Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to Make Felt Flowers on Stems for Bouquets


Tired of flowers that wilt before you've enjoyed them? Looking for a cheap alternative wedding bouquet or a bunch of flowers that perfectly matches your decor? Make these! Seriously. They're fun to make, people ooh and aah over them, and they never die. I did this to make my wedding bouquets, and I'm not even going to be modest: I love them. A lot of people have asked how I attached the stems to the flowers, so I'm sharing step by step instructions here. I know there are lots of DIY felt flower instructions online, but I couldn't find my method for attaching stems anywhere else, so I figured it was worth sharing.


You'll need:
felt
scissors
wine (optional!)
pre-cut floral stems
small roundnose pliers
glue gun and glue sticks
the straight, sharp tool in a pick set (this is the secret weapon!)

First, let's make flowers! 

1. Cut a circle the size of a dinner plate out of felt. Easy, right?

2. Cut a spiral into the felt. When you're done, it should look like a snail shell. Take an optional sip of that optional wine.

3. Cut a scalloped shape along the outer edge of your spiral. These will be your rose petals. Don't worry about making them identical. It looks more natural when there is some variation in the petal shapes.

4. Roll up your spiral from the outside in, gluing along the bottom edge as you work to hold the flower together. I like to squeeze out a 3 - 4 inch line of glue, roll, and continue. Picture 4 shows the beginning of the process.

5. Keep going! In picture 5, the rose is about halfway finished.

6. When you come to the end of the spiral, the underside of your rose should look like this. You'll have a rose with a round flap at the end. This is a good time for an optional wine break.

7. Cover the underside of the rose with hot glue. You're almost finished.

8. Press the round flap into the glue to hold your rose together. Good job!
That's pretty, but you're not done yet. Do you need a refill? Okay, go pour more wine. Now let's attach the stem.

1. Assemble your supplies. You'll need a felt rose, small roundnose pliers, a pre-cut floral stem, a glue gun, scissors, and some felt scraps.

2. Grasp the end of the floral stem with pliers and bend the end of the stem into a circle.

3. This is the special step that makes these flowers so much easier than all the similar projects I've seen online. Are you ready? Check it out: Take the sharp, pointy tool and poke a hole through the center of the rose. And don't stab yourself. Hint: This step does NOT work well if the glue you used to glue the rose together is still warm and gooey. Take a wine break. Wait until the rose cools.

4. Now slide the wire through the hole. The round, bent end of the wire should hold it in place.

5. It should look like this. It ain't pretty, but that wire isn't going to fall through the end of the rose.

6. Let's make it pretty! Take a scrap of felt and cut it into a 2 inch long strip. Squeeze a thin line of glue down its length.

7. Roll it up into a cute little felt Cinnabon, like so.

8. Glue the little felt roll into the center of the rose to cover the ugly wire. God job, you're done! Gee whiz, that's pretty.

Here's where it gets really fun: You can use these instructions to add stems to all kinds of felt flowers, not just roses. Craft Snob's felt flower tutorials are some of my favorites. I especially like her felt chrysanthemums. I got crazy and designed some of my own felt flowers, and then used this stem attaching method to make the bouquet you see here.


I know you're probably thinking Um, Jen, no offense but I'm not so sure about that crazy pokey tool. Just trust me! If you plan to make a lot of flowers (like, enough for a whole bouquet), the tool makes the work so much simpler. And it makes the roses look much more professional and streamlined, with no weird bumpy places on the outside of the flower where the stem is attached with glue, floral tape, and who knows what else. I'm really glad I invested in this tool stole this weird little thing out of Keith's toolbox.

I hope these instructions helped you. Now I need your help! Please let me know if anything you see here doesn't make sense. Even if you're just browsing the instructions and not actually making any flowers, I appreciate your input. I'm teaching a class on this at my library in August, and I'm a little nervous about it. Your feedback will help make the class better.

8 comments:

  1. How lovely... and a great tutorial! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you like.

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  2. Wow, such a great tutorial, I thought it would be harder to do these things..I have to try this asap!

    Have an amazing week,
    Mary x

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  3. Hi!! Wow that looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing at Thank You Honey’s Whatever Wednesday Party! Hope to see you at this weeks party!!

    Cheers!

    Sarah

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  4. Hello & thanks so much for sharing I am hoping to make a suitable bouquet for my wedding!!

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    1. I'm so glad it helped! I ended up making all my wedding bouquets this way, and they turned out beautifully. A word of caution, though: 8 bouquets took about 60 hours of work. It's not a last-minute project. Good luck, and I'd love to see pictures of your finished bouquet.

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  5. Thank you - this is one of the most helpful, and fun tutorials I've come across. I've rashly agreed to make a bouquet for a friend for her wedding - so thought I better get some inspriation - you've certainly made me feel much more confident - and I'll certainly enjoy the wine more along the way now!

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