Crafting Tutorials

Felt Flower Wall Decor Tutorial


Yesterday my sweet little girl was running a pretty good fever, so I stayed home from work with her.  Because she was so sleepy and miraculously so was my 9 month old, I got some serious housework done.  It was wonderful (not my daughter being sick, of course, but getting ahead of the housework for once).  So today, being my regular day off and my kids both feeling great for the first time in what seems like forever, I was able to focus a little bit more on fun projects again!

I’ve had some sheets of felt rolled up in a basket in my room for months now.  I have been wanting to make a few things with them but couldn’t ever find the time to do it.  I also always have random canvas on hand hiding under my bed (I promise when I get my craft room up and running in my house these things won’t be in all sorts of places in my bedroom anymore).

Last year I converted my toddler’s room into her ‘big girl’ room. She’s 3 and has a queen size bed in there.  I know, it’s a little overkill, but now I don’t have to worry about upgrading her again in a few years.  Plus, the bed is from Ikea and has a ton of extra storage in it, which I’m all about.  Anyways, when I redesigned her room I also created a lot of the decorations for it.  One of the things I made were these super cute almost 3-dimensional felt flowers.  Today I’m going to walk through how I made these.  I absolutely love how much they can brighten up a space.  They’re fun for the kids and you can make them to match any decor in your house.

You’ll want to make sure you have all of your materials first.  Here’s what I used to make the flower:

  • 6 sheets of felt fabric
  • Ruler
  • Fabric Scissors
  • 12×12 canvas
  • 12×12 scrapbook paper
  • Scrapbook glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Clothespins
  • Buttons or small decor for the center

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Before getting started on the felt petals, glue your scrapbook paper to the canvas and let it dry.  This way you won’t have any down time when you are finally ready to start gluing things down.

Choose the colors you want to use for the flower.  I typically pick 3 different colors to use, but you can keep it all one color or use up to four.  My daughter helped me with this part.

After you decide which colors you want to use arrange them in the order you want them on your flower – the larger petals will be in the back.  For the largest size petals you’ll need two sheets of the same color felt.  Cut them in half long-ways (shown below), and then cut them into 3 sections, four inches wide each.

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The next size petal you will need will be cut in half again, but measured to be 3-inches in width.  Each petal size gets slightly smaller.  For the 3rd row of petals cut the felt into 3 long pieces and measure them to be 3-inches wide also.  Finally, cut 2×2-inch pieces for the last row that will be on the top of the entire flower.  If that seemed a little confusing here’s a picture of what your pieces should look like:

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After all of your squares are cut out trim the tips of them to make a point like shown above.

Next you are going to start hot gluing the felt pieces to form petals.

I like folding them in half and gluing the center together near the base, and then folding the sides down and gluing them in place.  This helps keep the petals a little more even looking.

This is where the clothespins come into play.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burnt my fingers holding these together while waiting for the glue to dry.

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Continue gluing all of your petals together.  Once you’re done with this you’ll lay them out on the canvas like a clock.  Place and glue down four of your petals in the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.

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Fill in the space with the remaining eight petals.  When your first layer is done it should look something like this:

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Continue gluing on your next row of petals.  I try to space them in between the other petals so it fills in the space nicely.

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Now the third row…

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And finally the fourth row of petals…

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After all of your petals are glued on, put a decoration in the center to pull it all together.  I usually just use a button.  Because I had a little more room to cover I used a knitted flower that I had left over from some headbands we made at my baby shower, with a button on top of it.

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That’s it!  You’re ready to decorate your house with some awesome artwork you made in just a short amount of time.  I hope you love it!

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I love these flowers.  I think they bring so much fun, beauty and color into a room.  I’d love to see how yours turn out!  Happy crafting!

XoXo, Erika


Rainy Day Canvas Craft Tutorial

January can be pretty dreary at times, wouldn’t you agree?  The holidays are over and seem forever away and nothing super exciting is going on this month.  Kids are back in school (unless you have little ones that aren’t there yet like me), husband is working, and now it’s cold and rainy outside.  I need to keep myself and my kiddos entertained today, so what to do?  How about make some awesome artwork using an old piece of canvas you’ve had hiding under your bed that your toddler can help with?  Sounds like a perfect solution to staying indoors!

This is our current view from our front window.  Brrr!!!  There’s nothing more my daughter loves than helping mommy with her projects.  This one I wanted to be special.  I wanted it to be about my kids.  So, naturally, I did something that my sweet girl could help me with.  Here’s how we made our awesome canvas artwork.

First, I dug out an old and already slightly used 16×20 canvas that I got from a yardsale for about a quarter.  I decided I wanted a quote on there that reflected how important it is to spend time with and invest in your kids.  I also wanted there to be some artwork on it to brighten it up and make it more fun.

   

                 

I brought my canvas outside and spray painted it this awesome gold color that I had left over from a Christmas project my little brother came up with.  While it was drying, I went onto my computer to get started on the saying I wanted on the canvas.  I used my Silhouette Studio software to design it.

      

The quote I chose to use was from C.S. Lewis: “Children are not a distraction from more important work.  They are the MOST important work”.  I just love this.  Once I finally settled on a font (this only took me 20 minutes, I went with Segoe Script), I used contact paper on my mat to cut out a stencil.  My cut settings were blade: 2 and material: vinyl.

After my stencil finished cutting I used reverse weeding (find a great tutorial of that here from Silhouette School http://www.silhouetteschoolblog.com/2015/03/reverse-weeding-explained-how-and-when.html) to remove the negative pieces that I didn’t need.  I then used clear contact paper as transfer paper and made my stencil ready to be placed on the canvas.  I put this aside for now and got started with the flowers that I wanted to add some color to the artwork.

 I used three different clip-art flowers for my middle design.  I traced them and cut them as I did for my quote above.

 I taped off the section of the canvas that my toddler was going to help me paint.  We chose a few bright colors and got to work painting random colors in the middle.

After the paint dried I placed the flower stencils on top of it.  A neat trick I’ve learned to do when using canvas is to place a book underneath it so you can firmly press the stencil onto it without ruining your canvas.  Now we can take it outside and spray paint over it again.

   

Once the spray paint dried I brought the canvas back inside and placed my quote on it.  Make sure you don’t remove the flower stencils!  You will be placing your quote on top of them for now.  After my quote was placed, I painted the entire canvas again, this time a different color.

    

I use my cutting mat to line up my stencil before smoothing it down.  This helps me visualize it better to make sure it’s straight because I am absolutely terrible at eye-balling this kind of thing!

We took a break while this was drying and made some chocolate chip cookies, because who doesn’t love to bake during cold weather?

Now we are finally ready to take off all of the stencils and enjoy our awesome rainy day artwork!

At last!  The finished product!  I love how it turned out and I love even more that my daughter helped me with it!

What kind of rainy day craft projects have you done?  I’d love to see them!  Thank you for visiting this tutorial.  I hope you are able to make some awesome artwork with your little ones too!

XoXo, Erika