I enjoy making some larger felt pieces but flimsy felt drives me crazy! And can be super frustrating for tiny hands trying to place felt pieces on a flannel board.
I did a little research on how to stiffen felt. Basically, you can dip your felt in school glue/water solution and wait for it to dry before using it; you can use corn starch (homemade, which smells, or store bought) which requires you to spray, then iron and then you can use it. Neither of these were ideal for me because it is just too many steps! I needed something that I could spray and air dry after my felt piece was complete. Like a finishing spray. My searching led me to try hairspray which worked great and dried super fast. But after a few uses, the scent and aerosol started to give me headaches and then my nostrils started sticking together! Hahaha!
That is when I decided to try Aleene’s Stiffen Quik! You just spray generously and let dry for an hour or so. I usually place pieces flat on a board in front of a fan to dry faster but the difference is amazing! Watch the magic happen below!