The Secret to Cutting Felt & Making Felt Storyboards for Preschoolers

I’m taking a curriculum class for Early Childhood Education this semester. For my final project, I have to turn in a curriculum box at the end of the semester, with quite a few felt/flannel story boards.

I was dreading this assignment, because the idea of cutting felt seemed like a long and tedious process.  However, while I was looking up ideas on Pinterest I ran across this fabulous tutorial on Make it Cozee that taught me the secret to cutting felt.

I’m so thankful that I found this tutorial! And now I’m obsessed with making these cute flannel/felt stories for my final project.  So don’t be surprised if you see more of these posts!

Supplies:

  • Felt (You can purchase small pieces at your local craft store.  If you plan on making quite a few flannel storyboards, I highly recommend finding a discount fabric store where you can purchase felt by the yard).
  • Freezer paper -This is the SECRET!! (you can find this at your local grocery store in the foil and plastic food wrap aisle).
  • Computer & Printer
  • Marker, pen, pencil (I used markers)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

 

Directions:

When it comes to creating a felt story board, you will want to find a pattern to print out.  Unless you are naturally artistic, then you can just draw your artwork directly onto the freezer paper.

I needed to make a birthday cake so I found this coloring page on DLTK’s Coloring page website.

With freezer paper there is a glossy side.  That is the side that you will iron onto the felt.

The side with the paper finish is where you want to trace the art.  Put your freezer paper on top of the photo that you printed out and trace it with a marker.

Next you will cut out the drawings and iron each piece onto the correct color of felt.  I wanted my cake you look like a chocolate cake so I ironed it onto a brown piece of felt.

See…..the freezer paper is now temporarily glued onto my felt.

Now you can cut out your shape.

And peel the freezer paper off.  One very COOL thing I learned is that you can REUSE the freezer paper.  So if you want to make 5 more cakes, then just iron the shape onto another piece of felt.  It will stick again!!

Here are all my cake pieces finished.  I hot glue gunned the flames to the candles, however it’s not necessary.

And here is the cake put together.

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Here’s a birthday song that I’ll be using with this felt storyboard in my classroom.

Five Birthday Candles
Song found on Jen in the Library

5 Birthday Candles
wish there were more
Blew out one,  (blow on candle)
then there were 4.

4 birthday candles,
pretty as can be.
Blow one out,  (blow on candle)
then there are 3.

3 birthday candles,
Hope my wish comes true.
Blow one out,  (blow on candle)
then there are 2.

2 birthday candles
Birthday cakes are fun
Blow one out,  (blow on candle)
Then there is 1.

1 birthday candle,
the party’s almost done.
Blow out one,  (blow on candle)
Then there are none.

 

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