Make Your Own Felt Board (Tutorial)

Making your own felt board (or flannel board) is very easy and inexpensive. You can do it in about 15 minutes and need only a few supplies.  Here’s how to make your own felt board for home or school!

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How to make a felt board or flannel board- easy tutorial!

We use felt boards (or flannel boards) often for retelling stories, creating our own stories, or building designs and pictures with felt shapes. They’ve been a great addition to our home, and I used them often in my kindergarten and first grade classroom. Here’s how to make your own in just 15 minutes!

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DIY Felt Board

Materials for Homemade Felt Board


Directions for Homemade Felt Board

1. Place your cork board on the floor. Lay your piece of felt over the board, lining up two of the sides exactly.

2. Use the push pins to hold your felt in place.

3. Use scissors to cut off large pieces of the extra felt.

Homemade Felt Board Tutorial~ Buggy and Buddy

Homemade Felt Board Tutorial~ Buggy and Buddy


4. Use your X-ACTO knife to cut your felt into the perfect shape, running it right down the inside edge of the frame.


Homemade Felt Board Tutorial~ Buggy and Buddy


5. Find a well ventilated area to spray on your adhesive. I placed my felt (back-side up) on some newspaper outside. Spray your adhesive, being sure to cover the entire piece.


Homemade Felt Board Tutorial~ Buggy and Buddy


6. Place your felt (sticky side down) onto the cork board, lining it up as perfectly as you can. (If you are doing a large board, you may want an extra pair of hands to help with this part.)


Homemade Felt Board Tutorial~ Buggy and Buddy


7. Go around the edges tugging and pushing the felt until it lines up nicely with the framed edge. Rub your hands across the whole board to help the felt adhere to the cork board. Use the X-ACTO to trim off any little parts that neat to be cleaned up.


8. Let it dry and it’s ready to go!


Homemade Felt Board Tutorial~ Buggy and Buddy

You can even make your own felt pieces to go with some of your favorite stories like we did with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. You’ll just need some craft felt in a variety of colors, good scissors, and some glue.

Lucy and I went through the story, and I cut out the items we needed from felt. She helped me glue them together and use a Sharpie to draw on some details. Such a fun activity to do together!

 Homemade Felt Board Tutorial~ Buggy and Buddy

Here’s how we made felt pieces to go with Eric Carle’s The Mixed Up Chameleon. The post includes free templates for the pieces.


the mixed-up chameleon felt set (free pattern)


Store your felt pieces in a large baggie with the corresponding book and keep it next to your felt board for kids to explore.

You can also buy pre-made sets or even felt shapes kids can use to create designs and pictures!


How to make a felt board or flannel board- easy tutorial!


DIY Felt Board: Here's an easy tutorial for making your own flannel board for home or the classroom! Great for retelling stories or creating! ~


  1. Great tutorial! I am obsessed with all things felt, as you know 😉 Maybe we should join feltaholics anonymous together 😉

  2. Thank you for this timely post! I just bought a pack of felt at the craft store today with the intention of making a felt board this week, so you’re tips couldn’t have come at a better time for me!:)

  3. This is awesome! I have been wanting to make a felt board, but I had no idea how easy it could be. On my to do list!

  4. I loved playing with a felt board when I was a child. Thanks for the great tutorial. I never thought about it being that easy to make one. I am pinning this post.

  5. Very cute!

  6. Thanks so much for linking this craft on Tutorial Thursdays linky party 🙂 A great tutorial, I have pinned it onto our tutorial board HERE If you are interested, I would love to have you over as a guest blogger to feature a craft tutorial of yours 🙂
    I look forward to seeing what you will share with us next week.
    Marigolds’ Loft

  7. Chelsey, this is wonderful! I love felt. Great tutorial. Sharing and pinning!

  8. What a clever idea to use a notice board!
    My little one has just discovered a big love for felt board play and he’d love this set, I think I make it for him for Christmas!

  9. I love this tutorial. My husband has a cork board that he never uses and I’m gonna try and snag it out of his work area for a felt board 😉
    I featured this as a part of my hands on literacy ideas for mom’s library this week at ready-set-read. Thanks for linking up.

  10. Mary Ellen says:

    Thanks so much for the easy instructions! I made a patch board for all of my husbands military patches, turned out great!


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