Though we’re still rocking highs of 85 degrees in Florida, though leaves are still green and flip flops are still the footwear of choice, I’ve decided…it’s time…TO FALL-IFY.
I wouldn’t consider myself a “wreath girl,” but a little while back, I had come across a winter wreath on Pinterest by Colour Her Hope that had me inspired. So, I decided to take on fall colors for my version and try my hand at the popular felt flower method.
Three words to describe this project: easy, fun, and carpel-tunnel (I don’t think I could make these for a living because my hands would fall off from all the tight twisting and glue gun burns, but one is just fine!).
Here’s a tutorial, so you can whip up your own:
- Felt in your colors of choice! Felt sells for $2.99 / yard at Jo-Ann’s. I used about half a yard of each color.
- A wreath! They’re all over craft stores these days for about $2.99.
- Wreath hanger or ribbon for hanging your wreath. I used burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby, on sale for $4.99 for 3o feet (that’s a lot of wreaths).
- Fabric scissors and a glue gun.
STEP 1: Cut your fabric into circles of all sizes. Little ones, big ones. No need to make them perfect circles either. In fact, I think that slightly irregular circles make for more unique flowers. To make smaller flowers (as pictured below), I cut my circles with approximately a 4″ diameter.
STEP 2: Then, working your way from the outside-in, cut a spiral. Start thinner and gradually increase the thickness of your spiral as you near the center. This will cause the petals on the outside to be taller than the ones in the middle. You can even experiment with wavy lines for a different looking flower. Rachel from Lines Across has a helpful tutorial with different cutting methods here.
STEP 3: Starting on the outside and working your way in, roll your felt to create the flower shape. The outside edge will become the top of the flower and the inside edge will become the bottom. Roll tightly, especially at the beginning; you may want to loosen up a bit near the end.
Just so you can better understand how the flower will form, here are images of the top and bottom of your flower in the midst of rolling. Note that the bottom remains flat while the top is uneven to give the impression of petals. Click on them for close-ups.
STEP 4: Once you get to the end, you’ll end up with this little “tail” that will act as the base of your flower. Squeeze a big gob of hot glue on the bottom and then place your tail on top of the glue to seal everything all up. If your tail is bigger than your base, simply trim the excess with scissors.
And flip ’em over to reveal your sweet little felt flowers:
STEP 5: After you make a plethora of felt flowers of all sizes, you can arrange them on your wreath and adhere them with hot glue.
STEP 6: Hang your wreath up for the world to enjoy using a wreath hanger or ribbon. I agree with Lindsay at Makely School for Girls that most wreath hangers cause your wreath to hang too high on your door, so I adopted her method of wreath-hanging, which is to tack the two ends of your ribbon to the top of the door using a small nail. Easy.
We’re renters, so there’s not a whole lot we can do with the paint on the front door and exterior of the house (please ignore the chipping paint!), BUT I do think this wreath makes our home a little more inviting than it was before.
I was worried the red felt wouldn’t read well on the red door, but I actually really like that they coordinate. And I didn’t even plan this, but my new noVae shirt matches my fall-ified felt flower wreath:
And just because they were so easy, I rolled a few more flowers, glued them onto hair clips, and had instant hair accessories. DIY stocking stuffers, anyone?
Stay tuned for Part II of Fall-ify Florida!
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