July 13, 2016
It’s Wedding Wednesday and it’s also the third day in our fabulous new felt flower week! I don’t know about you but I think that dahlia’s are the new peony. These romantic blooms are full of texture and color… and they translated beautifully into felt. Just like the protea, this dahlia pattern is a bit involved but totally worth every second!
In talking about handmade flowers – I’m singing the praises of felt. Unlike paper, felt flowers are thick, sturdy and can withstand all that your wedding day could possibly throw at them. Paper can rip and crumple in a flash – but not felt! There is something so old-school crafty about felt… and I just love it. So without further ado, here is this weeks third felt flower design – the delightful dahlia.
- Wool Felt (shown in burgundy and olive)
- Good Scissors
- Floral Wire (18-20 gauge)
- Wire Cutters
- Hot Glue Gun (that does low heat)
You’ll be able to make one flower and one bud with: a 9″ x 12″ piece of felt. And you’ll need about a 4″ x 6″ sheet for the the leaves. Keep in mind, you can make these flowers ANY size you like!
Cut Your Felt Petals
Below is a chart of all the felt petals you’ll need to cut out for this flower. You can gather the sizing from the ruler shown, but just know that you can create these petals in ANY size you’d like. The larger your petals the larger the flower and vise versa!
– 1x rectangular flower center
– 40x teardrop shape petals
– 1x circular flower base
– 2x leaves
– 1x six point petal
– 2x five point leaves
Create The Flower Center
Glue a floral wire to the end of your rectangular center petal. Then wrap + glue to form the perfect flower center! Using a glue gun that can do “low heat” like this one from Martha Stewart is a MUST for not burning your fingers!
Make The Petals
This part takes the longest. Glue and pinch the wide end of each tear drop shaped petal to give each one the volume this flower has in nature. Do this to all 40 petals.
Assemble The Flower
Moving around the flower center evenly, adhere all 40 petals. Being mindful to add them evenly, filling in gaps here and there… until every petal is attached.
Add The Flower Base + Leaves
Glue the circular flower base onto the underside of the flower to finish the design and hide all that hot glue work. Then add a leaf or two… and you’re done!
Assemble the Bud
Glue the six-pointed petal together around a floral wire, to form the bud shape. Then add the two five-pointed leaves… and you’re done!
What cuties! You can easily use both the dahlia buds and flowers to make boutonnieres that will perfectly match your wedding bouquet… which one is your favorite?
Felt Flower Patterns + Projects:
Visit this link to find the many other felt flower patterns that I’ve shared… and keep checking back this week to find more!
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DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Carreiro of Something Turquoise // All Felt courtesy of: Benzie Design on Etsy // Scissors: Fiskars // Floral Wire: all over; Amazon, Michaels, JoAnn // Glue Gun: Martha Stewart // Wire Cutters: Amazon // Nail Polish: OPI – Withstands the Test of Thyme
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