My class loved making these button flower cards so much I thought I'd share them. We made them for Mother's Day (it's celebrated in March in the UK) but they'd also be handy to use for any variety of other occasions like Easter, thank-you's or birthdays.
I created a whole bouquet of these felt button flowers for a craft magazine last year but knowing bouquets would be far too much cutting for 5 and 6 year olds I opted for a single flower for each mum.
The project is simple.
Gather some felt, buttons, pipe cleaners and small scissors.
- Draw a flower shape on to a piece of felt or choose a shape from this template and trace around it. I find a biro (ballpoint) works best on felt. If you want leaves, trace them from the template as well.
- Trim the flower just inside the pen mark. Make two tiny slits in the centre of the flower with small scissors.
- Take a pipe cleaner and bend one end about 5cm from the end into the shape of a hair pin with one long end.
- Thread the pipe cleaner ends through two of the holes in a button then through the two slits in the flower. Twist the short end of the pipe cleaner under the head of the flower to secure it. If you are adding leaves, put glue on the stem and wrap it around the pipe cleaner near the flower at the top.
For the card:
You'll need some card stock, decorative paper new or recycled, glue stick and craft knife
- Glue a piece of patterned paper to a card cut two horizontal slits in the centre of the card about 5cm apart then thread the stem of the flower through the card (I did the cutting of the slits for the children using a craft knife.)
- Note: Use multiple buttons for centres or stack multiple felt flowers. Also, be creative with the paper for the background - try the written side of an old postcard, newspaper, a page from an old book, wallpaper, gift wrap, etc.
If these flower instructions make this easy project sound complicated, click here for a diagram and see how easy they really are to make.
Let me know if you give them a try.