Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another Giveaway, and a Felt board tutorial

***this giveaway is now closed***

Sierra is all about stories lately! We read a lot of books at home. At daycare she enjoys the flannel stories the teachers tell her, and playing with the story pieces to make up her own stories so I thought it was time for her to have her own board from home.

To make this felt board you will need:
A canvas board (your choice of size, I used one which was 20 X 16 inches)
A single piece of felt to cover your canvas and overlap to be stapled to the back
Staple gun and staples
Wide ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue
Felt for back pocket

First lay your large piece of felt out on a flat surface. Place your canvas on top of it and trim around it leaving about a 1 1/2 to 2 inch allowance on each side.

Turn your canvas over and put a single staple in the middle of each side. Be sure to pull the felt taunt as you staple it to avoid sags in your felt piece. (Also be sure to keep your staples in the centre of the board. Don't get to close to the edge or the ribbon might not cover it later)
After there is one staple in each side you can begin to gradually put in more staples on either side, Again, pull the felt taunt as you go. DO NOT do one complete side at a time. Do a few staples on each side, turning as you go so the felt lays evenly on your canvas. Continue stapleing until all side are stapled and only the corners are left.
To do the corners, I folded in the flaps, trimmed with scissors and stapled them down.
When all for of your corners are done, using scissors trim the sides of the felt so it does NOT over lap the wood.
Next using some wide ribbon, cover the back of the boards to tidy up the staples. This step does not need to be done but it does finish off the board nicely.
Next Cut a pices of felt to fit inside the back of your board. Hot glue the felt to the board on 3 sides, leaving one side open to store your felt pieces in.
Now your board is ready to be used. Turn it over and have fun telling your favourite stories!
As another giveaway in celebration of getting my newspaper flowers on One Crafty Place I am giving away this story that is pictured above. It is called Mushroom in the Rain. It is the perfect springtime story, especially for those of you, like me, who love mushrooms and woodland creatures. This story also has a great message to your children about cooperation.

This felt story was made by my eldest daughter Meadow who sells on Etsy as A11ThatJazz. If you would like to be entered into this giveaway be sure to check out Meadow's shop at Etsy, come back and leave me a comment here about which item of hers, you like the best. It's that simple. Contest is open until 5th as I will be going out of town next week and will do the draw when I return.

Good luck everyone!

I also found these other felt board ideas

JCasa Handmade I love how she used scrap felt pieces to make story pieces for her child

Adventures with Mimi I love how she made hers into an easel!