Dress up your walls, banisters or doors this holiday season with handmade felt poinsettias.Brian Patrick Flynn, Flynnside Out Productions
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.
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 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.
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.
Give your poinsettia a finished, sparkly look by adding a small crystal or rhinestone directly to the center of the button with hot glue.