It’s spring crafting time! Use felt and bamboo skewers to make some Texas bluebonnets.
This lovely spring craft has a particular connection to Texas, where I live. Every March, fields and grassy areas along the highways come alive with beautiful blue flowers called bluebonnets. These flowers are associated with Texas just as much as longhorn cattle, BBQ dinners, and the lone star flag.
Every spring, Texas families dress up their kids and stop along the road somewhere to take photos in the bluebonnets. We love to take photographs with them, but we NEVER pick bluebonnets! After all, they are the state flower!
Just as quickly as they appear, the bluebonnets disappear again by the time the hot Texas sun starts beating down near the end of April. May is practically a summer month in Texas. But it’s okay, because we know they’ll be back again the following March!
Last year, I made several of these felt bluebonnets for centerpieces at a family birthday party, and they were such a big hit. This craft is very easy, and they look so pretty displayed around the house.
The original inspiration for this craft came from this pin on Pinterest. I tried to link to the Etsy store in case you want to just purchase some, but the listing is no longer active, and when I searched the store name, I didn’t get any results.
- Blue and white felt
- Green felt – I used stiff green felt from Hobby Lobby
- Bamboo skewers
- Light green acrylic paint
- Hot glue
- A glass jar
- Blue/white ribbon – the blue with dots came from Hobby Lobby
Step 1: Pick a Jar
The first thing you’ll need to is decide what size jar you want to use. I did tall jars for the party, but then last week I made a short version for my wooden tray. I can’t decide which one I like better, but I think I’m leaning toward liking the short one more because bluebonnets are not tall flowers.
Step 2: Cut your skewers and paint them green.
Cut three bamboo skewers. It looks better if you vary the lengths a little. We used garden clippers to cut our skewers.
Then paint your skewers a nice light green.
Step 3: Cut a strip of white felt and a strip of blue felt.
I cut the white going the short way across the felt. I cut the blue going the long way.
Each strip should be 1.25 inches wide. I was able to just trace the width of the ruler, plus a smidge more.
Step 4: Fold your strips of felt in half, long ways. Cut little slits in the felt.
Cut on the folded edge. Your slits should not go all the way through! Try to make them fairly even, but it looks just fine if they are not even.
Step 5: Glue the white felt to the top of the skewer. Wrap it around the skewer and secure it with glue. Then repeat with blue felt.
I did NOT use all the white! The flowers just need a little white at the top. I didn’t quite use all the blue either. For both, I just trimmed it off when it looked like I had enough.
I glued the blue at the top, the about halfway through wrapping it, and then again at the bottom.
Cut leaves from green felt and glue them on.
And that’s all there is to it! A fun activity for a Texas spring!
Need more spring crafting ideas?
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