Our Bellwether thick felt is so exciting to work with! We have been busy experimenting with all sorts of projects that wouldn't be the same with a less substantial felt. And just in time for Valentine's Day, Maker Team member Laura of @feltlikeaparty is showing you how to make the sweetest petite rose basket that will last long past a traditional bouquet.
Cupid struck me with the sweetest idea for another thick felt basket that will never wilt. You could gift a dozen to your special Valentines, but I am keeping this bloom for myself!
Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 1 hour
1. Print the Rose and Leaf templates above on freezer paper. Be sure to print on the dull side of the freezer paper.
2. Iron the hexagon shape onto the Cherry Red thick felt and the three Leaves onto the Sherwood Bellwether felt. If you prefer to use a cutting machine for the leaves, the size is 4” long and 2 1/2” wide.
3. Cut around the perimeter of the hexagon and down the cut lines. Do not cut deeper than indicated. Remove freezer paper. You now have six petals and an uncut center with a diameter of 3”.
4. Bring up every other petal, layering in the same direction, and secure with Wonder Clips. Do not close the petals too tightly or the top of the basket will not be in full bloom. In this example, the opening of the inner rose is about 3".
5. Hot glue each overlapping petal to the felt layer beneath. Hold in place with clips for about 30 seconds until glue is dry.
6. Use scissors to round the corners of the three petals that have not been gathered. Trim no more than 1/4" of material.
7. Following the direction of the inner bloom, overlap the corners of the last three petals and clip in place. The petals will bow out and the overlap will be straight and aligned. Glue in place.
8. Cut the leaves from Sherwood felt.
9. Turn over basket and glue leaves to the bottom, slightly overlapping, if desired.
Time to admire your work. Imagine using White or Plié Bellwether felt for these roses!
Wool is a natural carrier for essential oils, so I filled mine with a few felt poms touched with rose oil to make a rose that smells a sweet as it looks!