The lotus is a beautiful flower that roots itself in the mud and rises up to bloom above the water. Unlike most flowers, you can’t keep this one in your home as a cut bloom. So the only way to enjoy it is to craft your own version! Since we have already made a paper lotus, Krista has designed a felt lotus flower for this month’s collection.
When you’re ready to make this flower, just check out our supplies list below. Then follow the tutorial at the end of the post!
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Lotus be at peace
While we do a lot of crafting for fun, we also like to look at the origin of and meaning behind what we make. The lotus flower is symbolic in Buddhism and meditation practices, representing non-attachment and enlightenment. It’s also an important symbol in Hinduism, standing for purity and peace.
Our pattern and tutorial below will show you how to make a felt lotus flower as well as the leaves and pod. Once assembled, you can arrange them altogether in a pretty vase with a wide neck or a low planter.
Skill level: Intermediate
Crafting tip: We recommend using a cutting machine if you’re making more than one felt lotus due to the amount of petals needed for each flower.
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How to Make a Felt Lotus Flower
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the pattern on the right hand side at the top of this post.
- Cut out felt according to template using a cutting machine with a rotary blade (recommended) or scissors.
- To make the flowers: Wrap and glue the lotus center pod piece around the tapered end of a thick stem wire, forming a cone shape. Stuff with a bit of fiber filling and glue on the top piece (the top edges do not need to match up).
- Fringe the stamen strip piece. If you used scallop scissors on the top edge, carefully cut down between each scallop.
Full tutorial available for members to download on the right hand side at the top of this post.
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (recommended)
- Detail Scissors
- Pinking Shears — Scallop (recommended)
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Needle-Nose Pliers/Wire Cutters
- Lia Griffith’s Wool Blend Felt —Magenta, Juniper, Fern, and Sunshine
- Thick Paper Covered Stem Wire
- Floral Tape — Pine
- Uni Posca 3m Paint Marker — Light Orange
- Dritz Disappearing Ink Marking Pen
- Blick Studio Brush Marker — Olive (070)
- Polyester Fiber Fill — Lia Griffith Stuffie Puff
- Aleene’s Stiffen-Quick Fabric Stiffening Spray
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