I’ve been slowly putting together Owen’s room (It’s taken me three years…) and I’ve had trouble finding cute decor to hang on his wall that matches the theme to his room. I love the woodland theme, and most of it at the store is pretty cheesy looking… Thank God for Hobby Lobby and their ADORABLE wall art! I took it upon myself to make some of the art, and today I saw a cute little felt wall hanging and thought, “Hey! I could make something like that for Owen’s wall!”. Finally piecing it all together for the finished look.
So, here are the instructions to make this super cute felt cactus wall hanging! I. Love. It.
Some of the stuff I already had on hand, but isn’t that the best part about being crafty?! You always have at least part of the items that you need. And also it makes you that much more excited to finally use things that have been waiting in the closet!
Stuff you need:
1 black sheet of felt
1 yellow sheet of felt
White pom cording
Dowel (or stick, or whatever you’d like)
Measuring stick or tape
And a paper and pencil to draw a cactus template
First, plug your glue gun in and let that heat up. Then, you’ll want to take your yellow felt and fold it hotdog style. This cactus hanging is very small, so you only need one sheet. Unless you want to make yours bigger you’ll need more. Your felt will stay folded the whole time.
Measure across about 5 ½ inches and cut down at that mark, then toss the extra end aside, you won’t need that part.
I kind of eyed this part, but you can mark your felt to know where to cut. Find the middle at the bottom and then just cut the corners off. Try and match each side.
For my hanging, I did things a little backward. Hey, that’s how you learn! I glued the front of the felt to the back piece, and then did things from there. If you WANT to try and do this part differently, I would suggest glueing and sewing the cactus on the front piece before you glue the front and back yellow felt together. That way, after you’re finished you won’t have white thread showing on the back. I didn’t mind my white thread showing because nobody will see that part. So I felt okay about doing it the way I did.
Anyway, moving on.
Next I cut my dowel down to 6 inches long. (I used a saw I had in the shed because I’m old fashioned and don’t have many tools) I slid my dowel in between the felt fold and measured where I wanted to glue. I just put a dot or two down and stuck the dowel right on it and made sure it was folded correctly still.
After that I glued small dots down the sides of the felt just to keep it secure. Once I glued the sides, I grabbed my white pom cord and measured how much I needed (approx. 5-6 in) and put a thin layer of glue down where the cord will go, and I laid the cord down. I cut my cord in half so I wouldn’t have a little bunch at the point, from bending it.
Here’s where I cut my cactus template out. I didn’t use a special template, I just free handed one.
Pin your cactus paper onto the black felt for easier maneuvering, and cut that little sucker out.
I glued my cactus down with just a few dots of glue, onto my yellow felt. Next I hand sewed around the edges just for a cute finished look. I used my sewing machine to do one straight line across the top near the dowel, but if I were to do this project again I would just hand stitch a line there with the thicker white thread. It was harder to use my sewing machine for this, and now the lines don’t match very well. But, now I know! And I still love my little cactus hanging!
I had a small area on Owen’s wall in the corner that needed some love, so I glued some gray twine to the dowel and hung it up. It’s so small but it was the perfect size for the wall and it gives his room just a little more color.
I hope you have fun making this craft! It took me maybe an hour total from start to finish and I would totally make another one!