Felt Board: How To Create Your Own

Create Your Own Felt Board

One thing Rory loves to play with at our local library is a felt board.  For weeks, I’ve been eyeing it up and have wanted to make one!

For those that are not familiar  what a felt board is, it’s just a board wrapped in felt.  But what makes it so special is that other pieces of felt stick to it.  So I thought this would be a good learning activity for shapes, colors, and letters.

This craft is extremely easy and does not require many materials!   It also does not take a long time, which is good if your child has a 5 second attention span like mine does!

My normal activities usually involve the kids in the “creating” process, but this is not an activity that the kids can help a lot with, but one that they will love to play with!

felt board suppliesMaterials:

  • Felt: one big piece for the board and scraps to cut out and use on the finished board (affiliate links)
  • Canvas: I bought a canvas at the hobby store.   I went for a bigger size but your can use any size you choose
  • Staple gun and staples

Lay out the big piece of felt on the floor and put the canvas upside down on the top of the felt. If you need to, cut around the felt so that there is only a few inches around the canvas.

canvas board on red felt

Starting with one side, wrap the felt around the canvas and use your staple gun to staple on the wood part of the canvas. Then take the opposite side and pull it tight. Lift up the felt around the canvas as you previously did, keeping the felt pulled tight, and staple it on the wood part of the canvas.

For the final two sides, I cut the corner excess off  so it would not bunch up when I wrapped the felt around the canvas. I stapled the 3rd side to the wood of the canvas and before stapling the final side I once again made sure the felt was pulled tight.

staple felt to board

Your done!   You now have a beautiful felt board!

little girl with diy felt board

I cut a bunch of shapes and letters out of my scraps of felt lying around for Rory to play with and she immediately went to town.   We matched colors, matched shapes and spelled out her name.   Its a great learning activity!

diy felt board

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10 Comments

  1. Lori Chevalier says:

    What a great idea and seems so easy to make too! Found you on Pinterest and plan to get the supplies and make one for my granddaughter this weekend and I already have loads of scraps for the various smaller shaped pieces. Thanks bunches! …..(PS…Your litttle girl, Rory, is adorable. She looks to be about the same age as my granddaughter and reminds me of her.)

  2. Adnan Husain says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to put this great idea up online so that others can benefit from it too. I think this is a truly wonderful idea and I hoping to make one for my daughter that will hopefully keep her busy long enough for her mom to get a short breather and retain her sanity. 🙂

    ps: Also, i completely agree with the previous post, your little one is very beautiful and has a very warm wonderful smile.

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