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.
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Things you need
- Foam core board, 24 inches by 30 inches
- Flannel fabric, 26 inches by 32 inches
- Glue gun
Lay the flannel right-side-down on a flat surface.
Center the foam core board on the flannel.
Run a line of glue down one long side of the board, 1/2 inch from the edge. Stop 1 inch from each corner.
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.
Glue down the other two sides in the same way.
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.
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.