BY NANCY BURKE

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A bright and colorful framed flower cluster is actually a “not-so-hidden” Mickey!

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For this project, I used sheets of craft felt in a variety of bright colors to make my flowers, added them to the red polka dot paper and placed them inside a vintage frame that I painted a bright white.

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Following the patterns above, I cut out my flower petal layers, centers, leaves and base.

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I used an embroidery needle and embroidery floss to add a running stitch along the bottom edge of each flower petal layer, spacing my stitching about 1/4” apart.

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Once I had stitched the entire length of the felt, I gathered the ends together and tied the embroidery floss in a knot to secure. This formed my first flower petal layer.

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I repeated this with the other 6 flower petal layers.

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To create the pompom flower center, start at one end of felt strip and roll tightly.

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Secure edge with a small dab of hot glue.

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For the rose flower center, begin rolling the outer edge (narrow end) of felt toward the center of the circle.

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When you have finished rolling, tuck end under and secure with hot glue.

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Assemble flower petal layers as shown and secure with hot glue.

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Attach the round flower base to the bottom of each flower.

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Make a layered bow using ribbon, and gather layered flower petals, flower centers and leaves for the final assembly.

Layer each flower as shown and secure the flower centers with glue.

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Attach the polka-dot patterned paper to the backer board inside the frame.

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Lay your flowers and leaves onto your patterned paper inside the frame and adjust til you are happy with the design.

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Pinch ends of leaves, add a drop of hot glue and tuck in between flowers and under flower petals.

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Although I made these flowers out of brightly colored felt, there are countless colors of both synthetic and natural wool felt that can be used to match any décor.

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This whimsical flower Mickey is perfect anywhere you need a punch of color and is sure to make any Disney fan smile.