DIY FUZZY FELT

15/11/2014

Fuzzy Felt is one of those nostalgic and classically iconic childhood games that we all know and love. But the best thing about it is, its so easy and inexpensive to make yourself at home and will be guaranteed to provide your little one hours of creative play, learning and fun. Felt has the magic ability of being self-adhesive – meaning it literally (temporarily) sticks to itself. So it makes minimal mess, which is a big plus for us modern mamas!

 

Making your own fuzzy felt can be as simple or as complex as you like depending on how much interest and ability you have for creating and cutting out your own custom made designs. I started out with a very simple board made from a combination of shapes, numbers and letters for my daughter when she was about 18 months and she absolutely loved it!

 

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So now Christmas is fast approaching and my little one is already super excited, I decided to make her a fancy festive X-mas tree board, as I knew she would get such a kick out of decorating her own tree.

 

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This was super quick and easy to make and better yet, it requires only minimal materials. I managed to source an inexpensive cork board from my local discount shop and had plenty of leftover felt in my sewing stash for all the fuzzy felt pieces. Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make your own….

 

SUPPLIES

 

A lightweight board for covering – this could be anything such as a canvas, some foam core or a cork boards etc.

 

Large piece of felt for covering

 

Felt scraps for cutting out all your fuzzy felt shapes and silhouettes

 

Templates – optional! You can hand draw your own, make them on the computer or find some free pre-made templates and stencils. I found some lovely ones HERE

 

Scissors

 

Glue gun or staple gun – I used a combination of both. However if using staples make sure they are secure and check them often in case they become loose.

 

 

HOW-TO

 

1. Gather your supplies

 

2. Measure your board. Then mark and cut out your felt for covering the board allowing extra on all sides for folding around the edges. Center the felt onto the front right side of the board.

 

3. Begin stapling or gluing the felt towards the back of the board along one side.

 

4. When you get to a corner, fold the corner point of the felt inwards towards the back of the board.

 

5. Staple or glue the corner fold into place on both sides to secure.

 

6. Continue stapling and gluing the felt to the back of the board until completed. If gluing, leave to dry.

 

 

 

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Next prepare and cut out your fuzzy felt pieces!

 

Cut out your shapes and silhouettes from a selection of contrasting felt scraps for a real eye-catching effect using hand drawn or paper templates. A small, sharp pair of scissors will be your best friend when it comes to cutting out neat perfectly crisp felt edges.

 

 

 

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Position the shapes onto the board, then let your little one takeover! They will have loads of fun moving about and rearranging all the little tactile felt pieces to their hearts content.

 

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You can either set up the board on the floor, prop it or mount it onto the wall – whichever works best for you and your little one.

 

 

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As you can see this has been a big hit in our house already and will be packed away for next Christmas once the holiday season is over…

 

Always supervise children under the age of 3 when playing with fuzzy felt pieces and make sure to pack away the game once playtime is over.

 

Happy Felting!

 

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