I am HARDCORE obsessed with felt. I love it! Wool felt, blended felt, eco felt, all of it. I don’t even care.
I’ve done several different felt tutorials on the blog, and I wanted to share with you another one. I see these gorgeous felt flower bouquets all over Etsy and Pinterest and I always think to myself, “Self, you need one of those.”
Anyway, these guys are gorgeous and kind of time consuming, but if you’ve got an afternoon and some hot glue, you should be fine.
They are great gifts for Valentine’s day, teacher gifts, Mother’s Day, and also just make adorable decorations for holidays, because THEY NEVER DIE! So even you guys out there with black thumbs can enjoy “fresh” cut flowers everyday!
Plus it’s very cost effective when you look at how much they go for online… upwards of $100!
I’ll show you how I make 2 different kinds of flowers, but then it’s up to you to figure out the rest. Following me on Pinterest can help.
To make these flowers you’re going to need;
- Wire; floral wire or thicker wire for heavier flowers.
- Floral tape
- Fabric scissors (paper ones won’t cut it, *yuk yuk*)
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Wire cutters
Start by measuring out the wire to the length you need, and cutting a piece. Next tightly wrap the “stem” in the floral tape.
Next you’ll need to cut out your pieces for the flower. I’m gonna show you how to make a Gerbera Daisy and a Fringed Dahlia.
The gerbera daisy has smaller petals in the center, slowly getting larger as it works it’s way out the the center. The center of the flower is made by taking a small piece of felt, about 1″ wide by 6″ long, folding it in half and making small cuts almost all the way through.
Next make your petal strips. Choose your color, I picked a bright purple, and cut three 9-12″ strips, one 1″ wide, one 2″ wide and the next about 4″ wide. Cut them similar to the picture below. You don’t have to be perfect, that’s what’s so great about flowers! Even in nature they aren’t all perfect, and vary slightly from each other.
Take your stem, add a dab of hot glue onto the center portion, and roll it up.
Allow the glue to cool and harden a bit, it will make it much easier to roll the petals.
Next, using the smallest strip of petals, add glue and continue rolling around the center portion.
Repeat with additional petal strips, until finished. You should now have a flower! All we need to do now, is take some green and add a base to cover all that hot glue and unfinished edges. Cut a roundish shape out of some green felt, fold in half and make a small slit.
Feed the stem through the slit and add glue to secure. Glue edges up around the base of the flower.
Finish off the flower by gluing leaves to the stem, and you’re done!
The second flower it done exactly the same way, but involves a slightly different cutting technique on the petal strips. For the dahlia I used turquoise.
Using similar sized strips of felt, cut into each piece making small slits, creating a “fringe” effect. Roll the middle around the stem the same way, followed by the petals.
Finish off the bottom and add leaves and you’re done!
Create variances of flowers with different wires, colors and inspiration. Gather them all together in a bouquet, or display them in a cute vase on your mantle!
The possibilities are ENDLESS! How cute are those mini daisies? Made the same as the fringed dahlia, but smaller and with a plain rolled center!
Some of the bigger flowers lead to more difficult techniques and if you’re like to see more flower tutorials, let me know in the comments below!
Do you think you will use this for a DIY wedding? Or a gift? Or maybe just in your own house?