How to Make a Flannel Board Box

how to make a flannel board

When I was about 3 years old, I had a Sunday School teacher, Fern Peterson, who always told us flannel board stories. I loved her and all her stories.

Turns out, flannel board stories still work! I know this because, well, I tell a lot of them and kids are super, duper engaged.

For many years, I had a standard flannel board that I would use and it worked just fine. But then, one of my teachers made me a FLANNEL BOARD BOX!

I haven’t looked back. This thing is so snazzy! It allows me to be mobile at circle time and not stuck to one spot like by the book shelf where the flannel board has been glued.

With my mobile flannel board, if (ok, when) my friends start fooling around on the other side of the circle during the flannel board activity, no worries, I just stand up and move my body and the STORY.NEVER.STOPS!

I also love how it acts as a spot to store my flannels. I keep mine in separate ziplocks inside the box for activities I am currently doing at circle time. That means I always have my materials ready and waiting. When it’s time to start a flannel board activity, I simply reach for the box, open it up, and pull out the activity I am looking for.

This ways it keeps little hands out of my materials and older kiddos don’t get a sneak peek of what’s in store for them.

I’d love for you to have your very own flannel board box, so let’s get on to the directions:

Flannel Board Box Materials

1 Craft Box

1 large piece of flannel (or is it felt 😂)

Measuring Tape (you probably have this already)

Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray

Flannel Pieces for your activities


Check out the way I make flannel board pieces without ever cutting a piece of flannel!

How to Make the Flannel Board

To make the flannel board…

  1. Measure your piece of flannel to fit the front panel of the box. Mine was 12 x 12 and I am guessing that is pretty standard.
  2. Glue the backside of the flannel. Make sure to get both the middle part of the flannel and the edges glued down well. You don’t want this stuff coming off during a super fun flannel story!

That’s it!

Happy Flannel Boarding!



A Seattle-based music education business specializing in early childhood music and movement classes founded by Jocelyn Manzanarez in September of 2003. Jocelyn held her first class in the basement of the Tahoma School District bus barn in Maple Valley, Washington with just six babies. Along with their mamas, Jocelyn cultivated the babies’ innate musical abilities and interests through play, song, movement and love. She knew her quest to touch as many young children as possible had begun. This first class will also be known as Musically Minded’s first Budding Beethovens.

1 Comment

  1. Tracey Lea on July 12, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    This is awesome!

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