Felt boards are entertaining and educational. Create one for the kids in your life, using just a few scraps of felt and a bit of cardboard. The process is quite easy and takes just 30 minutes. Just gather together these items you likely have at home: felt, cardboard, scissors, school glue, and freezer paper. Then read on to learn how to create your own felt board for far less than you would pay for one that you buy at the store.
Create the Felt Board
Select a sturdy piece of cardboard, and cut it down to your desired size. Then, cut a piece of felt that is just slightly larger than the board, and glue it to the cardboard. Fold the extra felt over the edge and glue it to the back. This will create a nice, finished edge.
If you want to make your felt board extra sturdy, tuck it inside a picture frame. It'll keep the board from bending, and give you the option of hanging it on the wall.
Make Felt Shapes and People
Decide on a theme for your felt board; then, create felt pieces to go along with your theme. To make the felt easier to cut, draw your shapes on freezer paper. Then, iron the shiny side of the paper to your felt, and cut around your shapes.
The paper will lend the felt a bit of stiffness, so it doesn't flop around while you're cutting, and it'll save you from having to draw directly on the felt. When you're done, simply peel off the paper, and your felt pieces are ready for play.
If you haven't bought felt yet, consider buying stiffened felt. It's much easier to cut.
If you're not sure what shapes to make, search online for ideas. There are even websites that offer free felt board templates that you can print and use. You can also use sandpaper to back paper pieces. The sandpaper will stick to your board just as well as felt.
If you're feeling creative, embellish you felt creations with glitter, permanent markers, or fabric paint. Let your imagination run wild: getting creative is half the fun. When you're finished creating, designate a storage container for all of the felt pieces, so they won't get lost. You can even add a pocket to the back of the felt board to store the pieces in between uses.
- Use coloring book images to create quick felt pieces. Just cut out some pictures, and use them as you would a template.
- Layer pieces of felt to create multicolored shapes. Attach the felt using school glue or craft glue.
- Use extra family photos to create a felt version of your family. Cut images of your family out of pictures, and back them with felt, so they stick to the board.
- Use a stencil to create uniform letters and numbers, or find letters online that you can print and trace around.