You can EASILY make a hanging bouquet for any season or occasion, whether it’s colorful flowers for spring, Autumn hues for Thanksgiving, or poinsettias for Christmas…make it your own! There is something so lovely about hanging bouquets. It’s such a fresh, new way to do floral home decor instead of the regular bunch in a vase.
Long story short…the white poppy anemones I ordered for my bridal bouquet didn’t happen, so that’s why I went with those flowers for my DIY hanging bouquet.
At first I tried making the flowers out of crepe paper streamers, and it looked nice at first, but after a while the white petals turned brown and the black centers faded.
Saddened by this continuing bouquet saga, I decided to redo it, in felt! I spread out the project over 3 days, because in the end it took about 30 flowers to cover. You can also just buy flowers, but it can get spendy, so if you’re making your own, I highly recommend 2 very important things:
- Using very sharp fabric scissors — your hands will hurt if not!
- A smaller foam ball — I used the 7.8″ size (about volleyball size), and it gets even bigger once the flowers are attached. You also won’t have to make as many flowers. The 6″ size would be a good way to go.
White Felt Sheets (about 8 – $0.23 each)
Black Felt Sheets (about 2 – $0.23 each)
Foam Ball (I recommend the 6″ size – $5)
Ribbon (color/size up to you…for handle. I used 1.5″ width leftover from my wedding)
Ceiling Hook or Floor Stand (to display)
Hot Glue Gun/Hot Glue Sticks
Fabric Scissors (make sure they are sharp!)
Printer/Paper/Paper Scissors (for pattern)
Get my free pattern here! I carefully designed it to capture the stunning look of the poppy anemone with white stamen (filaments) that are black at the anthers (ends), which gives the black center a kind of glow.
I carefully designed it to capture the stunning look of the poppy anemone with white stamen (filaments) that are black at the anthers (ends), which gives the black center a kind of glow.
To make a flower…
White felt: Cut 5 petals (save the small scrap pieces) & 2 stamen (larger rectangle pattern)
Black felt: Cut 1 center (circle pattern) & 2 stamen (smaller rectangle pattern)
Roll a few tiny scrap pieces of felt in a ball (about 1/2″ diameter) and wrap the center piece around it, gluing closed. Buying stuffing is completely unnecessary when you can use what you already have!
Glue each black rectangle to each white rectangle on the long edge. Fold the black piece over the white edge and glue down. Clip every 1/8″ (starting from the black side), stopping about 1/4″ from the edge so it remains one piece. This makes 2 sets of stamen.
Glue one stamen to the center, then glue on the second stamen.
Apply about 1/4″ of glue vertically up from the bottom (straight edge) of a petal, then pinch together leaving 1/4″ on each side. Repeat with other 4 petals, then glue to center piece.
Cut your desired length of ribbon and glue it around the ball. This gives it the needed support to hang. If you’d like a bow at the top, account for that length as well. Hot glue can melt the foam so you may need to hold in place for about 30 seconds as it sets. If your glue gun has a lower heat setting, use that instead of the high heat.
Glue flowers to the ball. I started with 4 at the top (around the ribbon), then 8 for the next row, and kept filling in from there.
Isn’t it gorgeous? What’s your favorite flower? Let me know how your hanging bouquet turns out with a comment, and happy spring to you!