Valentine Mantle and Felt Flower Tutorial

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Welcome to my Valentine Mantle & Felt Flower Tutorial!

 

I am so, super-excited to share our
Valentine Mantle
 with you all!
Over the weekend
I gathered up anything I thought had
Valentine potential
from my clean craft room!
(You can see how it got that way here.)
I found several sheets of scrapbook paper, some red and white felt, ribbon, chiffon and pink mini floral fabric. It was a start.So, I’d love to share how I decorate… but I don’t have any particular creative process.
I usually just gather up anything I think may work.
And I look at it.
Yup, that’s right…
I just look at it.

Which often leads to lots of fiddling,
moving things around
and a little
“Which looks better?”
#1 or #2
{Sorta like at the eye doctor}

 I’ll usually start with one item.
That ONE thing I know I want to use.
In this case, I had 3 key pieces I wanted to use.
I wanted to use this window,
though I wasn’t sure how?
This picture of

And, I also wanted to use this…

 

Because how cute is this?

Source; Click here.

So, I print it out.
Super!
The color came out nice & vibrant.
Problem, I printed is sideways.
Solution, Use it sideways.I placed it in an 8×10 shabby white frame I had on hand and filled the empty space by adding a long strip of scrapbook paper and a felt heart I cut out.—DONE—
Question…

Why is it so extra cute when it’s free?

Next, I got started on making some felt flowers.
These are so easy!

I will tell you just how easy they are…
I made some.

I whipped one up in two seconds and it was perfect.
{Well, perfect to me anyhow}
I guess my standards may be a bit low ;)

You know, I like it fast, cheap & easy.
Or
I won’t craft it.

Here is my step-by-step visual tutorial

You will need; felt, scissors and a glue gun.

1. Fold any size felt in half, then half again.
The larger the square, the larger the flower.

2. Cut along edges to round off.

3. Start cutting into the felt as shown above.

4. Circle around as you cut.
(you can cut with a little wave or straight, play around)

5. Start at the tip, or beginning and roll.

6. Keep rolling until you reach the end.

7. Flip over.

8. Place glue in a circular motion onto the back surface of the flower and attach felt back.

8a. Use a spare piece of felt to cut into small circles to attach to the flower backs.

Note – I found as I made more, that if I made my last cut into the main felt piece into an apostrophe shape, it fit right into place on the back when I was done. Then, I was only using a single piece.

I am not a master tutorialist.
(is that a word?)
So… I hope this was easy to follow!

I was grinning from ear-to-ear making these.
They are just too sweet!

 

Simply adding some scrapbook paper as a back round and layering on some family photos made a picture frame turn into holiday art with a personal meaning.

I wanted our Valentine mantle to reflect love & family.

Next thing you know, everything started falling into place.
I hung up the frames, added some flowers,  fluffed a bit and it came together.

 

Some Garland Warmed Up The Iron Gate In Our Fireplace. It Was Looking A Bit Bare!

 

Twinkle lights are always a must!
I had some pink ones and they added just the right sparkle.
I love me some SPARKLE.

Hope you enjoyed looking around.
I sure enjoyed sharing!!

 

Stop in again anytime…

PS – Now, I know I am not the first person to make felt flowers.
I have been seeing them here & there, but mostly ignored them
thinking they would be far to difficult to make!
So, just to be clear… I know I didn’t invent these,
nor am I trying to take credit for them.
Just passing them on =)

Thanks to Bonnie & Trish
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  1. says

    Lovin’ it, Lilo! ( I always wonder if we confuse people when we call each other by our affectionate nicknames HEHEHEHEHE) Can’t say I ever really get into decorating for Valentine’s Day, but you may have just gotten me in the mood. :D So beautiful! And so, so YOU! :D

  2. says

    I’m grinning ear to ear reading, kind of how you were when you were creating. What, you didn’t invent those?LOL…love your tutorial! Shannon, I love your personality and your beautiful decorating style! Wonderful photos! Have a great evening!
    Debbie