Making a Felt Board

 

If you’re one of my regular readers, you might remember our downstairs cardboard play area…  When it got remodeled I wound up taking down the wall with the makeshift felt board I had hot glued to it…

Since the kids really liked playing with the felt pieces I had made, and my daughter LOVES playing with the felt dolls that I made to entertain the kids while driving on vacation, I really wanted to make a new (and better) felt board.

I had a couple cheap picture frames in the mess under our basement stairs.  I decided they would make wonderful felt boards!

I assembled the necessary materials:  picture frames, large pieces of felt (my husband had some industrial grade felt in the garage I washed to use for this project – I love using what’s on hand!), scissors, and hot glue gun. how to make a felt board

I started by taking apart the old frame.  This one had a plastic cover, but if it has a glass cover, be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect little one’s fingers!

I cut the piece of felt to be approximately 1 inch larger than the frame’s cardboard on all sides.  Then I cut out square notches at the corners. how to make a felt board After cutting the felt accordingly, I used the hot glue gun to fold and glue the felt to the cardboard piece.  how to make a felt board Once the glue was set, I put the cardboard back into the frame, using the frame’s clips to hold it in place.

Since I had 2 identical frames, I made a second board so each of my little ones has their own felt board.  They love to retell fairy tales using the pieces we had from the old felt board.  how to make a felt board

I also made a few cars and trucks for Monkey…and a table and other accessories for Peanut to set up “house” for the felt dolls.

It’s quickly become a favorite activity for quiet time, and since they’re portable they can go in the car for long trips.

So there you have it, and quick and easy felt board to entertain little ones for hours!

 

 

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  1. What a wonderful idea!! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!

    1. Thanks for hosting Sharing Saturday!

  2. Very nice felt board!! I just made one for my kiddo.. but I didn’t think about putting a frame on it… clever :)

    MiaB
    http://www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

    1. Thanks. I was trying to make sure they’d last with my little boy…lol. And, like I said, I just stumbled upon these frames in the basement – ones someone gave me that were pretty cheap.

  3. a winner!! every kid would like this.

  4. Great Idea and Lovely!!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

    1. Thanks for hosting it!

  5. So clever! I may have to do that!

    1. It was really easy, too, which I love. :) My little one asks for the felt board every day near quiet time.

  6. Fantastic! Felt dolls are awesome and Amanda can help design their clothes.
    Love it!

  7. My 3-year old son got a Thomas the Train felt board for Christmas. One day, as I was cooking, he colored with black crayon on it. I have tried to clean it with a baby wipe, but I am afraid to use anything harsher in case in makes it worse. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    1. Hmmm…. I haven’t had to deal with that one yet – usually the crayon is on something where I can use the Magic Eraser on it. I wonder if that would work on felt??

  8. I love this idea! This is great. I can think of so many games for children with this.
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  9. Looks like a fun and useful toy! Quiet too!
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  10. You are brilliant! I have old picture frames!! Why have I never thought to use them to make a felt board! Thank you!!
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    1. I don’t know about brilliant — thrifty maybe? :)
      We’ve had our boards for years and they still enjoy them.

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