Homemade for the Holidays #22: Homemade Flannel Board

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A homemade flannel board would make a cute gift for a younger child.  This would be a fun, inexpensive gift to make that can be individualized for the specific child you are making it for.  The ideas are endless!  Have fun!

From Diane Hurst’s Fuzzle Family Felt Pattern Set eBook


You will need:

  • A sturdy piece of plywood, cardboard or posterboard
  • A piece of flannel large enough to cover the board
  • Duct tape (or a staple gun or upholstery tacks if using plywood)
  • Felt squares to make shapes and other cut-outs

What to do:

  • Wrap the piece of flannel around the board you have chosen.
  • Secure all edges around the back side with the duct tape, staples or tacks.
  • If you want, make a pocket on the back of the board using a strip of flannel attached on the bottom and sides, leaving the top open to put the flannel pieces in.

The flannel board doesn’t have to be large to be effective.  A 1 x 1 foot square is big enough for little hands and can also travel in the car, or you can make a larger board for use at home.

You can find scrap pieces of felt or fabric squares, which are very inexpensive at a fabric store, hobby shop or local discount store.

Try starting out with “easier” concepts like shapes and colors, and then move on to numbers, letters and animals.  I just LOVE Diane Hurst’s Fuzzle Family Felt Pattern Set!   If you are looking for something a little more detailed (like the figures in the picture above), you must check out Diane’s Fuzzle Family Felt!

You can also color images from coloring books or use pictures from magazines.  Just mount these on some posterboard or sturdy paper and hot glue some small squares of sandpaper to the back so that it will stick to the flannel board.

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