These DIY Red White And Blue Felt Flowers are sooo easy to make and are great to use as hair accessories, brooches and to decorate your home. Perfect for Koningsdag or 4th of July celebrations!
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It’s nearly that time of year again! Koningsdag! (Kingsday) and of course, this is the perfect opportunity to get the creative juices flowing and come up with something that is both festive and patriotic.
These cute Red White & Blue Felt Flowers definitely fit the bill!
And what’s great about these little beauties is that it is not only the colours of the Dutch Flag but the British and American too!
You don’t even need any real sewing skills to make them, you only need to sew the beads in the middle and the rest is done with a glue gun.
Red White And Blue Felt Flowers
- Red & Blue Felt
- Small white pearlised beads
- Florist wire
- Scissors (make sure they are sharp and cut well)
- Tape Measure
- Hot Glue Gun
- Pins or hairclips (if you are turning them into brooches and hair accessories like me)
1. Cut Out Stips of Felt
To start with, cut out 7 strips of felt (2 x 3.5 cm, 2 x 2.5cm, 1 x 2cm, 1 x 1.5cm and 1 x 1cm) These sizes are just a rough guide just adjust them if you want bigger or smaller flowers.
2. Cut Out Petal Shapes
Cut the strips of felt into rectangles. It helps if you keep these sorted by size.
Next, trim one end of the rectangle into a petal shape. I didn’t use a template for mine as I think it’s ok if they all look a little bit random – after all, that’s how it is with real flowers.
Start about halfway up, and cut a curved line on both sides so you get a point in the middle (see the image below).
3. Make The Centre Of The Flower
Take one of the smallest petal shapes and using your hot glue gun, glue it onto a small length of florist wire and squeeze it so that it closes around the wire.
Now glue 4 more of the smallest petal shapes around the central bud.
Repeat, using 1 size bigger petal for each layer (you can add more than 4 of each size if you want – have a play and see what looks right)
Once your flower starts to get a bit bigger you can slide the flower head off the wire and carry on working further without it (I found that using the piece of wire made it easier to start the flower off).
You can also keep the wire in place if you want your flower to sit on a stem but I removed mine as I didn’t need it.
As the petals get bigger you will need to pinch it like in the image shown above to get it to sit right.
To tidy my flowers up and secure them further I glued a circle of felt to the bottom of the flower.
4. The Finishing Touches
To create the white centre, I sewed a handful of white pearlised tiny beads into the middle.
I actually started doing them individually but that was taking far too long. So after sewing the first few individual beads I then started adding 4 or 5 at a time on the thread before sewing them into place. This was much quicker!
And last but not least, because I was using mine as hair accessories for the girls, I glued these clever little clips to the back of the felt flower. I really like these because they have a crocodile clip that stays well in the girl’s hair and they also have a pin so they can also use them as brooches.
You can buy these clips here; Dual Brooch Pin Pad Back with Hair Clip
I must say, I have really enjoyed making these flowers. I wasn’t too precious about them and didn’t pay too much attention to having perfect sized petals or using the exact same number of petals for each layer. It was all quite random.
And for my first attempt, I was pretty pleased with the results. What do you think? If you liked this idea, I would really love it if you would share it on Pinterest or on your social media for me – this would be truly appreciated! 😉
Would you like to find more easy-budget craft ideas? You can find more simple and stylish ideas in the DIY & Craft section of the blog.