[gallery link="file"] Like my new felt flowers? Would you like to make some yourself?
I'm here to show you how!
Step One: Purchase 100% wool yarn. You can pick any color you'd like but it MUST be 100% wool.
Step Two: Roll yarn into tight balls. Make the balls the size you'd like your flowers to be.
Step Three: Securely tuck the ends of the yarn into the ball. Make sure they can not get out. Trust me, I had several unravel and it was a pain to roll them back up. Tuck the ends tight!
Step Four: Place balls of yarn in a pot of water with just a little bit of soap in it. Bring pot of water to a boil and let the balls soak for 45 minutes to an hour. Do not mix colors as the yarn may bleed. Occasionally stir the pot and squeeze the balls with tongs to agitate the wool.
Step Five: Throw the balls of yarn into the dryer and turn it on high heat. Let the dryer run a full cycle.
Step Six (Optional): Repeat steps four and five. I did this because I didn't think the balls looked felted enough, probably because they kept coming unraveled. After the second time, they looked great.
Step Seven: Remove from dryer. My dryer turned red but it was easy to clean up. I soaked a towel and threw it in the dryer - it cleaned it right up.
Step Eight: Add stems to your felted flowers. I used wire stems from JoAnn's, but you could use the stem from a fake flower. Just pull off the existing flower and stick the wire through the ball.
Step Nine: Arrange your colors and stick your new flowers in a vase. I added rice to my vase so it wouldn't look empty.
That's it! Less than ten steps - super easy. I made these as table decorations for hosting bunco, but I love them so much I think they may find a permanent spot somewhere in our house. I think they'd look great sitting on a desk, too - maybe as a gift to your kid's teacher? Who wouldn't love a vase full of cute flowers, especially ones that won't every die?