How To Make a Felt Board

Felt Board. Erin Huffstetler

Felt boards are entertaining and educational. Create one for the kids in your life, using a few scraps of felt and a bit of cardboard.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Felt
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • School glue
  • Freezer paper

Here's How:

  1. Create the Felt Board
    Select a sturdy piece of cardboard, and cut it down to your desired size. Then, cut a piece of felt that is just slightly larger than the board; and glue it to the cardboard. Fold the extra felt over the edge; and glue it to the back. This will create a nice, finished edge. If you want to make your felt board extra sturdy, tuck it inside a picture frame. It'll keep it from bending, and give you the option of hanging it on the wall.
  1. Create Felt Shapes and People
    Decide on a theme for your felt board; then, create felt pieces to go along with your theme. To make the felt easier to cut, draw your shapes out on freezer paper. Then, iron the shiny side of the paper to your felt, and cut around your shapes. The paper will lend the felt a bit of stiffness, so it doesn't flop around while you're cutting, and it'll save you from having to draw directly on the felt. When you're done, simply peel the paper off, and your felt pieces are ready for play! If you haven't bought your felt yet, you can even buy stiffened felt. It's loads easier to cut. Buy Stiffened Felt on Amazon

Tips:

  1. Coloring book images can be used to create quick felt pieces. Just cut out some pictures, and use them like a template.
  2. Layer pieces of felt to create multi-color shapes. Attach the felt together with school glue or craft glue.
  3. Extra family photos can be used to create a felt version of your family. Cut images of your family out of pictures, and back them with felt, so they stick to the board.
  1. Use a stencil to create uniform letters and numbers, or find letters online that you can print and trace around.
  2. Not sure what shapes to make? Search online for ideas. There are even websites that offer free felt board templates that you can print and use.
  3. Sandpaper can also be used to back paper pieces. It'll stick to your board just as well as felt.
  1. Your felt creations can be embellished with glitter, permanent markers or fabric paint. Let your imagination run wild!
  2. Designate a storage container for all the felt pieces, so they don't get lost. You could even add a pocket to the back of the felt board for the pieces to go between use.