DIY Flannel Board

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DIY Flannel Board
Felt shapes, such as this carrot, will stick to the flannel without any adhesive. (orange carott made of felt image by pmphoto from

Flannel fabric will stick to flannel or felt. The fuzzy surface of the flannel will hold up small pieces of felt or paper pictures with a felt backing. Flannel boards are great for telling stories by moving paper figures around the board to illustrate the action. They are also a clean, safe art medium. Children can create pictures by arranging small shapes of coloured felt on the board.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Foam core board, 24 inches by 30 inches
  • Flannel fabric, 26 inches by 32 inches
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Felt
  • Pictures

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  1. 1

    Lay the flannel right-side-down on a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Center the foam core board on the flannel.

  3. 3

    Run a line of glue down one long side of the board, 1/2 inch from the edge. Stop 1 inch from each corner.

  4. 4

    Fold the edge of the flannel over the edge of the board, onto the glue. Glue down the opposite side in the same way; stretch the flannel tightly.

  5. 5

    Glue down the other two sides in the same way.

  6. 6

    Cut off the corners of the flannel ,1/2 inch from the point. Fold in each corner at a 45-degree angle. Glue down the folded edges on the back of the board. The folded edges should just touch each other, forming a mitred corner.

  7. 7

    Glue 1-inch strips of felt on the back of the pictures you wish to place on the board. Cut shapes from felt to place on the board.

Tips and warnings

  • Black flannel will make the pictures stand out.
  • You may cover the board with felt instead of flannel.
  • Do not use flannel for the shapes; the edges will unravel.
  • You can make smaller flannel boards for individual play.

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