After I made the poinsettias out of hot glue a couple weeks ago, I decided I wanted to try them with felt. I’d originally purchased a stack of felt to make some felt succulents (because I have a black thumb when it comes to plants!) but since it’s Christmas time, I decided to try these first, and I’m so glad I did!
These were super easy to make, and you don’t even need a template! The hardest part for me was deciding if each layer should have 5 or 6 petals. Haha! I wasted a lot of time looking at pictures – they will be beautifully handmade no matter what you choose so just go with your gut!
Simple supply list:
- Felt – red, green, cream // I made two large red and two small white poinsettias with two 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of each of the following colors:
- dark red
- dark green
- Hot glue gun or fabric glue
- if you use fabric glue, have some clothes pins or clips handy to hold the felt together until it dries
- Good scissors
- Red and/or white pom-poms or fake berries
Large Three Layer (red) Poinsettias:
This assumes you’re making two – adjust as needed!
For the bottom layer of six large petals I folded one sheet of dark red felt lengthwise (so it looks like it’s 4.25 x 11) then cut five strips about 2″ wide each.
The second sheet of dark red felt also folded length wise and cut one more strip 2″ wide, and 4 strips 1.5″ wide.
Take the 2″ wide strips and cut along the fold so you now have two separate rectangles of felt.
Fold the 1.5″ strips into thirds (like the white felt shown in the photo above) and cut along the folds so you have three separate rectangles of felt.
For the middle layer of petals, I folded a red piece of felt into thirds (so it looks like it’s 8.5 x 3.5ish) then cut 4 strips about 1.75″ wide. Cut each of these along the folds so you’ll have three pieces in each strip.
You should now have 12 pieces of rectangular felt for each of the three petal sizes.
The leaves are the same size as the largest petals. So just fold a green sheet lengthwise and cut 2″ strips, then cut each strip on the fold.
Now you can cut the shapes! I cut two pieces at a time and just free cut the shape of a petal/leaf from end to end. Cutting all these is the most tedious part of this project.
With the leftover red felt, I also cut two small 3″ diameter round pieces as the base to glue the petals.
It’s hot glue gun time! Arrange/glue 6 large petals onto the base. Then arrange/glue the second layer, and finally the layer of small petals.
Once the petals are glued together, I then flipped it over to add the leaves. I did glue the leaves to the bottom layer of petals, other wise they were very floppy and it helped to firm up the whole flower.
The final touch is adding the berries. I had originally purchased some pom-poms but then my mom pulled out some (fake) winter berry bushes made out of red and white beads. I just snipped three off for each flower, and they were perfect!
Two Layer (white) Poinsettias:
After making such big red poinsettias (truthfully, although I love them, they turned out much bigger than I had planned!) I wanted to see if I could make a smaller and less-flat version, and these slightly puffed out poinsettias were born!
To start, I folded a cream piece of felt lengthwise into thirds, then cut strips about 1.75″ wide. I then cut each strip along the folds giving me three pieces per strip.
After you have your stack of rectangles, cut the petal shapes! Again, I just cut them out without a template, making them as wide as possible.
Next up, I took one end of each petal and hot glued the sides together. This is where you would probably need some clothes pins or clip of some kind if you’re using fabric glue instead of hot glue, to keep the ends together until they dry.
As you can see from the above photo, I was having a hard time deciding on using 5 or 6 petals. I eventually decided on six (as you can see in the finished poinsettia photos) but forgot to take photos once I was on a roll! The process is the same though, no matter how many petals you choose.
These poinsettia petals take just a bit more arranging/gluing precision since you need to leave enough space at the center for the second layer of pinched-poinsettia-ends to fit into place.
I cut out circles of felt to act as a base, like the larger poinsettias, and glued the bottom layer of petals with their pinched-ends very slightly away from the center of the base circle. Make sure you’re gluing this layer with the scoops of the petals facing up!
Now for the fun second layer! In order to get the dimpled effect, just take each petal, hold the glued end, then pop the center up so that the ‘scoop’ is now facing down instead of up!
Now when you glue these petals into place (scoop side down!), their pinched-ends should fit snugly into the spaces left between the pinched-ends of the bottom layer. I hope you can see this in the below photo – I’m sorry I didn’t get closer shots. I may have to make a few more to take more photos — oh, darn. haha!
I cut the leaves out the same size as the larger poinsettias so I ended up overlapping them on the back, which I actually liked because it make the flowers very stable.
One more flip back over to add the red berries and you’re done!
Have you ever made anything out of felt before? If you tried these poinsettias, please let me know, I’d love to see them!