How to make your own felt board:
- Some kind of wooden board, any size. I used a 18x24 inch bulletin board I got at a garage sale for $2, which offered a nice frame, but it can be any board. If you're gifting this to small people, consider the weight of the board. (I don't recommend foam core--it warps with heat or moisture.)
- Felt - if you want bigger pieces than felt squares (available in a ton of colors at the fabric store), you can find a more limited selection of colors on the bolt. Think of the scenes you'll want to create. I bought dark green, brown, and light blue off the bolt and all other colors in squares.
- Elmer's glue
- Cheap 2" paintbrush
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Shoebox with lid or large ziploc bag
- Measure your board and cut a piece of felt (best if it's a neutral color, so it can fit most scenes) to that size.
- Cover your board in glue, then use the paintbrush to brush it over the entire surface evenly
- Lay the large cut rectangle of felt over the glue and press gently to work out bubbles/wrinkles. (It's helpful to have another pair of hands for this step.)
- While that dries, cut out every shape, small to large, that you can imagine!
- Put the dried board and shapes within easy reach of whoever will use it.
- Store all your shapes in the box or bag when not in use.