I created some fun variations of felt flowers for this lovely fall wreath I recently whipped up.
We've got a plain mum, a scalloped rose, and a looped mum. Here's a quick tutorial on all three.
I used 8 1/2 by 11 inch felt sheets from the craft store. I cut the sheet into various widths--1 inch, 1 1/2 inch, and 2 inch. The size of the width will affect the size of the felt flower; the higher the width the larger the flower.
Snip into the strip of felt every 1/8 of an inch or so. Cut the entire length of the strip.
Grab your hot glue gun and get rolling. Start at one end and draw a line of hot glue along the bottom (uncut area) of the felt. Roll as you go until it's completely rolled up.
The back of the rolled up flower should look like this:
After gluing and rolling the strip up completely, you may have to flatten down your "petals" so your felt flower looks more flower-like.
Here's a good view of how the width of your strip of felt can affect the overall size of the flower.
Cut a circle out of the sheet of felt. Again, size of the circle results in varying size of the flower.
After you've got your circle cut, start and create a spiral cut towards the inside of the piece of felt. You should have a circle left in the middle (this will be the bottom part of the flower).
Your circle should now look like this:
To create the scalloped portion, just cut the pattern around the outside edge of the cut area, resulting in something that looks like this:
With your piece properly cut, start at the pointed end, glue along the strip of felt, and begin rolling. When you get to the end of the piece, hot glue the circular part to the bottom of the rose, ultimately finishing the flower.
The looped mum is practically the same as the plain mum. Cut strips of your felt. Draw a line of hot glue on one edge of the strip of felt and fold the strip so the edges meet.
Snip small strips into the looped part of the fabric (not the glued part). Cut the entire strip. Draw a hot glue line along the bottom of the strip and roll as you go.
The loops are best seen here. You may need to do some slight "fluffing" to get things how you'd like them to look.
One last look at how all three versions look used together:
All three provide enough variety and visual difference when used together, although they'd look fabulous apart as well.