When my grandson arrived I asked him if he would like to play with a felt board. He ran right into my studio and took it from my hands and put it on the table in the porch and sat and played longer than I have seen him sit to do anything before, at my house!
So naturally I wanted to do anything I could to prolong and enhance his enjoyment...deciding to make some pieces in a different theme, that could also work on the board. After looking over the many articles and blog posts on DYI Felt Boards, I came up with the fact that not only felt works to adhere with friction to the board, but flannel and Pellon (stiff interfacing) works too. I have several yards of Timtex interfacing left from other projects. So here is what I did:
|First I decided my theme would be the farm. Using my Cricut Gypsy, I found items that work for my theme. I didn't worry about sizes, just having them all on one sheet to cut out on a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock for patterns.|
|Here are some of my patterns!|
|I traces and cut the figures out of the Timtex and added detail with black marker.|
|They looked too white, so I colored them with markers and added details with dimensional paint. I was thinking of painting the figure, but I didn't have the right colors in fabric paint!|
|Here are more Timtex figures added and painted with acrylic or fabric paints. The board is from one of the sets I bought at Michaels.|
Here is how to make your own background flannel board.
|Items you need to make your own flannel background board.|
|Flannel wrapped around art canvas.|
|Green felt for scenery stays in place on flannel board.|
|Flannel board I made with my Timtex interfacing figures, works really well.|