I remember the first time I went onto Pinterest when it just began and began searching for items I liked. One of the very first images I saw was a beautiful yarn wreath and I couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was! I was hooked. Fast forward like 4 years, and I now I probably a dozen different yarn wreaths I have made, some of them are ones I keep up all year long and others are seasonal. One of the main components of a yarn wreath is what you decorate it with, and one of the most common things to use is a felt flower. There are oodles of different kinds of flowers you can make, and today I want to share 4 simple felt flower tutorials that you can use to get you started on your love of felt flowers!
These are the four most basic and easy types of flowers to make, in my opinion. I will share more types in future posts, hipping to learn some new types in the process! Each of these types of flowers are made only with a piece of felt, some scissors and hot glue. You can use a larger felt piece for a larger flower and a smaller felt piece for a smaller flower. I like to vary the sizes I make for my wreaths, but you can decide what’s best for you!
The Rolled Felt Flower
This is the first kind of flower I learned to make. It’s very easy to make one of these and can be made in any size and color, obviously. Here’s how you make it:
1.Cut a circle out of felt. You can trace something, or free hand it, it really doesn’t matter. The larger your circle, the larger your flower will be.
2.Start cutting your circle in a spiral, starting from the outer edge and going around and around until you have one long piece, being sure to leave a little “circle” of felt at the end. That will end of being the bottom part of your flower.
3.Now the fun part! Put a little hot glue on the skinny end and begin rolling a little, then gluing, then rolling more and gluing more, turning your flower into it’s shape. I like to glue, roll, roll, glue, roll, roll and so on. You don’t have to glue every little piece, but don’t roll too much without gluing, or else your flower may fall apart.
4.When you get to the end, you will want to glue the little circle part onto the bottom to finish your flower.
Voila! Here is your finished flower! Pretty easy, right?
Rosette Style Rolled Flower
This flower is made the exact same way as the first flower, but instead of cutting your spiral straight, you cut it in waves so it has a bumpy appearance. When you finish rolling this flower, it will have a “rosette” feel to it.
The more exaggerated your waves are, the more you will see them as you roll it. I like how these look next to the regular rolled felt flowers.
Looped Felt Mum
This flower is even easier to make than the first one, if you can believe it!
1.Cut a long straight piece of felt at least two inches wide. The longer your felt is, the larger the flower will be.
2.Glue the felt in half, looping it over and closing it with the glue.
3.Make small cuts on the folded edge all along the felt, being sure not to cut it all of the way through.
4.Then, just like the rolled felt flower, begin to roll it closed, gluing ti along of the way. For this flower, I like to glue all the way across, since it is much thicker and harder to stay closed if not glued.
This flower was made with a 2 in thick by 12 in long piece. It is a small and tight flower.
This flower was made the exact same way, but with a 4 in x 20 in piece, so you can see how much larger is it! Let the final look you want for your wreath determine the size of your felt.
Straight Felt Mum
This flower is made almost the same way as the looped felt mum, except instead of looping the felt piece over and gluing it closed, you just fold it and glue it on the inside seam, so when you make the cuts (see image #3) they are straight, and not folded, kind of like an old fashioned mop head!
When it’s finished, you get a flower that really does look a little like a mop head! I made one flower with a thicker piece, and I thought the flower was too “long”, if you know what I mean, I think that an inch a great length for this kind of flower.
You can see how beautifully these different types of flowers look together! It’s just a matter of picking the right colors that work for you. each flower just takes a few minutes to make too, and you’ll love each of them. These would be beautiful on a wreath, a headband or any DIY piece!