March 18, 2013

DIY Felt Flowers

Handmade felt flowers are some of the most versatile craft projects around. Used to punch up everything from throw pillows to wearable accessories, it is a must for any crafter to have two or three terrific go-to DIY felt flower tutorials in his or her creative arsenal. Today I’m sharing three felt flower ideas that can be made in no time, and with no sewing whatsoever! Using an assortment of brightly colored felt, making two or three of these is a great way to carve out some creative time to make something beautiful! Let’s get started.

Three Spectacular Felt Flower Tutorials (No-Sew!) :: PositivelySplendid.com

I shared last week about my work with Michaels and their Cre8time initiative, where they challenged me to carve out one hour each day for eight days to be creative. I have loved every day of this challenge! While I was shopping at Michaels and scheming my project, I absolutely fell in love with some rolls of yummy wool felt in an assortment of vibrant colors.

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

Along with the felt, they had some coordinating pom-poms…

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

…and a gorgeous turquoise felted wool pillow cover.

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

To really make my pillow something special, I decided to come up with a few different flower designs that broke from the standard felt flowers I’ve seen before. The beauty of these tutorials is that although the flowers all look quite different, each is constructed in the same fashion. I love streamlining!

For each flower type, you’ll need a few basic supplies:

  • Felt (The wool felt sheets I purchased from Michaels are terrific for this because they are so nice and thick)
  • Hot glue
  • Cardstock
  • Flower center embellishments: pom-poms, buttons, decorative brooches, etc.
  • Shears

Flower 1: Five-Petal Penta Flowers

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

 

Start by cutting five tear-drop-shaped petals. Make a slit at the bottom center of each petal 2/3 of the way up, as shown.

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

Place a small dab of hot glue on one of the flaps…

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

…and overlap the opposite flap to adhere. This will add nice dimension to your petal, resulting in a more realistic flower. Repeat with the remaining four petals.

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

Cut a 2″ circle from cardstock, and place a dab of hot glue along one of the edges.

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

Working with one petal at a time, adhere the petals to the cardstock circle, overlapping the edges slightly as you work.

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

Finish the flower with the center of your choice. I cut a 1/4″ strip of contrasting felt that I rolled up and secured with hot glue before finishing with a pom-pom center.

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

 

If desired, for added interest, snip a triangular notch from the tip of each petal. (Refer to the photo of my finished flower above.)

Flower 2: Stacked Daisies

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Cut 7 long ovals in 2 sizes from 2 contrasting colors of felt, for 14 petals total. (My large ovals measured 3 x 1″ and my small ovals measured 2 x .75″.)

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

Make a slit at the bottom of each petal about 1/3 of the way up. Overlap and adhere the flaps as described above.

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

Adhere the larger petals around the perimeter 2″ piece of cardstock with hot glue, overlapping each one slightly. Adhere the remaining  7 smaller petals on top of the bottom petal layer, staggering the smaller petals between the larger petals. Finish with a flower center of your choice. (I used a pom-pom center.)

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

Flower 3: Stacked Pansies

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Cut 4 large circles and 4 small circles from 2 contrasting colors of felt. (My large circles measured 2″ and my small circles measured 1.5″.) Make a curved notch at the top of each circle, as shown, and trim a small slit at the bottom.

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Overlap and adhere the bottom flaps with hot glue as described above. Adhere the larger petals to a 2″ circle of cardstock with hot glue, overlapping the petals slightly. Layer the smaller petals on top of the first petal layer, and adhere with hot glue. Finish with the flower center of your choice. (I used a rolled 1/4″ piece of felt and a pom-pom.)

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

These felt flowers are deceptively easy to make, and they look absolutely gorgeous clustered together with some green felt leaf shapes!

DIY Felt Flowers :: PositivelySplendid.com

I adhered by flowers to my pillow cover with hot glue…

Felt Flower Pillow :: PositivelySplendid.com

…and added a couple of 1/4″ grey felt swirls for a special touch.

Felt Flower Pillow :: PositivelySplendid.com

The end result? A pillow that doubles as a piece of art! So pretty, bright and fun!

Felt Flower Pillow :: PositivelySplendid.com

Felt Flower Pillow :: PositivelySplendid.com

 

These flowers could be used on any craft project under the sun, from pillows like this one to brooches, handbags and more. Imagine the possibilities!

A huge thank you to Michaels for encouraging me to carve out some creative time in the midst of my everyday hustle and bustle. There really is nothing more gratifying than to take ordinary supplies and turn them into something beautiful!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Michaels. Rest assured that all opinions shared here are entirely my own, and I am committed to sharing only products and ideas that I feel my readers will benefit from and enjoy.

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15 Responses to DIY Felt Flowers

  1. Emily March 18, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    These are fabulous– pinned! I haven’t see felt like that at my local Michael’s. Is it new, or located in a place other than the standard craft felt aisle?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid March 18, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Emily, in our Michaels, it was located in an aisle with other wool felt crafting supplies, near the wood crafting supplies and away from the standard craft felt aisle. I hope you can find some, because it is so fun to work with!

  2. Crystal March 18, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Fabulous! The flowers are beautiful especially on the pillow. You are so creative!! Thanks for the tutorial. Love it! Pinned it!

  3. Jenna March 18, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    These flowers are so fun & bright! I am definitley going to try to make some, although I haven’t figured out what to do with them yet. :) Your tutorial was great! Thanks!

  4. Shelly March 18, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Beautiful AND fun -love it!

  5. Shelly March 18, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    P.S. I pinned this on 2 of my boards. :)

  6. Olivia March 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    These are beautiful! You are to talented, and thank you so much for sharing that talent with us all!

  7. Jan March 27, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Your instructions are very clear. The photos are also very helpful and make the process easy to follow.

  8. Melanie April 4, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    I love these flowers. Thanks for the nice tutorial.
    Liefs, Melanie

  9. Tavleen Singh April 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    I love love love all these flowers.. would definitely be making them soon!

  10. Dana September 24, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Hey- thanks for the tutorial! I plan to make these into barrettes for my daughter’s hair. She’ll flip!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid September 25, 2013 at 8:11 am #

      Have fun, Dana! I hope your daughter loves her barrettes. :)

  11. farzaneh February 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    آفریییییییین هنرمند
    Very very beautiful

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