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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Felt Rose {On a Stem} Tutorial

I have to apologize ahead of time for the missing photos in the tutorial. I truly underestimate how difficult it is to work so inconsistently on a project with baby and life interruptions! I manage to actually hot glue a piece of felt to my leg while trying to attach the beginning of the flower to the wire while trying to see what little man was cruising quickly after. Along with the pictures I do have written descriptions so I hope the holes won't be painstakingly noticeable.

Felt is pretty prevalent here in Japan and comes in a wide range of gorgeous colors! I have been working with felt for a few years and just love it! It's such a low maintenance material. Lately I've been incredibly inspired by some gorgeous flower bouquets I have seen on the blog Style Me Pretty .

I'll be honest, the first thing I did was search the web for a tutorial on how to make felt roses and though I found some beautiful felt flower tutorials I did not find what I had in mind. I wanted my flowers to be on stems and actually resemble a rose.

The fabulous thing about flowers is that they are not perfect and no two look alike. Thank goodness!

Supplies:

  • 3 different shades of colored felt for the petals ( I used a bright pink, light pink, and peachy pink)
  • green felt for leaves
  • medium weight wire
  • hot glue gun and hot glue
  • twine 
  • cardboard 
  • scissors 
  • ruler
The rose is made up of three different colors of felt. The two inner layers are made from a 10cmx10cm square (with rounded corners) of felt . Cut a wide spiral into the square and then cut a wave into the spiral to mimic the different petals. 

With the third color of felt cut 5  wide teardrop shaped pieces for the outer petals (shown in second picture from the top). These are roughly 7cm tall.

Lastly, with the green felt cut 5 long teardrop pieces, about 6cm long, for the foliage. 

Some day I'll have a scanner and I'll be able to share templates with you all! Hoping to have one by the end of the year!

Glue the center of the spiral on to one end of the wire (bend end of wire down slightly before gluing). In the picture it shows a non-wave spiral being glued on to wire and that is because this multi-tasking mommy forgot about the wave... I cut the wave AFTER gluing.

The great part about gluing the felt around the wire is that there is no right or wrong way to do it! I played with the positioning of my felt until I got the look I was going for. Practice with pulling the felt tighter or more lose around the wire as well as higher and lower. 

Something else you can do which is a technique I used a lot was making one accordion fold every now and then so the layering of the petals fell nicely on one another (shown in the fifth photo from the top).

Once the first color is completely on the wire, attach the second color by gluing the center on the place where the first wrap finished. Continue attaching the second color around the wire like the first. 

The third color for the rose are the five teardrop petals. Evenly attach the petals around the twisted bud pointed end down. 

The green foliage is glued low onto the teardrop petals with the pointed end down (see last photo). 

The finishing touch is to hot glue the twine around the bottom quarter of the green leafs and then continue down the wire stem. 

I had so much fun with these and am very please with how they turned out! Next up will be some anemone flowers- my current absolute favorite! 

If you have any questions PLEASE do not hesitate to ask! And remember, flowers are all different. Each one of my roses look unique to itself but still a rose. 





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