Thursday, December 16, 2010

DIY Felt Poinsettias

I can't explain my current obsession with felt, maybe it's some connection to some obscure childhood memory, I'm not sure, at any rate, felt is a fun medium, not to mention inexpensive! Earlier this Summer, I embellished a handbag with flowers and believe it or not tried making some poinsettias then while I was in felt mode. They are super easy to make, and you can make them any size you want. I used felt yardage, but you can use the sheets of felt too. I think a pillow would be great or make tiny ones for a napkin ring, or use white felt instead, anything goes, so many ideas!

Here's what you'll need:
Red Felt (or white)
Hot Glue Gun (or if you have patience, felt glue)
Scissors
Clothes Pin
Bottle Cap, or any other creative object for the center


Begin cutting felt rectangles in approximately three different sizes. My leaves started at about 2 inches down to 1 inch. Don't get technical here, unless you want to, I didn't really measure, and I didn't have a pattern, I just started cutting leaves out, there is no need to be perfect.

Rectangles seem to offer the least waste, basically cut off the corners.
Depending on the size you are creating, you need a base to glue the leaves on to. I cut about a 3 inch circle as a base. Start gluing on the largest leaves. I used a glue gun, which is a nightmare, felt and hot glue are not a happy couple, but if you can get over the glue strings, you can make it through. Felt glue is another option, but then you have to wait. for. it. to. dry.

Continue gluing a second layer of leaves on...

...until you reached the center and used your three sizes up. Again, this is not perfect, nor should it be, poinsettias in nature are not perfect, so neither should the felt ones be. Feel free to double up, or glue into spots that might feel empty, just cut some extra pieces.

For the center of the poinsettia, you can get creative, I used a bottle cap, spray painted white, but beads, or a jingle bell would look cute too.

Finally, I glued a clothes pin on the back to make it super simple to clip anywhere. They would look great on a package or clipped on a tree too, but I like them on the stockings.
So cute!



Thanks for stopping by! I think this will be my last project of the season! I can't believe it! I hope your Christmas Season is going well and you are staying warm! This weekend, I'll show you what I did with some of my stumps on the front porch.

16 comments:

  1. Such a clever idea. Felt is ever so much fun.Thanks for sharing.

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  2. So love this wonderful creation, Michelle. That is something simple I could do ... TY for sharing.
    Have a lovely winter's day ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  3. Oh that is so cute!!! I need to make some of these right now.

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  4. Oh GORGEOUS!! I love it!! Thanks for linking up!!

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  5. Oh how I love these! So elegant yet fun. Love the clip in the back and the bottle cap center.

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I was hoping you'd share directions..can't wait to make some..at some point :)

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  7. What a wonderful decoration--I love the bottle cap center of the poinsettia!

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  8. I do love this idea! I may not make any more Christmas projects this season either. But I'm going to earmark this one! Merry Christmas!
    Brenda

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  9. Very pretty. Thank you for sharing the how-to.

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  10. I love that you did this w/o sewing! Awesome!

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  11. Lovely, I think the white ones would be so pretty and they'd go good in my neutral Christmas decor! Thanks for the tutorial... off to my craft room now! LOL!

    Tania

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  12. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
    -Dana Jean

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