Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Project: Felt Flower on Canvas

If you have seen my inspiration page for my daughter's toddler room, you can see I am very much into the chevron pattern right now. I've seen some beautiful felt flowers on chevron canvas on Pinterest and Etsy, and I thought it looked like something I could make myself. So I did, and it turned out great!

What I had to do though is come up with the how-to part myself, as I could not find anyone else's instructions ANYWHERE. So...here are very detailed instructions on how to create a felt flower to be displayed on canvas.


Felt Flower on Canvas



Materials:
  • Canvas for mounting (see instructions here for a Chevron Canvas, Striped Canvas, and a Polka Dot Canvas)
  • Felt in color of choice
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pencil
Instructions:

1. Create a template for the flower petals using a sheet of paper and pencil. For my design, I used a template shaped like a house, in three different sizes. (Click here for the template .pdf.)

2. Cut the templates out, and trace the templates onto your felt using a pencil. The mark of the pencil is likely to not be so dark on this type of material, but the scrape will leave a mark on the felt that will be easily noticeable as you are cutting out the petals. I cut out 10 petals of the largest size, 19 of the next size down, and 9 petals of the smallest size.

3. First I hot glued the 10 largest petals. I put some glue at the bottom center of each piece and folded it in half.

4. Once dry (doesn't take long - by the time you finish #10, #1 will be dry), pinch the spot where you put the glue, and fold back the outside edges of the petal. Hot glue the two edges of the other side of the petal to glue the petal to the canvas.

5. Glue 5 of the largest size petals onto your canvas in the pattern shown below.

6. Glue the other 5 of the remaining largest petals onto the canvas in between each of the first five petals.

7. Glue the 19 petals of the middle size the same way as in step #3, and then also pinch the glued spot, peel back the folded petal, and turn over, gluing the two outside edges of the petal.

8. Glue 7 of the middle size petals onto your flower, placing them closer into the center of the canvas as shown.

9. Glue another 7 between each of the first 7 middle size petals as shown below.

10. For the remaining 5 middle size petals, glue them down the same way, but upside down, and slightly closer into the center of the canvas. This will create a bit of a three-dimensional look that will help support the center of the flower.

11. For the smallest size petals, glue 5 of them like you did the larger sizes. Then place them even further in than the previous rows upside down, in between the lower petals where possible.


12. You will use the 4 remaining petals for the center of the flower. Fold two of the four petals and glue like the larger sizes. Snip a lower corner off of one of these two petals as shown in the picture.


13. Wrap the non-snipped glued petal around the snipped glued petal. Glue at the bottom.


14. Wrap the third petal around the two glued petals. Glue at the bottom.


15. Wrap the fourth petal around the three other petals. Glue at the bottom. Then glue the petal bunch into the center of the flower and you are done!







Let me know how yours turned out!

Can't get enough canvas art? Here are some others I just finished.

12 comments:

  1. can you tell me what sizes the templates are?

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    1. Sure! The largest is 4" x 4", the medium is 3" x 3.5" wide, and the smallest is 2" x 2.5" wide

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    2. Can you send the link for the printable template?!?

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    3. Hi Danielle! I attached it within the directions. Does that work for you?

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  2. Can you send the printable template by email?

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    1. Hi Karri - thanks for checking out the blog. I just attached the printable template within the instructions above. Does that work? Let me know!

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  3. Can you tell me what size your canvas was?

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Yes - the canvas size used in the example was 12" x 12".
      Hope that helps!

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  4. Do you know how many pieces of felt you bought?

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    1. Hi Sonya,
      I do remember that I bought more than I needed! (I used some for the flower balls I also made for my daughter's room.) I do know that I bought the 8.5"x11" felt sheets from Michael's Craft Store. I would guestimate that I used about 7 sheets of felt.

      Hope that helps!

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  5. I love how easy and detail your instructions were.. I did this project and I am very please in how it came out.. I posted your link on my blog hope that is ok.. thank you so much for your tutorial..
    http://thefelicianojourney.com/

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  6. Hi there! thank u so very much for sharing so much info about this project! I'd seen this type of craft so much on pinterest and it drove me mad that i couldn't find a tutorial for it. So really appreciate your effort and willingness to share <3... Its currently hanging on one of the walls of my room and really gives the whole place a lovely vibe. So thanks again! :*

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