I spotted this 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 it… So here’s how I made my own
5 steps to make 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)
What to do…
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!
4. Cut out large squares for houses, small for windows and a rectangle for the door. Cut a triangle 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 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.
I did read a good tip to use the rough side of a scourer to bring up the fibres of the felt if it doesn’t stick very well. 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.
If you do make your own, please tag me so I can see your creations!