Felt Flower Accents DIY

While it’s one of the most exciting aspects of planning a wedding, shopping for reception decorations can also be stressful. One of the ways we recommend destressing shopping is by choosing simple décor pieces, then dressing them with accents to match your wedding theme and color palette. That way, most if not all of your decor can be used later as home décor, or even saved as Thank You, Birthday or Christmas gifts, and given to loved ones.

To customize these multi-purpose rustic tin vases, we’ve added hand-tinted felt flowers, attaching them with lengths of yarn that reflect your wedding colors. 

Find this DIY in our new Rustic Charm Lookbook!

Items you’ll need:

Items you’ll need:

  • Ivory or off-white felt sheets (of course, feel free to use any color of felt you wish! We won’t force you to dye your fingers pink with food color!)
  • Yarn in your choice of color
  • Darning needle or other wide-eyed needle suitable for yarn
  • Pink gel food color, available from candy, cake or craft stores
  • Scissors

Products we used

  • 4 x 7.25" Rustic Tin Vase
  • 5.25 x 4" Rustic Tin Vase
  • 3.25 x 3.25" Rustic Tin Vase
  • Ivory Burlap Ribbon with Pearl Trim
  • Pillar Candle Trio with Remote
  • Burlap Runner with Fringed Edge
  • Mini Birch Discs
  • Ivory Taper Candles

1. First, cut strips of felt.

2. Don’t worry about precision, as flowers in nature are all unique! Our strips measure between 1.25” – 1.5” wide.

3. Fold each piece into thirds or fourths and place one side in an approximate 1/2 inch pool of 3:1 gel to water. The liquid will soak into the felt, creating a subtle ombre effect. Let soak for several hours, or overnight. TIP: if you’re using natural felt, you don’t need to spend more than a few minutes on this color dip step. If you’re using synthetic felt, you will need to let the color dip stand for several hours, as the polyester wants to resist the color.

4. Rinse each piece and lay flat to dry…don’t forget to wear latex gloves if you don’t want your skin to be dyed! 

5. Fold each piece in half and cut out your petals. You don’t need to fold your strips in half, but this definitely saves time! And again, you don’t have to be too precise here! We cut in a very vague zigzag shape in order to produce a variety of petal shapes. You can make yours whatever shape you prefer.

6. To add a touch of natural charm, we cut an irregular edge to each petal. To make this step super simple, use edging scissors that have patterned blades.

7. String your petals on your yarn. (We used between 11 – 13 petals per flower.)

8. When you’ve strung them all, bunch them and tie them off with the yarn. TIP: leave quite a bit of length on either end, so that you can tie them around vases, napkins, or whatever you please!

9. Use one end of yarn to loop through the center of the flowers, at 12-, 9-, 6- and 3-o’clock positions. TIP:when you’re done, you may want to manually curl and fluff petals to give the most natural appearance.

10. Watch your display come to life as you layer your handmade flowers over charming pearl trim ribbonthat has been wrapped around our perfectly-aged corrugated tin vases. To complete the look, pair with smaller vases that have been dressed with our delicate ivory cotton lace ribbon. Finish these decorative pieces with live flowers or with real or flameless candles and your table is complete!

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