[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Two-tone felt Floral Crowns

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_Main-WEBLast month, I had signed up to Bethan and Michelle‘s springtime challenge where they encouraged bloggers around the world to join them in making floral crowns to officially mark the arrival of Spring. So, further to my post of my floral entry, I had promised to provide you guys with DIY tutorial on how to get the look. It really is simple to make and took me roughly 15 mins from start to finish! 

Here’s what you need:

  1. Crafting Felt
  2. Ribbons (these are courtesy of Jane Means Ribbons)
  3. Pen
  4. Scissors
  5. Circular Templates – I used a saucer and jam jar lid!
  6. Glue Gun

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INSTRUCTIONS:

[1.] Select two sheets of felt of your colour choice (preferably contrasting colours) and then trace round your circular template so that you are left with a guide to cut around.

[2.] Try and fit as many circles to avoid any wastage. If you are confident enough to do so, feel free to free hand draw these circles directly onto the felt sheets. I used two different sized templates so that the flowers vary in size ever so slightly.

[3.] Cut out all the circles of felt. Remember that two felt circles in contrasting/complimentary colours together make up one rose.

[4.] With each set of circles, start cutting about a centimetre in width, from the outside towards the centre…..in a spiral motion as seen here in the images.

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[5.] Now comes the slightly trickier bit but also the fun bit! :) Take the centre of the spiralled piece and tighly twist the felt around the centre so that it forms the shape of a flower bud. While you don’t have to be super neat with this stage, try and ensure that felt is still tightly wrapped around so to avoid it falling loose later. You may add bit of hot glue along the way to ensure it stays in place.

[6.] When you get to the end, add more glue to stick the ends down neatly. You will now see how the two colours add depth to the flowers.

[7.] Repeat this with all the cut circles to create all your flowers!

[8.] Next up, take some ribbon and roughly cut to size the amount you think you’ll need – make sure you have enough for it to cover right round your hear as well as allow for it to be tied up in a bow. I cut my green Jane Means stitched ribbon to roughly 1300mm (about 51 316 in) to accommodate all the flowers and allow for enough leeway for adjustment. Place the cut piece across your work surface and start glueing down your flower buds to the ribbon working from the centre out – this way, you are certain that the flowers are placed centrally on to your ribbon. The reverse side of the ribbon will look messy but don’t worry, you won’t see this at all!

[9.] You can even add a small dollop of glue between each flower for a more secure fixing however, don’t put too much as it will make the crown too stiff to bend around your head! Leave them to cool for a few minutes (making sure it’s not stuck to the work surface!!) and you now have yourself a funky felt flower crown!! :) MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_2-WEB

What do you think? Pretty easy right? And if I let you in on a secret…..the two tone-effect was completely unplanned! I was merely trying to speed up the cutting-out process by laying couple of sheets at time when I realised it actually works out to be quite effective by adding that extra bit of dimension to the flowers! So, through trial and error you never know what techniques you’ll come up with which is why these weekly DIY series of mine are her to encourage you all to just have a go with what you have and not worry about the limited resources!

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_7-WEBAnyway, I hope you enjoyed this and that inspires you to try this out yourselves. They’re perfect for all ages (even me!!) and ideal to make with the little ‘uns………By the way, don’t you just love my gorgeous little Goddaughter rocking my floral creation!!? :) So if you have a go, do remember to take some photos and share it with me on FB or Twitter with the hashtag #craftwithMolu.

Happy crafting lovelies! xxx

 

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

 

{20.03.2014} Welcoming springtime with floral crowns!

MbM_PrimeveraCrowns_MAR 20 aAfternoon folks! It’s officially the FIRST day of of Spring today!! I hope you’re out celebrating this beautiful season!!

Well, I’m not one for ‘selfies’ (or any photos of myself on here for that matter) unless they are VERY subtle glimpses (I’m quite a private person and you’ll soon notice I’m quite anonymous on here unless you actually know me personally) so this creative ‘springtime’ challenge conjured up by the Bethan of Decorator’s Notebook and Michelle of MY Creative Photography was totally out of my comfort zone but it may just be the thing I need to feel more comfortable with them. As an excuse to fully embrace springtime, the #primeveracrowns challenge is an interactive project that encourages bloggers to get involved by posting photos of themselves wearing a floral crown they made.

Of course, while I was uncomfortable with the idea of posting mugshots of myself, I was really keen on making the crown and joining in on the fun! :D Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time on my hands nor access to any pretty flowers or foliage so I did what I do best…..making stuff out of what’s kicking about at home. In this case, I made my crown out of crafting felt and ribbons! It’s amazing how limited resources actually spur you on to being more creative! :D   
MbM_PrimeveraCrowns_MAR 20 bWhat do you think?

I’m actually loving it….well the idea of wearing a floral crown that is, as I’d probably would never have had the courage to do so but guess what…..I’ve got it on as I write this!! :D This challenge may be good for me in many ways than one! ;) Well this took me just under 30 minutes and I’m thinking I’ll probably show you how its done in next week’s DIY Tutorial – would you like that?

Anyway, you guys all have time to participate as this goes on all day. All you have to do is make a floral crown,  take pictures of you wearing it and post it either on your blog or any other social media platform you’re on. Just remember to add the hashtag #primeveracrowns and tag @DecoratorsNotes and @MYCreative in your post. Bethan has some cool tutorials on her post if you need any help.

You can go stalk more on IG but here are a few links to other bloggers who participated and made some amazing crowns: Michelle, Bethan and Emily

Enjoy!!! xx