How to Make a Felt Poinsettia

Dress up your walls, banisters or doors this holiday season with handmade felt poinsettias.

Vertical Hanging Red & Green Garland With Fabric Poinsettias

Vertical Hanging Garland With Fabric Poinsettias

Materials Needed:

  • colored felt by the yard
  • chalk or marker
  • tape measure
  • fabric scissors
  • needle
  • spool of thread
  • hot glue
  • buttons
  • thick craft paper
  • rhinestones or crystals

Draw a Leaf Stencil and Cut Out

Place craft paper on a flat, level surface. Use marker or chalk to trace a leaf pattern directly onto the craft paper. Tip: If you're not confident free-handing a leaf silhouette, grab a dry leaf from the yard, lay it flat onto the craft paper and trace around the edges. Using the traced silhouette as your guide, cut out the leaf stencil from the craft paper with scissors.

Trace Leaf Stencil Onto Felt and Cut Out

Once leaf stencil has been cut and removed from sheet of thick craft paper, place it directly onto the felt. Trace along the outside edges of the stencil with chalk or marker. Cut the traced leaf silhouette from the felt with fabric scissors.

Repeat Tracing and Cutting

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all leaf silhouettes have been cut from felt. Tip: For proper symmetry and scale, it's best to give each poinsettia 5 or 6 leaves.

Tracing Petal Outline on Felt

Cutting Out Petals for a Handmade Poinsettia

Stitch Leaves Together

Using needle and spool of thread, attach each of the cut-out felt leaves together in a circular formation. As several felt poinsettia leaves are stitched together, ensure a snug fit by pulling the thread tight and checking the bottom tip of each leaf for proper, consistent bunching.

Add Buttons

To cover up the stitch marks on each leaf while also adding an extra layer of visual interest, place a button in the center of the poinsettia, keeping it held in place with hot glue.

Adding Buttons to Poinsettia

Button to Hide Sewing Marks

Add Crystals or Rhinestones

Give your poinsettia a finished, sparkly look by adding a small crystal or rhinestone directly to the center of the button with hot glue.

Rhinestone Glued to Felt Poinsettia

Add Crystals or Rhinestones to a Decoration

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