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Crocuses are the first wildflower to brighten up the pastures around my yard, and are one of my favourite flowers.  The soft purple petals poking out of the grass are a sure sign that Spring is here.  I haven't seen any yet this year, but the kids and I check the back yard daily.  In the meantime, I wanted to create a felt bouquet of these purple beauties for the windowsill in my workroom.

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I set up this Invitation to Create for me and Yummy.  (Ignore the spool of wire -we tried using that to attach the felt to the dowels, but quickly switched to hot glue -soooo much easier).  I set out Yummy's favourite colours (pink, blue, and yellow), in addition to the purple I would use for the crocuses.

Felt Crocus Bouquet: Tutorial
You will need: 
  • Felt (purple, yellow, green)
  • Dowels (I got a package of 12" dowels at the dollar store and cut them in half for my flowers)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue
  • Vase (I used some spice jars that I found at a thrift shop -the lids were super nasty, so I threw them away and kept the little jars for small vases)
Yummy's Bouquet
Yummy got to work cutting felt with her little sewing scissors.  She decided to use a pink pipe cleaner as a stem at one point.  I helped with some of the cutting (rounded petals for a pink rose, pointed ones for a crocus) and did the hot glueing to avoid burnt little fingers.  
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I saw the idea for a handprint lily brooch over at wild olive and thought it would be fun to do the same with the kids' handprints as a Mother's Day gift for the grandmas.  

As you can see below, I just added a dowel for the stem while I was hot glueing and rolling up the felt.

Yummy chose her favourite colours for her three prints and I chose a bright blue and a bright pink for Dooter's to compliment the others.  I like how the two different hand sizes add some variety to the bouquet! 

jcwittig
4/26/2016 10:13:10 am

What is the width of the strips that you need to cut?

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