I don't know about you, but I'm kinda over winter at this point and looking forward to spring. Real flowers aren't really an option yet but felt flowers are always in season!
I'm going to show you how easy it is to cut felt with the new Cricut Maker. I was lucky to get a machine for my birthday/Xmas this year so I'm having fun exploring all the new materials I can cut with it.
Here's a tutorial showing you how to make a banner with those felt flowers for you to hang on your door or walls.
First, go to Cricut design space. The maker comes with some free projects and I found this fun felt wreath as an option. I just want to use some of the flowers from this. Click the make it button for the shapes to add to your canvas.
This is what it will look like. They separated the flowers into groups. I went through and highlighted and deleted the flowers I didn't want to use for this project.
Once I narrowed down the flowers, I also wanted to narrow down the colors. Cricut will automatically sort the various colors into mats for you so colors DO matter while designing.
Click on the color circle on the right-hand side of the screen to pull up the options. They list the project colors at the top to make life easy.
Here is the simplified flower selection to cut out.
Once you click the "make it" button you'll be lead to this screen showing the various mats you need to prepare per color.
Let me take a quick moment to teach you a trick so your cutting mat doesn't get ruined with felt fuzz. Take that transfer paper and lay it on top of your cutting mat. Put the nonstick side down on the mat leaving the sticky side exposed.
Attach your felt to the mat.
Ok, back to the software for a minute. Set the material to felt.
Select the rotary blade as your tool.
Now insert the felt into the machine and click the flashing button to start cutting. I am super impressed with how the blade cuts the felt like butter, no backing needed!
Look how precise!! Repeat this for each color until all of the flower parts are ready.
See how the felt fuzz sticks to the transfer tape, this is why you wanted to do this extra step. No one wants a fuzzy mat!!
I decided I wanted to make stems for the flowers to create a bunch on my banner. Click on the shapes and select the square.
Use your mouse to draw a square and click the lock picture in the bottom left corner to unlock it. Now you can make it into a rectangle instead.
There is a box at the top of the page where you can enter the exact sizes you want your shape to be.
In the top right-hand corner, there's a duplicate button. Click it as many times as you need.
I was using some scrap felt from cutting the leaves out so I needed to move the location of the items to cut on the mat. Repeat the cutting process to make them.
Now that everything is cut you can start assembling the flowers. I used hot glue to hold it all together.
Next, I started playing with how I wanted to arrange them on my banner. I did a "dry run" first before attaching them down with hot glue.
Once I was confident where I wanted them I added hot glue to the back and attached them. For the stems, I only attached the top third because I wanted to wrap some twine around the bottom.
I slipped the twine under the stems so I could wrap it around to "tie" the bunch of flowers together.
Tie it in a bow when you're done and trim up all the edges.
Add the wooden dowel to the top pocket and add twine to create the holder.
Now you're ready to add some spring happiness to your home! I'm going to hang this on my front door. Maybe mother nature will see it as a sign to stop snowing?! One can always dream, right?
Go ahead and pin this for later!
You want to cut all the felt flowers now, don't you?! I'm with you!! Be prepared to see more in future posts. ;)