This is a true crafty craft. Notice the presence of felt AND hot glue.
Elise needed an Easter basket. Finding a basket was easy enough, but it was a little plain for an Easter basket. I wanted to embellish it, but needed to do something that wouldn't get torn apart immediately in baby's hands. Felt seemed to fit the bill nicely: cheap, durable and easy to work with.
I scrounged a variety of lids and other circular items to trace circles on the felt with a pen. (I tried using both a pencil and a compass, but neither one was working well.)
Then I cut out the circles, trying my best to cut off the parts with ink on them.
For each circle, I folded it over into a taco shape and cut a tiny slit at the fold.
I was careful not to cut the slit too big so the flower centers wouldn't pull through.
I found the flower centers at Hobby Lobby in the bridal section. I'm not exactly sure what they are supposed to be used for, but they sort of look like Q-tips made of pearl and wire.
I cut the pearl off one of the ends.
Then I inserted the wires into the smallest circle through the slit,
and added the other circles one at a time, from smallest to largest.
On some of the flowers, I added a leaf on the very back of the flower.
Next I pulled the wires taut and added a glob of hot glue to keep them from slipping out the front of the flower.
After the glue was cool, I cut the excess wire off. The wires weren't long enough to use them to tie the flowers to the basket, so I hot glued them to the basket instead.
Elise gave the basket a test and it passed. She picked it up by the flowers a couple of times and everything held together.
The rundown? Basket: on hand. Five sheets of felt: $1.25. Pearly Q-tips I used for floral centers: 74 cents. Total cost: $1.99 with plenty of leftover supplies.