Discover how to make several different and beautiful felt flowers with these DIY tutorials
Hey y’all – today I’m going to share with you how to make felt flowers. I’ve posted several tutorials for individual felt flowers, and this post is a round up of all the felt flowers I made. I’m sharing details on the supplies and links to the tutorials for each specific flower, so that you can make your own felt flower bouquet.
You can use these felt flower tutorials to make a bouquet, to embellish clothes, to add to wreaths – there are so many ways to use these! And they’re lovely to have when the weather is cold and the real flowers aren’t blooming outside.
For each felt flowers tutorial, I drew up the petal shapes for myself and the pictures in the posts clearly show the shapes of the petals. But If you’d rather download a petal and leaf template for the flower shapes instead of eyeballing them from my images, I have the entire file for all these flowers available for purchase here for $5 as a digital download you can print at home. You can also print that file at different scales to make felt flowers in different sizes.
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To make your own felt bouquet you’ll need:
- Wool felt in the color you want your flower, and some scraps of green. I ordered all the felt I used from this shop. I prefer the wool blend felt (which is hard to find in stores) because it cuts cleaner and is softer and easier to shape. The craft felt sold in stores is typically polyester, and that means it is stiffer and harder to shape. You can still use it, just know that some of the techniques I use (like misting with water to crinkle the peony petals) won’t work with polyester felt.
- Floral wire (affiliate link). I prefer the paper covered kind of floral wire for these.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks. Do your fingers a favor and get the low temp kind of hot glue gun.
Note – if you wanted to, you could use a needle and hand sew to make felt flowers instead of using a hot glue gun. That’s the method I would recommend if you want to make them to embellish clothing. And then either use fabric that won’t fray, like felt, fleece or knit, or add fray check to the edges after you make the flower if you use other fabric.
And now let’s get to the individual flowers that make the felt flower bouquet!
Step By Step Crafting
Here are the general steps to make all of these flowers; for the particulars of each type of felt flower, check out the individual tutorials for each. You can make a rose, peony, chrysanthemum, dahlia, and ranunculus.
Time needed: 20 minutes
How to Make a Felt Flower
- Cut out petals with sharp scissors
Depending on the type of flower you’re making, you’ll cut petals of different shapes and sizes This image shows the peony petals. Other flowers cut out strips or a spiral; the shapes are specified in each tutorial.
- Shape the petals
The secret to making the flowers look more realistic is to shape the petals. Petals for real flowers are rarely flat, so shaping the petals makes a difference. Again I’m showing the peony petals; to shape these you’ll cut slits in them and overlap to make them cup.
- Glue the petals to the stem in order
The specifics vary based on which flower you’re making. This image shows the ranunculus.
- Finish with a calyx and leaves
These last touches help the flower stay together and look realistic. Here I show the chrysanthemum.
Types of Felt Flowers
Below I have the pictures of the individual blossoms I made so you can see what they look like finished. Each one is also linked to the full tutorial. Some of the tutorials are in pictures, some are in video, some have both. But each one has enough information for you to replicate the look.
Make a Felt Rose
Felt colors – Fuschia and Moss. Felt Rose instructions here. I do like the way this one turned out, but next time I’m also going to experiment with curling the top edges of the outer petals, using a pencil and a little bit of water.
Make a Felt Peony
Felt colors – Carnation and Moss. Felt Peony tutorial here.
Make a Felt Chrysanthemum
Felt colors – Georgia Peach and Loden. Felt Chrysanthemum tutorial here.
Make a Felt Dahlia
Felt colors – Mulberry and Loden. Felt Dahlia tutorial here.
Make a Felt Ranunculus
Felt colors – Fresh linen, Mediterranean Mist and Loden. Felt Ranunculus tutorial here.
For the flowers above, I used the following colors
- Peony – Pink petals, Moss leaves
- Chrysanthemums – Old Gold petals, Enchanted Forest leaves
- Anemone – Peach skin petals, charcoal center, Loden leaves
- Ranunculus – Custard petals, Enchanted Forest center and Loden leaves.
Hope you enjoy making your own felt flowers as much as I have enjoyed making these!