Hey y’all, it’s the next in the felt flower tutorial series! Today I’m going to show you how I make a felt chrysanthemum. These are super easy to make and they can stand on their own or work as nice accent flowers.
And in case you’d rather download the petal shapes instead of eyeballing them from my images, I have the entire file for all these flowers available for purchase here.
Here’s how I did the chrysanthemum.
- 1/4 sheet of 9×12 felt in the color you want your chrysanthemum, and some scraps of green. For this one I used Georgia Peach and Loden 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.
- Floral wire. I prefer the cloth covered kind for these
- Hot glue gun. Do your fingers a favor and get the low temp kind.
Note – if you wanted to, you could hand sew these. 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 fleece or knit, or add fray check to the edges after you make the flower if you use other fabric.
One more note – flowers in nature aren’t perfect. Allow yourself some imperfections while making these, and you’ll get a more realistic looking flower. Remember to have fun!
You’ll need a strip of felt for the flower. For the one shown here, I used a strip 3 inches wide by 12 inches long. You can adjust those dimensions to make the flower larger or smaller. You’ll also need a calyx; I start with a 5 point star and then cut a circle kind of shape around it. And you’ll need leaves; I kind of sketch a line and the lines angled out from it, almost like a Christmas tree shape, the round around that frame.
Fold the strip of felt in half, with the long edges matched. Then use sharp scissors to cut tiny slits all the way along the folded edge of the strip, leaving the bottom 1/2 inch or so intact. The closer together you make your slits, the more petals the flower will appear to have.
Run a stripe of glue down one long edge of the strip, then fold it in half to keep the strip folded.
Roll the strip around the floral wire, gluing a little bit at a time.
When you’re done it will look like the picture below.
Poke a hole in the calyx and slip it onto the wire stem, then glue.
Roll the ends of the leaves around the stem to secure.
Look out for more flower tutorials to come – like I said, I’ve made a bunch of these!