Ready for spring? Yeah, me too. I have become a bit addicted to making flowers with felt after the recent success of the felt roses my daughter wore to school. I am making these for birthday party favors for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party, in lieu of goody bags. I mean, shouldn’t a “goody bag” be filled with something good and not a bunch of cheap plastic crap and some candy. These are super easy and inexpensive to make and they look adorable clipped in hair or on a shirt as well.
Here is what you will need:
- Felt in assorted colors ( The flowers above are done in hot pink, dark pink, purples, cream, orange and turquoise)
- Beads or buttons
- Scissors or pinking shears
- Hot glue
- Hair clips ( I like Con-air salon clips from CVS)
Felt and beads available at AC Moore or Michaels
Step 1: Cut one circle about 2 3/4″- 3″ in diameter and a smaller one in a different color about 2″ wide ( I traced the top of a jar with chalk)
Step 2: Draw five equal pie shapes on the circle as shown above
Step 3: cut the petal shapes on both the small and large circles. They do not have to be perfect or even. Felt is very forgiving.
Step 4: Put the smaller flower on top of the bigger one so the petals are a bit staggered. Sew the bead or buttons in place.
Step 5: Cut a small felt circle. Clip the barrette to the circle. Now hot glue either side of the circle to the back of the flower. MAKE SURE THE BARRETTE OPENS THE CORRECT WAY BEFORE GLUEING.
FOR LEAF-cut a leaf shape out and hot glue it to the back of the flower.
FOR “DOGWOOD” FLOWER-cut five petals for the back piece and four for the front.
FOR ROUND BUTTON BACKING-cut a contrasting color circle with pinking shears or regular scissors and put it behind the button.
Here is a great alternative to making your own flowers (as well as my favorite birthday gift for little girls). My friend and very talented artist Jill Zalaski made two daisy clips for me from an old broken enamel pin that was my mother’s. I gave one to my niece and one to my daughter as an heirloom birthday present (they come in gorgeous hand sewn bags with hot pink ribbon). The blue flower is one of MANY pieces Jill has created for me. It was made from an old widowed earring that belonged to my grandmother. So go through your random jewelry drawer and dig out your old broken things you cannot part with and find out what she can do with them. I am a fairly creative person and she floors me every time with her designs. Oh, and she is very reasonably priced!
Questions? Just Ask Holly in comments.