Bring the summer indoors with this homemade floral garland, perfect for brightening up your Sunday brunch, family BBQ or just giving your living space a little life. It’s a fun project and couldn’t be easier to make! All you’ll need is Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion, felt, a jute cord and some common crafting tools you probably already have. The best thing about these flowers? You can reuse them every spring and summer; they’re never going to wilt or go bad!What you need:
- Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion
- Jute cord
- Felt - desired colors for flowers and leaves
- Optional: Clothespins
Draw a leaf and four petals descending in size onto card stock. Cut out to create patterns.
Choose whichever color felt you’d like for your flowers. Use your cardstock petals as templates and cut 4 of each size in the felt. You will use all 4 of each size (layered) to create one flower. Cut as many petals as needed for the amount of flowers you plan on creating. Repeat for leaves, cutting 3 leaf shapes per flower.
Make a cut (about a half inch) at the bottom center of each petal. Repeat for leaves.
Place a dot of Quick Dry Fabric Fusion on one side of the cut at the bottom of the felt petal.
Pull the felt on the other side of the cut over the top of the dot of glue (backside over front) and press in place. This creates dimension for each petal so they don't lay flat when layered together for the flowers. Repeat for leaves.
Add a dot of glue to the bottom of a large petal and press another large petal in place over the top, rotating the petal to the left or right so it isn't directly on top of the base petal. Add a dot of glue on top of the petal you just stacked onto the base petal and press another large petal in place, rotating in the same direction. Repeat process until your flower base is formed.
Continue adding glue and layering petals in a circle, moving from largest petals to smallest for the top layer. Note: You might not need to use all petals when creating your flowers. Do what works best for you!
Measure out a strand of jute cord so it's long enough to hang in your desired space. Starting how ever many inches in from the end as desired, begin gluing the felt leaves to the cord with the flower on top. Tip: hold in place with clothespins for a secure hold while drying.
Continue gluing as many flowers and leaves as desired, evenly spacing along the cord. Let dry completely.
Now your flower garland is ready to bloom with creativity year round!