I love making things myself and so decided to make a fuzzy felt board for H so she could make her own scenes and get creative without any mess.
Why? Well, we spotted a fuzzy felt set in Waitrose a couple of weeks ago and immediately Toddler H was telling me everything she could see. I did a quick Pinterest search and discovered there’s nothing special about a fuzzy felt or a fuzzy felt board… In fact it’s very easy to make your own fuzzy felt, so here is a quick tutorial to how I made my own…
I have since made a Christmas tree fuzzy felt board – which I’m sure you’d love to make too (Click on the picture to see the how to!)…
5 steps how to make a Fuzzy Felt board
Supplies for making a Fuzzy felt board:
- Canvas or board
- A few packs of felt (I used these packs from Home Bargains which were 89p for 8 coloured sheets)
- Glue (mine’s from Hobbycraft and I use it for everything from decopatch to card making)
Steps to make a fuzzy felt board…
Make the fuzzy felt background from felt sheets
1. Choose your layout, play with your sheets of felt and see what fits
2. Cut your felt backing, if doing land and sky I like to put the sky down first and allow 1-2cm extra so there is a small overlap for the grass. Mine is very simple with just a wavy line cut for the green grass to sit on top of the sky layer. The pond then sits on top of the green grass as I added it later.
3. Apply the glue generously so it sticks well, but not too much!
Make the felt decorations and pieces to play with on the fuzzy felt board
4. Cut out large squares of felt for houses, small squares of felt for windows and a rectangle felt for the door. Cut a triangle felt for the roof.
5. I also cut some clouds and a sun for the sky. Then added more items, trees, a pond (mine is made in two parts: I just cut a curve in the blue and for the other side used the piece leftover from the sky), a duck and fish, and some birds for the sky.
The nice thing about making this fuzzy felt board from scratch yourself is you can choose the colours you want, and include objects your little one likes (mine loves doors and ducks). I gave Toddler H the choice of colours for the doors and the second house. In future I plan to let her choose new car colours and make a few more designs: underwater and people, as well as one for learning numbers.
How to make felt stick to felt
I did read a good tip to help the felt stick to felt – use the rough side of a scourer to bring up the fibers of the felt. The fibers will help the felt stick together.
However I haven’t needed to do this as the Home Bargains felt is very ‘sticky’. I did use some dark green for the trees from my Hobbycraft stash and it didn’t stuck as well it felt softer and is probably just a bit worn and soft opposed to sticky.
Update: I have since tried the scourer trick to make felt stick together and it worked!
This DIY fuzzy felt board actually ended up lasting a few years, and has been loved by both H, her sister B, and their friends. I’d thoroughly recommend this DIY fuzzy felt board to everyone.
If you do make your own fuzzy felt board, please tag me so I can see your creations!