Durable travel felt board

finished foam core felt board

I’ve made file folder travel felt boards in the past, but for our most recent road trip I wanted a felt board that could take a beating. My very first blog post was a tutorial on how to use a foam core board to make a flannel/felt board. That foam core board is still standing after nearly two years of being used by my children in all sorts of ways, so I decided to use foam core board for this project as well.

making a foam core board felt board

Foam core board comes in all sorts of sizes, but it’s cheapest as a simple poster board, so that’s what we bought. I used a kitchen knife (someday I will aquire an exacto knife) to cut it into six pieces, and then cut grey fleece into slightly larger pieces. Felt sticks to fleece nicely, and the stretchiness of fleece makes it an ideal board covering material.

I trimmed the corners, then folded the edges over and taped them down using duct tape:

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I wasn’t striving for elegance, but you could actually make this look quite nice with a little care and fancy decorative duct tape. My kids are thrilled with their flannel boards; they particularly enjoy using them as beds (!) for their bears. Perhaps I should have titled this post “How to make a durable travel felt board/bear bed”?

Comments

  1. amandab says

    What a great idea! Not so sure about taking our felt into the car though as Princess is a little clumsy and seems to be constantly dropping things, then wails at me to pick it up! I am sure she would love this though :)

  2. says

    Great idea. If I have time, I will make some to add to our travel bags for our Sept trip to PA. Trading between this and magnet board cookie sheets will be fun for the kids!

  3. says

    Thanks! I have a roll up felt board but this one looks much more sturdy. I also didn’t know that felt stuck to fleece and I have leftover fleece from halloween costumes. Thanks for sharing your templates. I usually just use my sister’s cricut to cut things out but she doesn’t have the paper dolls. So this will be a big help.

    • maryanne says

      @Jackie – We use the roll up ones sometimes, too, but my kids really like the fact that they can sit with the foam core board on their laps and it stays flat =)

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