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FELT FLOW­ERS Gather your sup­plies

• Wool felt in de­sired colours, in­clud­ing green for leaves • Scis­sors

• Hot-glue gun

• Flo­ral wire

• Pins

Here’s how

Cab­bage rose

Cut­ting

• 1 felt cir­cle, 4.5cm-dia. (for cen­tre)

• 3 felt rec­tan­gles, each 30 x 2.5cm

• 21 felt teardrop-shaped petals (cut teardrops from a 5 x 7cm rec­tan­gle) • 1 Green felt cir­cle, 4.5cm-dia. (for base) STEP 1 Cut a slit in mid­dle of flower cen­tre, then slip it onto flo­ral wire near the top. Us­ing hot glue to se­cure, press all edges in­ward to cre­ate the flower’s in­ner gen­tle folds.

STEP 2 Fold a long rec­tan­gle ac­cor­dion style and glue all folds to each other at the lower edge. Re­peat this step for re­main­ing 2 rec­tan­gles.

STEP 3 Glue ends of all 3 ac­cor­dion pieces to­gether to form a cir­cle. Squeeze cir­cle to com­pact the petals to­gether.

STEP 4 Ar­range ‘ac­cor­dion’ petals around cab­bage rose cen­tre (made in Step 1) so they are level. Glue in place at the base.

STEP 5 Work­ing evenly around flower, hot glue bot­tom third of each teardrop petal to flower cen­tre to build up your rose.

STEP 6 To fin­ish, make a tiny hole in cen­tre of base piece. Thread it up the wire un­til it reaches bot­tom of flower then glue it in place.

Ra­nun­cu­lus Cut­ting

• 32 felt cir­cles, 4.5cm-dia.

(for cen­tre and petals) • 1 green wavy felt piece, 5cm-dia. (for leaf)

STEP 1 Cut a slit in mid­dle of flower cen­tre, then slip it onto flo­ral wire near the top. Pinch at the base to cre­ate gen­tle folds, then hot glue in place.

STEP 2 Work­ing evenly around flower, add petals around cen­tre, over­lap­ping them slightly as you go.

STEP 3 To fin­ish, make a tiny hole in cen­tre of green wavy leaf, slide it up the wire un­til it reaches bot­tom of flower then glue it in place.

Buds

Cut­ting

• 1 felt 4-petal flower

• 1 felt 4-leaf piece

STEP 1 Cut a tiny hole in the mid­dle of petal flower, slide it onto flo­ral wire near the top.

STEP 2 Ap­ply a tiny drop of hot glue at tip of 1 petal, then press to ad­ja­cent tip. Re­peat for re­main­ing 2 petals. Bring 4 tips to­gether at top and se­cure to­gether with hot glue.

STEP 3 To fin­ish, cut a tiny hole in cen­tre of 4-leaf piece, slide it up flo­ral wire un­til it reaches bud. Glue it around bud.

Eu­ca­lyp­tus branches Cut­ting

• Small sil­ver gum leaves (each leaf is cut from a 5 x 3cm rec­tan­gle) • Gum leaves (each leaf is cut from an 8 x 2.5cm rec­tan­gle)

NOTE: Cut as many leaves as you re­quire for your de­sired length of eu­ca­lypt branch.

STEP 1 Wrap end of 1 felt leaf around flo­ral wire and use hot glue to se­cure leaf to wire and to wrong side of leaf. Re­peat for all re­main­ing leaves, ar­rang­ing and glu­ing leaves on both sides of flo­ral wire. Camel­lia

Cut­ting

• 23 x 5.5cm felt rec­tan­gle

(for cen­tre)

• 12 felt teardrop-shaped petals (cut from 7 x 5 cm rec­tan­gles) • 1 green felt cir­cle, 4.5cm-dia. (for leaf)

STEP 1 Fold 23 x 5.5cm felt rec­tan­gle in half length­wise and pin raw edges to­gether. Cut­ting across folded edge, make straight cuts into rec­tan­gle, spac­ing cuts 7mm apart and stop­ping 1cm short of the pinned edges.

STEP 2 Re­mov­ing pins as you go, roll the strip up, us­ing hot glue to se­cure the roll in place. This com­pletes flower cen­tre.

STEP 3 Work­ing evenly around flower, add petals around flower cen­tre, over­lap­ping them as you go. STEP 4 To fin­ish, make a tiny hole in cen­tre of leaf. Push leaf up flo­ral wire un­til it reaches base of flower and hot glue in place.

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