5 Steps: How to Glue Felt to Wood
- Contact Cement – The most recommended kind is Weldwood Contact Cement. Using wood glue on felt might seem like the right answer, but it soaks through the felt and creates hard, uneven spots in the fabric.
- Foam Brush – to apply the glue
- An object to smooth out wrinkles – A roller works best for large areas, while a scraper or an old credit card would be better for smaller projects.
- Utility knife/Scissors – for trimming. Choose the tool most appropriate for the size of your project.
Step 2 – Measure and Cut the Felt
To get the dimensions just right, try tracing the area you want to cover with felt on to a piece of paper or cardboard and then use that as a pattern for how to cut your felt.
Test the fit of the felt with your project before applying glue in the next step.
Step 3 – Apply Glue
Apply the contact cement to the felt in very thin balls no bigger than the head of a pin.
This coat should be VERY thin to avoid the felt becoming oversaturated.
If you have cutout areas or a patterned felt, pay attention and make sure you are applying the contact cement to the appropriate side.
Using the same application method that you did for the felt, apply the contact cement to the wood. Again, all you need is a very thin coat.
Step 4 – Apply Pressure
Cautiously place the wet sides of the felt and the wood together, starting in one corner and moving outward. Be careful not to stretch the felt! Press gently with your hands to adhere, and then use a roller or scraper to smooth out the wrinkles.
Allow the glue to dry for at least ten minutes (or more, depending on your glue manufacturer’s instructions). Once the glue has dried, you can remove the heavy objects and the wax paper.
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Step 5 – Trim
Take some time to inspect your project, looking for any imperfections such as uneven edges or an overhang of felt. Use a utility knife or a pair of scissors to trim these edges evenly and create a finished look for your project.
If you were very careful to cut exactly the right size piece of felt for your project in Step 2, this step may be altogether unnecessary, meaning you did it in four steps instead of five! Great job!
You officially know how to glue felt to wood, and your options for future projects are limitless! Create stunning pieces of home décor or gifts for family and friends.
By following these five steps of how to glue felt to wood, you are now able to add to the quality of your woodworking projects and give any project a professional appearance.