How to Make a Flannel Board
Although I sell wonderful pre-printed educational felt boards and story figures through the home party business, Story Time Felts, I have found that making my own small plain flannel boards is a great way to present our product as gifts for hostesses or giveaways at home parties. Since children of all ages love working with felt and flannel board stories, I thought I’d share how to make a great flannel board gift. You can make your own felt figures or purchase some through Story Time Felts, but making your own plain felt board of any size is easy and economical! I am showing you how to make a “lap board” here, suitable for individual stories, but you can use the same techniques to make larger flannel boards for home or classroom. If you have any questions, let me know! Also, if you have your own ideas for making flannel boards or accessories, please add them to the Comments section! This is just one example of the many creative ideas I’ve seen out there!
How to Make a Flannel Board
Stiff board, about 9″ x 12″ for a lap board. I used Coroplast but double walled cardboard (or 2 pieces glued together), masonite, or any other firm board works, too.
Fabric – flannel or felt, about 1.5 to 2 inches wider than your board
Adhesive: I really recommend 3M’s 777 Multipurpose Spray Adhesive
Plastic wrap, 18 inch width
Position your board on your fabric to make sure the sides are about evenly cut.
Lift off the board and lightly spray the back of the fabric with the spray glue, then lay the board down again, centered where you want it.
Fold up the straight edged sides of the fabric and smooth down across the back edges, leaving the corners to meet up and form “bunny ears.”
Take your scissors and snip off the “bunny ears” on each corner as close to the flannel board as you can. This will leave you with a nice mitered corner which will be flat.
All 4 corners cut. It is OK if they are not perfect! The front is what matters most. LOL
Using packing tape, tape down the straight edges on all 4 sides of the back of the flannel board. The spray glue will help the fabric stick but the tape is a little extra reinforcement. If you are just using the flannel board yourself, you are done! Flip it over and have some fun! The following steps are for wrapping it up as a gift with felt board story figures.
The following steps are if you are presenting this as a gift with felt board story figures. I am using the Story Time Felts figures for Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? which will be a donation for a local fundraiser silent auction. Take the roll of plastic wrap and put it at one end of the table and unroll at least twice the length of the flannel board you are wrapping.
Lay your finished flannel board on the plastic wrap toward one end and lay out your felt story figures. You may want to insert text of the story or other information under the back side of the flannel board. As a Story Time Felts Consultant, I am sure to insert my catalog and contact information at this step, but I omitted that in these pictures.
Bring the other end of the plastic wrap over the top of the flannel board to meet the other side, then cut with scissors, with 1 to 2 inches left on the side to wrap tightly to the underside of the flannel board.
After pulling the cut side of the plastic wrap tightly and sticking it on the back, pull the top and then the bottom of the plastic wrap and stick it to the back on those edges. This gives the front of your flannel board gift a nice finished look.
The back of your wrapped flannel board will be covered and can be taped down if you wish.
Voila! Your beautiful flannel board gift is ready to present to one lucky child! For suggestions for great felt board story figures, be sure to visit my Story Time Felts website. Our Figures to Tell collection works especially well with this sized board and do not already come with a flannel board to use. Have fun and please leave us suggestions or comments!