These beautiful felt flowers are a great craft for kids and the they look wonderful around the house. Try this craft and brighten up your home this year.
I have some more craft catching-up to do with you today! I learned how to make these easy felt flowers a few years ago and I’m ashamed to say that I just never shared them with you. I used to make these all the time with Kennedy and her friends when she was about six years old and I’ve used them on birthday gifts and Mother’s day gifts over the years too. This is a great craft for kids!
We decided to make a few flowers to decorate the snack table at Kennedy’s birthday one year and I thought I’d take you along for the ride!
Here’s how to Make Them!
Start out by cutting a strip of felt. I usually cut a standard-sized sheet of felt into three strips.
You can tell from the straightness of my cut that this is another one of my “perfection not required” crafts. 🙂
Next you’ll need to fold your strip of felt in half to make a long, skinny strip.
Then you’ll need to cut your “petals”. Just make little cuts every 1/2′ or so all along the side of your strip where the fold is. Don’t cut all the way through though! Leave about 1/4″ at the bottom uncut so all your petals stay held together!
This is me trying to hold it in place so you could see what I did. I really should have remembered to take pictures when I had Kennedy helping me. I need more hands!
You can also mix it up and do the same type of cuts on the non-folded side.
Use a bead of hot glue along the whole length of your strip to keep it folded in half .
Now comes the fun part where it all comes together! Start rolling your flower up, using hot glue as you go to hold everything together.
Get the Kids Involved
When I made these with kids, I would have them cut their strips and cut their petals, and then I would have them come over to the “gluing station” so they could have me glue their flower for them. I would just ask them if it looked good to them and if they liked how I was rolling the flower as I went and that way they felt like they were still very much involved in the process. As kids get to be older and a little more confident with crafting, you can let them try out using the hot glue with one of the lower temperature glue guns that you can get. Be careful though because hot glue is still hot glue even if it’s a little less hot! You’ll know when they’re ready to try it out though, you know your kids. 🙂
So you just keep rolling and gluing and rolling and gluing and pretty soon you have yourself a really cute flower!
It’s a pretty impressive end product when you realize just how super easy they are to make!
To make the really big flower, just keep adding petal strips, wrapping and gluing them around your flower until you have the size you want. I think I used 4 petal strips for the one pictured here.
So that’s it! This is a really fun craft for kids so I really encourage you to try it out! Why not add a few onto something for Birthdays, Easter or Mothers’s Day this year?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.