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It is time again for Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, and I have made a deer head wall art with felt roses that I can’t wait to show you. This challenge is one of my favorite challenges to be involved in. It is where my blogging friends who think like I do pick up something at the thrift store and turn it into something beautiful and useful.
I usually have some idea of what I want to create when I make my shopping trip. I have been seeing all kinds of art made with felt roses and I think they are so pretty. I googled “wall art with felt flowers” and saw so many pretty things and my creativity went wild. I thought that I would do something different and make a deer head with the felt flowers. Well, I wanted roses instead of flowers also.
I knew that I wanted to make some roses in a cream or off-white color, and I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to find felt at the store. I first looked in the bins for felt and could not find any so I went to the scarfs and found a perfect cream colored scarf that looked like it had never been used. People donate things that they have bought or received as gifts and never used so you can usually find things in perfect condition.
People also donate leftover material from their craft projects or sewing projects often. I usually grab up remnants when I find them in material that I would use later. I love using material that cost under $1 for my projects because if I mess up, it’s no big deal. So I knew I would have fabric at home to use.
Now I need something to put my art on. I wanted something wood, so I searched the store for something to use. I could not find any leftover scrap wood but I did find this tray. I see these trays all the time and I have no idea what they were used for. I checked to make sure I could remove the handles and then I threw it in my cart. The tray was $2, the scarf was $2, and I had thrift store fabric at home.
I cleaned my board well with soap and water. I removed the handle which left me with four small holes. I added a small amount of wood putty to the holes and painted the putty brown with some craft paint after the putty had dried.
I picked out my fabric scrap, and I thought a plastic coat hanger might make a perfect template for my deer antlers (I ended up changing fabric from this gray to a striped fabric). I placed the hanger on my striped fabric and traced out the antlers. I added another horn on the end. I cut out the fabric and used hot glue to secure it to the board.
The reason I use hot glue is that it is easy to remove if you make a mistake. You can lift it up and peel the glue off and start over.
I used a 2-inch wide measuring cup to trace my circles for the roses. You can use anything round like a bowl or a lid. I actually got two circles out of each cut because the scarf has two layers of fabric.
I cut a spiral shape out of my circle and rolled it into a rose. Super Easy!
Start at the end and roll the felt up.
The rolled felt will start to resemble a rose.
Roll it all the way to the end.
Glue the end of the rose to the end of the felt.
I use liquid stitch glue because it is incredibly durable. You can use any glue or even hot glue for this project. Be careful not to burn your fingers if you use hot glue.
I glued each rose to the board with hot glue, and I found that it was easy to make the roses stand up using the hot glue. I am so excited with the way the deer head wall art with felt roses turned out.