It’s nice to have a go-to flower tutorial for embellishing all sorts of things, from home decor items and wearable accessories to gift wrapping and more. Today’s tutorial for easy handmade felt poppies is one I recently came up with to accent the desk lamp shade in my sewing room and home office, and these flowers are so deceptively easy to make that I know I’ll be using them in many projects to come!
For this project, you will need…
- Felt (I prefer wool felt, but any kind will do)
- Sewing shears
- Hot glue
- Decorative brooch (mine is from Styled by Tori Spelling)
- Rotary cutter and mat (optional, but recommended)
To begin, cut approximately 15 3-inch squares of felt using your rotary cutter and mat. Working with one felt piece at a time, fold each square into quarters, as shown.
Apply a small dab of hot glue to one of the flaps formed by the snip, as shown…
…and then overlap the other flap so that your piece forms a shallow cone. One of your flower petals is now complete! Repeat the above steps with the remaining felt squares to make the rest of your petals.
Use scissors to cut a cardboard circle that is about 3 inches in diameter. (I used a cereal box.) Apply a dab of hot glue to the outer edge of the circle, as shown…
…and then affix one of your petal pieces to the cardboard, so that the snipped portion of the petal is affixed to the cardboard.
Continue affixing the petals to the cardboard base in a similar fashion, overlapping them slightly as you work.
Work until your have an entire ring of petals…
…and then add another layer of petals at the center. When you’re finished, you will have a blank space at the center of the flower where the cardboard base shows through; we’ll cover this up in a moment!
Finish your flower with a decorative brooch adhered to the center with hot glue for a chic statement. I used a brooch from the Styled by Tori Spelling Glitz line for my flower center. I absolutely love how it sparkles!
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.