by Laura Mullan 20th March, 2020
Start your spring with a flourish by making this show-stopping wall hanging with Hobbycraft
With spring finally on the horizon, what better way to celebrate than creating a few beautiful Easter decorations? From show-stopping centrepieces to gorgeous garlands, crafting your own handmade pieces will help make your Easter all the more memorable – and keep the kids busy over the holidays. Hobbycraft’s colourful spring collection is brimming with all the latest crafting trends and materials to spark your imagination.
Do you fancy making something that’s super cute but deceptively easy? Then try out this gorgeous floral wall hanging. It’s the ideal way to welcome that springtime feeling into your home.
How to make a floral wall hanging…
You will need:
Craft essentials (available at Hobbycraft)
You will need:
- Natural Wooden Embroidery Hoop 23cm (9″)
- Fabric of your choice
- Felt in a selection of colours
- Glitter foam sheet
- Assorted Pom Pom Value Pack
- Paper flowers
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Secure the fabric of your choice in the 23cm (9″) embroidery hoop.
Select the felt for the first rose in a colour of your choice. Consider choosing complementary shades of felt to the leaves you’ll create in Step 5. To create felt roses, begin by cutting a large circle out of the felt. It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle, so you can either trace around a round object or freehand it using the fabric marker. Make the circle anywhere from 10-25cm (4-9.8”) in diameter depending on how large you would like the rose to be.
Use the pair of scissors to cut a spiral into the felt circle. Start at one edge and cut inwards using a straight or a wavy cut until you reach the centre of the circle. You can cut a wavy pattern around the edge of the circle as well, so that you’re left with a flat, snake-like spiral.
Start at the outside edge of the spiral and begin rolling it inwards. Pinch the base of the spiral as you roll to create the base of the flower. Once the spiral is completely rolled up, it will create a pretty rose shape. Turn the felt rose over and use a needle and thread to stitch it together at the base. Tie a knot at one end of the thread and add several stitches to the back to keep the layers of the rose in place. Tie off the thread with a second knot.
To create the foam leaves, cut a 2 x 4cm (0.75 x 1.5”) rectangle from glitter foam and use the fabric marker to draw a leaf shape using the template here. At the base of each leaf, add a dab of hot glue and pinch the sides until they meet at the centre. This will leave the top part of the petal open, and a rolled edge and pleat down the centre. It can be a nice touch to pair two leaves together. To do this, take two finished foam leaves and add a dab of glue at the base of one, using the mini glue gun. Pinch the two bases together until dry.
Next, create felt lilacs by cutting between five-15 small circles measuring 3cm (1.25”) in diameter. The more circles you use, the fuller the lilac will be. Cut one larger circle to act as the base. It should be large enough so you can place the small circles on it without seeing any edges. In each small circle, cut out a rounded “+” shape to look like a lilac bud, using the template here. Sew the buds together and use the needle and matching thread to sew each blossom to the base. Overlap and glue the flower petals to create a more realistic appearance. Tie a knot in the back of the bunch with the thread.
For the felt dahlias, you’ll need two layers of petals, so cut two sections of felt in differing sizes. Cut eight rectangles measuring 1.5 x 3.5cm (0.5 x 1.3”) and several rectangles measuring 1.5 x 2.5cm (0.5 x 1″). You’ll also need a circular base to stick the petals to. Next, use the fabric marker to draw and cut a rounded point onto the top of each rectangle using the template here. At the base of each petal, add a dab of hot glue and pinch the sides until they meet at the centre. This will leave the top part of the petal open, and a rolled edge and pleat down the centre. Add the larger set of petals to the circular base by adding a dab of glue to the back (near the bottom). Then add the second layer of petals on top in the same way.
To create the felt peonies you’ll need long, skinny strips of felt. The felt strips will need to be 5cm (2″) in height and whatever length you would like. The longer the felt, the larger the flower. Fold the felt in half along the width. Dab glue all the way across the bottom of the strip to secure the two edges together, forming a long, narrow tube 3cm (1.25”) in height. Use the scissors to cut notches along the folded edge using the template here. Start at one end and roll the strip inwards along the glued bottom edge. As you roll, dab glue on the inside of the felt and when you reach the end, add a bit more glue to secure it.
Group your handmade felt flowers together to ensure you are happy with the designs before you begin glueing them to the hoop fabric.
Attach the rose to the bottom of the hoop fabric using the mini glue gun.
Starting from the rose and working upwards, add the felt and foam flowers to the hoop fabric using the mini glue gun. Try to create a tapered shape.
Using the mini glue gun, add the foam leaves to the underside of selected flowers.
Glue paper flowers or mini pom poms to the centre of selected felt flowers using the glue gun.
To frame the design of the flowers, add mini pom poms around the edge of the hoop using the mini glue gun.
Using the needle and thread and this ’happy’ template here, embroider ’happy’ in whipped backstitch. You can find a tutorial for this stitch here.
Tie a loop of thread around the hoop fastening and hang the wall hanging at your desired height.
Enjoy your floral wall hanging as a beautiful centrepiece at a spring party.
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