A summery DIY that you can keep forever.

By Real Simple
Updated August 22, 2017

Can’t afford a trip to a tropical location? Or just want to be on island time all year-round? These DIY blooms will transport you to an exotic locale from the comfort of your own home, no passport required.

Designer, maker, and handcrafted lifestyle expert Lia Griffith shared her idea for felt hibiscus flowers with us. It’s a DIY that’s perfect for summer. These may look like the real thing, but they’re actually made of felt, which means there’s no green thumb (or TLC) required. All you need are pieces of colored felt, floral wire, and an art marker to complete this tropical creation. It will only take you an afternoon to infuse some island style into your house (even if you live miles and miles from the beach).

Download the patterns for the flowers here and go to liagriffith.com for more DIY ideas.

What You Need

  • Wool felt (blush pink, hot pink, yellow, green)
  • 18-gauge green cloth-covered floral wire
  • Pink art marker
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Small scissors (snips)
  • Low temperature hot glue gun
  • Straight pins
  • Wire cutters

Follow These Steps

  1. Trace and cut felt according to the pattern. Finely fringe the yellow piece for the stamen and the pink piece for the stamen 4 times. Use pinking shears on the curved side of the green half circle.
  2. Color the inner parts of the hibiscus petals with pink marker, dabbing excess ink off on a piece of scrap paper. Color the fringed end of the pink stamen on both sides.
  3. Tightly wrap the pink stamen center around the end of a length of green cloth wire and glue.
  4. Wrap and glue the yellow-fringed stamen around the center, just below the fringe of the pink piece, about two times. Ruffle the fringe outward.
  5. Color the center with pink marker.
  6. Space out and glue the petals evenly from the center of the flower, slightly overlapping each piece. Bend each petal outward.
  7. Form the green half circle into a cone and glue. Slip the end of the floral wire through the hole at the bottom and glue to the base of the flower.
  8. Glue the hibiscus leaves to the ends of more floral wires and bend.
  9. To add more to your felt hibiscus arrangement, you can make a palm leaf by wrapping and gluing the base of the skinny palm leaves around a length of floral wire, alternating sides.