will look like this at this stage.
Once all the medium petals are glued on, your felt flower will look like this.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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And this is what it will look like with the smaller petals.
Then, you will add the smaller petals. Your flower will now look something like this.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Take a strip of felt to make the stamens for the flower.
Cut a strip of felt about 1/2 inch tall and 2 inches wide. Using your scissors, snip small cuts along the entire strip that are closely spaced apart, taking care not to cut all the way through to the bottom (see photo).Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Next, roll up the felt strip and glue it to the flower.
Roll the strip of cut felt as shown so that it resembles flower stamens. Glue it to the center of the flower.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Your felt flowers will look like this.
When you are done, your felt flowers will look something like this. Make a bunch in a variety of colors and start adding these pretty flowers to your favorite accessories. You can even sew or glue them onto a fabric ribbon and make a garland of these for decorating your child's room!