Friday, May 13, 2011

Tiny Felt Flowers

A few weeks ago I started playing around with felt, trying to make tiny felt flowers.  I had a project in mind that needed small flowers and felt is my favorite, go-to, non-raveling, every-color-of-the-rainbow choice for embellishments.  A little snipping and hot-glue later...I had these little cuties:


These may have been done before but I didn't look for tutorials because...well, apparently I like to do things the hard way.  The only thing you need to make these teensy four-petal flowers are felt, glue (hot glue is my preference) and seed beeds (or glitter...or confetti...or whatever you embellishment you like for the center).

Start with cutting out four small petals - mine were about a 1/2 inch long and a 1/4 inch wide and one small felt circle (this is for the back - my circles ended up being a little bigger than a 1/4 across)  The petals should be flat on one end and rounded (petal shaped) on the other - yep, totally technical terms


To form the petals, put a tiny dot of glue at the end of the flat side of the petal


And immediately pinch the edges toghether to form a pleat


Let the glue dry.  If your using hot glue, this only takes a few seconds

Next, use your scissors to cut any excess off of the glued/pinched side of the petal.  We want the petal to begin as close to the pleat as possible.  So cut ALMOST to the edge of the glue - if you cut the glue completely off, you lose the pleat. 


Once you have your four little petals pinched and trimmed, you're ready to assemble

To assemble, put a dot of glue on your felt circle...


and push the pinched edges of each petal into the glue


Because hot glue dries so quickly, I did 2 petals at a time. I found it helpful to really squish the petals down into the glue





Now all that's left is to seed beed (or glitter, or confetti) the center.  Just squirt a dollop of glue at the center...


And sprinkle on the seed beeds.  I gently pressed the beeds down into the glue to ensure that they would stay on

(this one is a double layered flower - similar process just two sizes of petals)

Aaaaand your done.  I whipped out 20 of these little flowers assembly-style while watching a movie.  They're quick and so cute.  I'm making some more just to have a little stash for cards and quick embellishments.  Without doing a real calculation, I'm guessing these cost around 5 cents each - way cheaper than buying ready made ones!


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39 comments:

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

Those look very lovely! They would be perfect to accent or decorate pretty much anything!!!

Tanya said...

Those are so pretty and delicate looking.

Michelle said...

SO cute! I need lots of little flowers for my babies hair lately since she won't wear he headbands anymore! Thanks!

southernscraps said...

Cute! I've been on the lookout for a smaller flower!

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh, those are so teensy and adorable! Why is everything cuter when it's tiny? I love them!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

lisbonlioness said...

I make similar ones without glue, but I never thought of adding seedd beads. How clever!

Marilyn said...

So pretty - the color's pop and the fabric's amazing.. LOVE it.. Found you on Made By You Monday's and officially following ya.. LOVE your posts.. So creative.. I'm twirling in ideas.. Hope you can stop by sometime - Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com

Jill said...

Cute! Found you thru Made by You Monday :)

Jill @ JunkyVagabond

Lori@momsbyheart.net said...

Sweet! How many times did you burn your fingers on the glue? ;) Very worth it though!!!

Please stop by if you have time and link up on Momspiration Monday:
http://momsbyheart.net/2011/05/momspiration-monday-42.html

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

These are cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower. Come over to Greetings From the Asylum and follow me too!

Rebekah said...

Oh my goodness, they are so lovely!

Donna said...

how cute! great way to use up tiny scraps!

Kristy said...

OMG so tiny and cute!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

These are darling!!! I love how tiny they are. ;)
I am sharing this on my FB page - thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays!

Juli said...

So so cute!!! Thanks for sharing!! I'm going to try them as hair clips!! Thanks again! -Juli
www.ahenandherchicks.blogspot.com

anna said...

These are gorgeous! I also love the way your glue gun looks like a little pink bird in these pics. Beautifully clear tutorial - thank you so much for sharing it!

Daisie Hanson said...

These are adorable!

Binge Crafter said...

These are so cute! I know what I'm doing tomorrow! ;) Found you through Skip to My Lou linky.
Angela
bingecrafter.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

i love felt, so fun...thanks so much for sharing

Janelle said...

I love the double layer one, and they are cute!

Heart n Soul said...

wow...such delicate work ...nice to meet you via the blog hop :)

Heidi Kingery said...

These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Donene said...

So cute! I love tiny flowers and love the color!

Judy said...

I love this idea. I was trying to make felt flowers today and it wasn't working out. I'm going to try your way now. Very timely post for me. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

Love how tiny those are! So cute!

Paul and Celeste said...

These look great! A friend of mine just sent me a pin that, while bigger/with more petals, looks like your flowers, and I was wondering how she did it! Now I can make some myself! :)

Kelly @livingcraftilyeverafter said...

SO CUTE! Love the flowers and so simple to make!

I featured this on my blog today so come on by and check it out!

http://livingcraftilyeverafter.blogspot.com/2011/05/five-fabulous-finds-10.html

Kelly

Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

I love making flowers so these are being added to my to do list. Thanks for sharing!!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Those are seriously adorable! Now I just a little girl who can wear them in her hair because I don't think my boys will:)

At The Picket Fence said...

Those are darling! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

kluless said...

Those are just the sweetest little flowers - love them!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial on these cute flowers! And Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

EastCoastMommy said...

Cute! Saw you on Made by you Mondays.

I make felt flowers too. Check them out:

http://eastcoastmommyblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/double-duty-felt-flower.html

thedomesticlibrarian said...

Super cute! These would look great on a pillow.

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

These flowers are SO cute! Great job!

Carolyn said...

So adorable. I love tiny little things!

I would love for you to link these to my new linky party that I'm hosting. Hope to see you there!

http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspiration-board-link-party.html

Cindy Rippe said...

These would be really cute for napkin rings! Love em.

ArtinEntertaining.blogspot.com

Jenni said...

Wow this is amazing. I would love for you to come link up with the frog! http://kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com/2011/08/frog-blog-linky-10.html
The link with the most clicks get free advertising for a week.
Thanks,
Jenni

Cathy said...

Helpful and creative tutorial. Love to make it on a pink color folwers or a red one, eh. :)

Cheers,
Cathy@landau scrub

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