When I first started my Peter Rabbit play set, I knew I’d want to create a mini felt rose bush. I was going to make Mr.Mcgreggor’s garden, and a classic English garden just has to have roses. I wanted to share how I made this little bush. It’d be adorable in a dollhouse setting, like I did. But it would also be super cute in a tiny saucer on your desk.
Today, I’ll guide you through the process of creating your very own mini felt rose bush, using simple materials and easy-to-follow steps. All you’ll need is some wool felt (I used pink and green), a 2 inch styrofoam ball and hot glue. So, grab your scissors and let’s get started on this delightful craft project.
Create a Mini Felt Rose Bush
- Pink wool felt
- Green wool felt
- hot glue gun
- Free Rose Bush Pattern (Click here to download)
You can watch me make the roses in action in the video above, or check out the written instructions below.
Cutting Beautiful Spirals from Pink Felt
We’ll begin by cutting the spirals to create your stunning roses.
Download and print the free Rose Bush Pattern. You’ll find a spiral shape for the roses, and a leaf shape. Use the Rose shape to cut 16 pink spirals out of felt. Don’t worry about making it perfectly even or symmetrical – the charm of these felt roses lies in their organic and whimsical shapes.
Once you have a stack of spirals, you’re ready to move on to the next step: forming stunning roses.,
Forming Stunning Roses
To transform those spirals into beautiful roses, start by taking a spiral and tightly rolling it from the outer end. As you roll, add a thin line of glue to hold the rose together. Be sure to keep the bottom edge aligned, allowing the rose to take shape naturally. Don’t worry about imperfections or irregularities; they only add character to your creation.
As you continue rolling, you’ll notice your rose forming and evolving into a three-dimensional masterpiece. The tightly rolled center will become the heart of your rose, while the outer edges will gracefully unfurl, resembling delicate petals. Feel free to experiment with different tightness and looseness of the roll, as it will result in varying sizes and shapes of roses.
Now, repeat the rolling process with the rest of your spirals.
Adding Green Felt Leaves
With your newly formed roses, you’re ready to add the leaves.
To create the leaves, start by cutting out leaf shapes from green felt using the free leaf template. You’ll want to cut one leaf for each rose, plus a few extras- so about 18-20.
Once you have your leaf shapes cut out, it’s time to glue the leaves to the roses. Glue one leave on the bottom of each rose, pinching the leaf to create a bit of dimension.
Securing the Roses onto a Styrofoam Ball
Take your two inch styrofoam ball and press on side flat so it will sit on the table without rolling around. Glue your roses all around the ball, leaving the bottom empty. If there are any empty spots that aren’t covered by roses, use your extra leaves to fill the spot.