How to Glue Felt to Wood

How to Glue Felt to Wood

Maybe as a first-timer, you can predict nothing to know about how to glue felt to wood. Sometimes, some work looks so accessible from the outside, but real daunting problems will start to show when you attempt to try.

How to Glue Felt to Wood

Gluing felt seems a challenging task because often people attach thought on the inner side of the wood. Often you will get tight space to glue felt, and the glue you’ll use can cause a messy situation.

People apply liquid glue or fabric glue or spray adhesive to attach felt on wood. Even spray adhesive wood glue can cause a mess. So actually, no matter what wood glue you’ll apply, if you don’t follow some simple steps of how to line a wooden box with felt, many obstacles are on their way to discourage you. Let’s get going.

What is Felt?

Obviously, felt is a piece of fabric but not knit nor woven. It is a non-woven fabric. Felt is completely a biodegradable fabric made with natural fibers. Normally we see various colors of felts to enhance aesthetic beauty, but its surface is not smooth, mostly textured. However, this fabric has a high strength, durability, and lightweight. Special abilities of felts are biodegradable, resists fire, repels moisture and dirt.

Reasons Behind using Felt on Wood

  • Mostly for sticking any surface together.
  • Enhancing the aesthetic beauty like a wooden jewelry box.
  • Prevents scratching and friction.

You already have informed how useful felt can be on a wood surface, and it’s a challenging task to do. Now we will describe to you the whole process, and that’s not a challenging task. Just make sure you are taking the time and no hurry.

Things you Must Gather

Before knowing the whole process step by step, we are now informing about the things you must gather. All these things are must needed.

Felt: Try to buy felts which stretch less. Yes, felts have many qualities, like fabric. Lower quality felt stretches much. Best if you kept in the head before buying, will you glue the felt on the interior or expose it to the sun. My recommendation is to buy felt from well-known brands. Otherwise, under the sun, the color of the felt will become fad away.

Glue: It depends on the size of the felt you need. For small spaces surrounded by walls, then wet cement would be the best. Spray adhesive for felt is best for larger areas, where you can do overspray.

Foam Brush:  Brush is essential for applying Elmer’s glue or weld wood contact cement. These brushes are not costly, most of them are cheap. If you have any foam brush you have used earlier, use paint thinner to clean the crush.

Removable Tape: For those who want to apply to spray adhesive, you’ll need these tapes to hide the area from the spray. After spraying, you can take off the tapes from the surfaces.

Scissors: To cut the felts according to the shape you want to. You can cut those felts before applying. It’s your choice.

Steps of Gluing Felt on Wood

As you have all the necessary things in our hands, now we can follow the steps. Again saying, read these steps carefully and try to follow those steps with patience.

Choose the Right Felt

If aesthetic beauty is your priority, then try to select the felt according to brand quality. Already you know some low-grade felts stretches when they get in contact with adhesive or glue. These low-grade felts can tear and shrink quickly. In contrast, high quality felts are durable, strong, and don’t fade under the sun.

Clean and cut the Template

It’s not a clean with washing powder or soap anything like that but a quick check on both parts of the felt. You wouldn’t want to trap down any dirt between the glue and felt. Ultimately you will get an uneven surface.

Now measure the place where you want to place the felt. Don’t forget to account for all the cutouts and extra pieces. Now rule down the measure on the felt and cut with a scissor or paper cutter. If the place is accessible after placing the felt, you can trim the extra part.

Selecting the Right Glue

One of the essential things you should consider before attaching felt on the wood surface. Glue types entirely depend on the wood surface you have. If you have larger wood to cover like a table, should use spray adhesive. Spraying on edge, sometimes you’ll need removable tapes to void spraying adhesive on the surface where you don’t want to apply felt.

For tiny curves and tiny places like the inside of a jewelry box, Elmer’s glue would be the best glue for felt. Elmer’s glue is quite sticky and allows us to get the narrow-angle of tiny carvings easily.

If you are entirely new and have very few ideas about glue and adhesive or are not that confident to use them, then wet cement is the best option. Sizes are a matter for wet cement, so lager wood and tiny wood everywhere wet cement would work.

Applying the Glue

Now comes the use of foam brush and paintbrush. Apply the one side of the felt and on the wood’s surface where you certainly want to apply the felt. Give your attention to the edges and use a little more glue on the edges. Now make contact between both wet sides, carefully place the corners first.

Once you are done placing the felt, apply appropriate pressure on the felt using a roller, and eliminate the bumps if there is any. Use the roller from middle to corner in every direction. For ensuring resistance against bleeding of glue, use a wax paper on the entire felt and hold it down with any weighty material. Now let the glue dry for ten minutes. All the best glues for the felt to yarn take around ten minutes to dry and stick the felt permanently.

Trimming the Extra Part

As I already told you, you can cut the template before or after. It depends on you. If you feel the edges are not perfect, try to use a blade, paper-knife, or knife to make the edges exquisite. It is called trimming.


  1. Will PVA glue stick felt to wood?
    The glues we use on the wood are the strong version of PVA glue. Those are gules are for attaching wood with wood. Normal PVA won’t work for them. But ordinary PVA works great for felt.
  2. How to Choose the right felt?
    If aesthetic beauty is your priority, try to select the felt according to brand quality. Already you know some low-grade felts stretches when they get in contact with adhesive or glue. These low-grade felts can tear and shrink easily. In contrast, high quality felts are durable, strong and don’t get fade under the sun

Final Thought

Before ending up, again want to remind you of the essential things to consider. The perfection of selecting felt, using the perfect glue, applying adequate pressure, these are the things that help us to place the felt-on wood with an embodiment. Remember, patience is the main theme of how to glue felt to wood.


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