These may have been done before but I didn't look for tutorials because...well, apparently I like to do things the hard way. The only thing you need to make these teensy four-petal flowers are felt, glue (hot glue is my preference) and seed beeds (or glitter...or confetti...or whatever you embellishment you like for the center).
Start with cutting out four small petals - mine were about a 1/2 inch long and a 1/4 inch wide and one small felt circle (this is for the back - my circles ended up being a little bigger than a 1/4 across) The petals should be flat on one end and rounded (petal shaped) on the other - yep, totally technical terms
To form the petals, put a tiny dot of glue at the end of the flat side of the petal
And immediately pinch the edges toghether to form a pleat
Let the glue dry. If your using hot glue, this only takes a few seconds
Next, use your scissors to cut any excess off of the glued/pinched side of the petal. We want the petal to begin as close to the pleat as possible. So cut ALMOST to the edge of the glue - if you cut the glue completely off, you lose the pleat.
Once you have your four little petals pinched and trimmed, you're ready to assemble
To assemble, put a dot of glue on your felt circle...
and push the pinched edges of each petal into the glue
Because hot glue dries so quickly, I did 2 petals at a time. I found it helpful to really squish the petals down into the glue
Now all that's left is to seed beed (or glitter, or confetti) the center. Just squirt a dollop of glue at the center...
And sprinkle on the seed beeds. I gently pressed the beeds down into the glue to ensure that they would stay on
(this one is a double layered flower - similar process just two sizes of petals)
Aaaaand your done. I whipped out 20 of these little flowers assembly-style while watching a movie. They're quick and so cute. I'm making some more just to have a little stash for cards and quick embellishments. Without doing a real calculation, I'm guessing these cost around 5 cents each - way cheaper than buying ready made ones!
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