Calla Lilies have to be one of the most elegant flowers. They are simple and unassuming and drop dead gorgeous. And if you make them out of felt, they will last forever! I made a whole bouquet of them, since I just love them and I couldn’t stop myself. What can I say, I’m a compulsive crafter! So I hope you enjoy this DIY felt flower tutorial, it comes with a free pattern!
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This post originally appeared on my other website, Wildflower Felt Designs. But it’s totally my own design and creation, I didn’t steal it! Just in case you see it floating around Pinterest with a different url or something. 🙂
The tutorial is simple, however it may take a couple of attempts in order to master it. I recommend starting with a scrap colour to test it out first.
I developed the pattern around these Wilton stamens that I stumbled on by accident one day. They are actually for cake decorating (although they are NOT edible). But when I spotted them I knew they’d be perfect for making felt flowers!
What You’ll Need
18 Gauge Floral Wire (9″-10″ lengths)
White Felt Sheet – (I used this felt in colour Parchment)
Green Felt Sheet
Wilton Flower Stamens
Hot Glue Gun – I recommend this Surebonder
Printed Pattern – Grab it here
Freezer Paper (optional)
(Check out this page for more recommendations of products that work great with felt!)
This pack of stamens actually comes in 3 colours, 10 stamen clusters of each colour. But by the time I took this picture I had already used all the yellow ones and cut open the pink ones. Lesson learned. Next time I’ll take a pic of the supplies before I’ve used them all!
DIY Felt Flower Tutorial
Cut out your pieces either by pinning the pattern on the felt or printing it on freezer paper and ironing it directly onto your felt.
Take note of the left (L) and right (R) sides of the petal and leaf pieces, it is important that they do not get reversed because the pattern pieces are not symmetrical.
A. Twist the stamen tops slightly so that they clump together rather than flop apart.
B. Wrap the bottom ends of the stamens around the wire to shape them into a twist.
C. Add a dab of hot glue to the stamens and re-wrap them around the wire. As the glue cools, use your fingers to tightly adhere the stamens to the wire.
D. Add a dab of glue to the petal piece where it is marked *1. Press the wire into the glue just below the ends of the stamens.
Wrap the Flower
This is the section that may take a little practice.
E. Add a curve of glue along the section marked *2.
F. Lightly wrap the right side of the petal around the stamens and hold in place until the glue is secure.
G. Add a curve of glue to the left bottom corner of the petal.
H. Gently wrap the left side of the petal around to the back of the flower. Hold in place until the glue is secure.
Add the Base and Leaf
I. Add a line of glue down the centre of the base piece.
J. Secure the base to the front of the flower, covering the very bottom of the petal by about 1/8″.
K. Wrap and glue the base around the petal and wire.
L. Add a dab of glue to the bottom centre of the leaf, attach it at the bottom of the base piece. Wrap the leaf around and glue the sides together.
Now repeat. I managed to get 8 flowers out of 1 sheet of 9″x12″ white felt. I needed 2 sheets of the green. It makes for a beautiful arrangement!
What do you think? Could you see yourself decorating every spare shelf with these beauties?! If you do make them, I’d love to see a picture!
Don’t forget to grab your pattern here!