A Roundup of Our Best Felt Board Ideas & How To Make Them!

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A Roundup of Our Best Felt Board Ideas & How To Make Them!

Today I’m posting a round-up of our best felt board ideas and a tutorial to make your own felt board.

Felt boards are a wonderful way to encourage creative play, provide a quiet time activity, or take on the road while you travel. The possibilities are endless!

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How to Make A Felt Board

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The felt board was so easy to make.

First, I purchased a 1/4 inch thick board cut to size (2 feet square I think) at Lowes.

Next, I sprayed the wood with a spray adhesive (I used Elmers), then quickly attached a large piece of cream-colored wool felt that I bought at the fabric store, smoothing out the wrinkles with my hands.

Then I turned the board over so the felt was underneath (leave a couple inches extra on each side), sprayed the adhesive around the edges of the back, and pressed the felt ends up and over.

I used a couple of tacks at each corner to help hold the felt in place, but probably didn’t need them.

Three Sneaky Bugs has a great step-by-step tutorial for making a framed felt board. She also has a post about making flower felt pieces. And What Caroline Says uses a colorful flannel and felt combo for a storyboard.

Felt Board Ideas for Creative Play

Note: For many of these, I used templates that I found online and printed (search for “felt board templates” or something similar).

A Roundup of Our Best Felt Board Ideas & How To Make Them – felt animals

1. Felt Animal Set

A set of animals, by special request, including a lion, a tiger, and a zebra. I thought it would be easiest to draw the animal features on, so first I ironed on some Wonder-Under to the felt since you can write easily on fusible web but not directly on felt.

After ironing on the Wonder-Under, I pulled off the paper backing and used the templates I printed out to cut out the animal shapes. I used sharpies to draw on all the details.

A Roundup of Our Best Felt Board Ideas & How To Make Them – mailman & buildings

2. A mailman, mail, and houses

These details are cut out of fabric and adhered to the felt with Pellon fusible interfacing. I ironed interfacing to several different fabrics, then cut out the little details as I needed them and ironed them onto the felt.

I made a couple of houses and an apartment building. Then I created a mailman and several letters to be delivered.

A Roundup of Our Best Felt Board Ideas & How To Make Them – Goldilocks & 3 Bears

3. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

I made Goldilocks with the accompanying bowls of porridge, chairs, and beds so the whole story can be acted out on the felt board!

I used Wonder Under fusible webbing to attach the fabric clothes. And a permanent marker for the face details and Goldilocks’ shoes.

For the bear faces, I added circles of the fusible webbing for the nose area since I’d been told they are easier to draw on than the felt itself. It was, but for tiny little details like this it probably wasn’t necessary.

Felt Board Ideas for Learning Activities

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1. Make Your Own Felt Alphabet Letters 

This alphabet and number set is easy to make with Stick-It Felt letters. To use, just peel off the backing and stick them to the felt, and the finished felt piece feels nice and sturdy.

I attached the letters to contrasting-colored felt, using slightly different colors for the letters (blue) and the numbers (lavender). Although it would also look great to have a rainbow of colors.

I trimmed around each letter, using a pair of small, sharp scissors.

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2. Create your own Felt Faces

Making felt board scenes just became so much easier! I can make a photocopy of a page of line drawings, lay a drawing on top of a sheet of felt, and start cutting. These faces are about nine inches tall, which keeps the little noses and eyebrows somewhat manageable.

I used a template copied from a library book: Felt Board Fun by Liz and Dick Wilmes. It’s an older book that might be hard to find but here’s a more recent book by the same authors. And it looks like there are other similar books, as well.

Felt Board Ideas for Nature

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Seasons

I made this autumn themed tree with some fall leaves. It would be great to add spring, summer and winter options as well.

I cut the tree free-hand but found a maple leaf image online that I used as a template for the leaves, as you can see from their uniformity.

A Roundup of Our Best Felt Board Ideas & How To Make Them - mailman & buildings

More Felt Board Ideas

If you have any felt board ideas to add, please add them in the comments!

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    [email protected]
    April 20, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Dear Jean,
    I’ve been reading your blog for ages and have yet to comment. I’m constantly benefiting from your fantastic craft ideas – and am so happy I found your blog several months ago.
    I have a three year old and a seven month old, so I very much appreciate your adventures in parenthood. It seems we are often going through the same things!
    I had a quick question about the felt board. What type of felt did you use to construct the board? And the cut-outs? Also, and this may be obvious, but what do you use to attach the felt to the felt board? Or does it stick by itself?
    My daughter fell in love with Maia’s letters & numbers set and the animals you recently made!

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    C.F.
    April 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Fuzzy felt, as we call have always called it, was my most favourite play thing as a little girl. I love the idea of making home made fuzzy felt, what a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    frivolitea
    April 20, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I love your creative ideas, though my children (10 & 8)have (I think) outgrown this particular activity. But I love reading about this nonetheless.

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    Courtney Corey
    April 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Just found lots of felt in box of art supplies. I am going to do this with my son! Thanks for the post!

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    Becky
    April 21, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Thank you Jean! Your reply is very helpful. With inspiration from your site, I’m planning a ‘roll-up’ felt mat that we can use for traveling… and hanging up when we’re home.
    What fun!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    April 21, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Becky, Thanks for the lovely comment! I used wool felt to make the felt board, but you can use any kind or even flannel. For the cut-outs I use both wool and nylon although more nylon. Felt has a nap to it that makes felt stick to felt or felt stick to flannel. It kind of works like a low-key velcro.

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    Jennifer
    April 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for putting all these ideas together in one post, I can’t wait to check out these links. And thank you so much for adding a link to my blog! My son still plays with that blue monster nearly everyday.
    I added your blog to my blog reader a while back and love all of your ideas.

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    Grace
    April 23, 2010 at 6:56 am

    You said everyone likes painting, I don’t. Probably coz I don’t know how to or ever been taught how to. Also never done the felt thing, I have a 18 month old and one coming in a few weeks. What age would you say would be appropriate for felt play?

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    Sara Rivka
    April 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Jean, thanks so much for stopping by Craft Schooling Sunday and sharing this great idea! Hope to see you again, and thanks for all the wonderful inspiration! Sara/creativejewishmom.com

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