How to Make a Felt Poinsettia
Dress up your walls, banisters or doors this holiday season with handmade felt poinsettias.
- colored felt by the yard
- chalk or marker
- tape measure
- fabric scissors
- spool of thread
- hot glue
- 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.
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.
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.
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.