Handmade Christmas, Part 1 {or felt flower broaches for an aunt}

Moving so far from family has added a HUGE cost to this year's Christmas. This left our gift giving budget at an almost non-existant level. That, coupled with the desire to give meaningful presents has lead me to hand make many of our gifts. I plan on sharing these gifts over the next couple of weeks.

First up is a gift for one of my husband's aunts. She is in her mid fifties and often found in seasonally themed sweatshirts and broaches. So, I decided to run with the broach theme.

I picked up a pack of pins with flat fronts at Joann's using a 50% off coupon {Hint: Joann's takes competitors' coupons. I'm sure all you savvy crafters already knew this, but I just got the memo!}. Then, I went to town. I used felt scraps I had on hand. So, this cost be about $1.50 {It probably would be around $3 if you had to buy felt}.

Pinterest is full of felt flower tutorials. I found this one to make this dahlia. I wanted another row, but cut my foundation circle too small. Next time, I'll lay it out before I glue {well...maybe}.

Since I had leftover petals from the dahlia and I was too lazy to cut out another color {I mean, she really likes purple}, she gets two purple flowers! This one was just all the petals strung together and then glued onto a center circle. 

And now I brag. I made a pretty awesome poinsettia. I'm loving my poinsettia. In fact, I think i'll be making more of these to decorate the house with!

I can't take credit for this little guy. I got these shapes pre-cut from Marie May Favorites' Etsy shop. She had amazing prices on fold over elastic and was wonderful to work with so I added some precut shapes to the mix. I'm really glad I did!

I'd love to know what you're making for your friends and family for Christmas! Leave a link in the comments, please :)

Come party with me!


  1. these are soo pretty:D I'm lovin the poinsettia flower.. I am going to make one of these. thanks for sharing:D

  2. Loving all the darling felt flowers I'm seeing lately. Looks great and easy enough for me to try so thanks for the tut, gonna give it a try (going on my list of must-dos)

    Visiting from TT & J linky party!
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

  3. So Pretty! Love this idea! I'd love for you to link up to my Homemade in December Link Carnival.


  4. These look fantastic.

    I'd love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-friday.html

  5. So lovely!! I'm making goodies and ornaments! :)
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

  6. These are so pretty...