Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Trumpet Flower Tutorial

There are so many felt crafts popping up in the blog world these days.  And why not?  Felt is inexpensive, versatile and comes in some great colors.  About a year and a half ago, I went crazy making felt food I made for Lydia's birthday.  Everything from Popsicles and Cookies to Sandwich Fixin's to Breakfast Foods and Pasta.  This was really my first adult introduction into working with felt and I had a blast.  And since felt is inexpensive, you don't have to feel too disappointed when a project doesn't turn out quite like you planned.

That's what happened with these Trumpet Flowers.  I had a thought in mind.  Even thought it was a pretty good plan.  That is until I had all my pieces cut out and started putting them together.  Then .... Ooops!  Not quite what I had in mind.  Still since it's felt, I kept working with it and ..... Surprise!  Trumpet Flower Pins were born.

Here's what you need to know:

2 sheets of felt in color of your choice
Scissors and hot glue
Pin back
Coordinating button

(Really?  Could the material list get any better?)

1. Cut 6 heart shapes of the same size from your felt.  Mine were about 2 inches.

2. Start gluing hearts together along the sides.

3. Glue 3 hearts together in one cone shape and the second set of hearts together in a second cone.  The tips of your hearts should come together at the bottom.

4. Flatten each heart and cut off the tip.  This is a choice of personal preference.  I didn't want mine to stick out so far so I flattened them down a little.  Cutting off the tip does this.  Be careful not to cut a tip bigger than will be covered by your button.  Cut just a little at a time.

5. Glue your two cones inside each other, staggering the petals.

 6. You may still have some what of a tip after stacking.  Flatten bottom and glue to secure.

 7. Glue on pin back and add a piece of coordinating felt to cover pin.

8. Glue button into center of your flower.

These Trumpet Flower Pins are so much fun.  They are great for adding a slash of color to your wardrobe without breaking the bank.  And since it's already June, it's never too early to start thinking Christmas.  These would be easy to make in a variety of colors and would be a beautiful gift or package topper.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

Amy said...

Wow you make it look so easy...

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