Felt Flowers Tutorial: Lavender That Lasts!
If you want to bring the beauty of flowers into your home, but don’t fancy a bouquet that will wilt in a week… then why not get crafty? This fantastic felt flowers tutorial by Becky Cole takes you step-by-step through how to create your own felt lavender that will make a stunning display… and last as long as you want it to!
Time to Make: 2-3 hours
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
You Will Need:
- 2 different colours of purple felt
- Green felt
- Green floristry wire (cut to approximately 21-22cm)
- Decorative ribbon
- 80cm jute twine
- Fabric scissors
- Tape measure
- Glue gun & glue sticks
- Wire snips
Step-by-Step Lavender Felt Flowers Tutorial:
Cut your felt into strips measuring 20cm x 1.5cm. Cut one strip for as many flowers as you wish to make. For this project I made 20 flowers, 10 in pale purple and 10 in dark purple.
Fold the strips in half lengthways and fix with a very small amount of hot glue.; if you use too much, you will find it harder to do the next few steps.
Using your embroidery scissors (make sure they are nice and sharp), snip along the folded edge of your strip. Snip every 2-3mm, snipping at least halfway through the strip, but taking care not to cut too far, thus cutting the strip in half. (If this does happen, you can just form the flower down the stem in multiple pieces.)
Apply a small amount of hot glue to one end of the strip and pinch it around the end of one of your floristry wire stems.
Apply a fine line of hot glue to the folded edge of the felt strip and start to wind the strip around the wire. You may find it easier to do a section at a time to avoid the glue setting at the ends too soon. Fix the end with a dab of hot glue to secure in place. Nature isn’t perfect, so don’t worry too much about being neat and precise with this! If you have flowers that are different in size etc. then the finished project will look more realistic.
Cut a small disc of green felt approximately 7-8mm in diameter. Again, don’t worry about being too neat and precise with this. Fold it in half and make a small snip in the centre of the fold to create a hole. Open up the disc and feed the wire stem through the hole. When the disc is at the base of the flower, fix in place with a small dab of hot glue.
Cut 2 small strips of green felt approximately 5cm x 0.5cm and trim one end of each into a point. Apply a small amount of hot glue to the bottom of one of the leaves and fix the wire stem to the leaf. Apply some glue in the same place to the second leaf, and sandwich the stem between the two glued leaves.
Fix the leaves between 12-15cm down the stem from the top of the flower. Again there is no need to be precise with this, as differing heights will add to the finished look.
Once you have made all of your flowers, gather them together ensuring a good mix of the two purples, positioning them so that the blooms and leaves are at slightly differing heights. Use a small length of floristry wire to secure the bunch together.
Take your ribbon and tie it over the wire tie at the base of the leaves. Fold the jute twine in half and fold this double length in the same place. Gather up the ribbon and twine together and tie in a bow. Trim the ends of the organza ribbon into points to prevent fraying and trim the twine to the same length.
To finish off our fabulous felt flower tutorial perfectly, we recommend you use wire snips to trim the floristry wire so that all the pieces sit at the same length below the ribbon, leaving the whole length of your flowers to approximately 20cm.
Now your beautiful felt lavender bouquet is complete, and ready to be put on display – add a few drops of lavender essential oil, and your guests will be none the wiser…!
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