I just love the simplicity and charm of a beautiful felt eucalyptus stem. Plus there are so many ways to incorporate it into your crafting. They are gorgeous used to fill out a felt flower bouquet like you’ll see below. But you could also wind them together to form a wreath or garland. This DIY is very easy to make and you could have a dozen beautiful stems done in an afternoon!
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As I was researching for this post, I discovered there are many different kinds of eucalyptus! These stems are technically a Baby Blue Eucalyptus. (I can’t figure out why though, since their colouring isn’t actually baby blue. lol)
I designed this DIY felt eucalyptus pattern to accompany this adorable cosmos flower. Both are free patterns. You can sign up below to have them sent to your inbox.
How to Make Felt Eucalyptus Leaves
For one eucalyptus stem, you will need:
Blue-green felt – 6″x7″
20 gauge floral wire – cut to 12″
White chalk (not sidewalk chalk, chalkboard chalk.)
Small craft paintbrush (inexpensive)
Hot glue gun
Quilter’s Freezer Paper (optional) & iron
Pattern – Get it below
It’s important to always use a good quality felt for your florals. Either 100% wool or a wool/rayon blend. NEVER use acrylic craft felt. You won’t get the results you are looking for.
Good felt can be hard to find locally, this is my favourite online shop for purchasing felt supplies. They have everything you need from blend felt to wool felt and felt balls.
How to Cut Out Eucalyptus Leaves
I’ve discovered that the easiest way to cut out leaves or flower petals, especially when they are all the same colour, is to use quilter’s freezer paper.
It comes in standard 8.5″x11″ sheets so it will fit in a regular printer.
Simply print your pattern on the non-shiny side of the paper. Turn off the steam on your iron and iron the paper onto your felt for about 5-6 seconds.
Cut out your pattern pieces through the paper and felt simultaneously. Peel the paper off the felt! Easy peasy!
(Of course this is optional, you can also just pin the paper pattern pieces to your felt and cut around them.)
You will need 5 small leaves, 5 medium leaves and 4 large leaves.
The eucalyptus and cosmos flower patterns are bundled together so you only have to sign up once. Find the sign-up box at the bottom of this post!
Easy Felt Eucalyptus DIY
Next, take your white chalk and draw/colour some lines onto all but 1 of the smallest leaves.
Note: If you’re using a fresh piece of chalk, don’t use the sharp edges. Dull the edges on a piece of scrap first so that you get nice soft chalk lines.
Then use a dry craft paintbrush to soften the chalk lines even more. ‘Paint’ over all the chalk lines, rubbing them into the felt. Any old craft paintbrush will do, use what you’ve got!
If you’re looking for more felt foliage options, check out this new Dusty Miller free pattern & tutorial!
How to Assemble Felt Eucalyptus
Take the small leaf that you didn’t chalk and snip a tiny hole in the center of it.
Slide it onto the end of your floral wire, apply a generous amount of glue and sandwich it closed around the end of the wire.
Snip tiny slits into the centers of all the remaining leaves.
With the chalked side facing upwards, slide a small petal up the wire.
Apply a dot of glue to one side of the slit, and pinch the leaf in half, on to the wire. Position it it about 1/2″ down from the top leaf.
Repeat with the remaining 3 small leaves. Then do the same with the 5 medium sized leaves followed by the 4 large leaves.
Position your leaves so that they are not all lined up perfectly. Rotate each one slightly so you have a more dimensionally interesting eucalyptus stem.
If you choose to place your leaves closer together, that’s totally fine! You may also prefer to add more or less leaves depending on what you plan to do with the finished stem.
Once all your leaves are in place, take your paintbrush and rub it against the chalk lines again. Just to soften them up more and make the eucalyptus more realistic.
Here I added them into a little arrangement with the free felt cosmos flowers from this post. Aren’t they cute?!
And here, the felt eucalyptus stems are the loveliest filler for a large felt floral bouquet. You can find the patterns for the felt rose, ranunculus and gazania flowers here individually or as a bundle. 🙂
What will you use your felt eucalyptus stems for? I’d love to see pictures of what you create!
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