Felt balls are the easiest and most fun item you can make any time with just some felt wool and water. These are used to make coasters, as a wall hanging, decorative garlands of every color, and for every occasion. The best part about them is that you can make it in just a few minutes, and they are the brightest and most lovable to watch.
You can use them to tie up stuff for your kids’ nursery or create anything you wish to if your creativity strikes. HomeBnc, a home decor blog, also shares some fantastic ideas on making handmade items that neither cost much nor saves time.
Below are the steps for making Felt balls of any color –
Cutting – The first step you need to do is cut the felt of about 4″ length while cutting. You have to make sure how much you want to cut, depending upon the size of the balls you want and the width of your felt.
Stretching – Now, you need to stretch the felt wool so thin until it looks like a little piece of cotton candy, just like in the picture. When you are done stretching check for any darker spots if you find any stretch them too.
Soapy Water – Make soapy water with a quarter amount of dish soap into an empty container and add some hot water to it. Make sure to mix it properly and do not let any bubbles form. If the water is too hot to touch, add just a little bit of cold water to it.
Making of The Ball 1 – Hold the felt in your palm, use the other hand, and start twisting the felt with your fingertips while bringing the edges in the middle. You will see a rough ball shape being formed. Once you have a loose ball, pour some hot water over it. Now the ball has both wet and dry side. Hold the west side of the ball up so that when you pour some plain hot water into it, the soap moves to the drier side.
Making of The Ball 2 – With your palm, gently roll the felt into a tighter ball using as much hot water as needed. Ensure that the water has not got cold and squeeze the felt if there is some extra water in it. By rolling it gently, all the fibers of the felt get connected. Again, start rolling gently to make a ball.
Making of The Ball 3 – Once you have a loose ball with no cracks, press them down hard and continue to roll until it becomes of the size you want them. You will be able to know if the ball is of the right size by squeezing the ball between two fingers, and it will not be able to compress much, leaving you with the right amount of felt.
Remember not to push down the ball too hard as the cracks might appear. The felt balls will expand in size once they are dried. In the end, use a little bit of water to rinse the soap off and let them dry.
Final – Once the balls are dried out, you can now use them however you want, tie them up with a string of thread and hang them in your baby’s room, or make a coaster out of them, or a garland, pretty much anything.
Felt balls are available in many colors like orange-tomato, pink trio, butter-cheddar, rose-cranberry, sunshine yellow, and many more. Felt balls brighten up your room and are good for the kids.
You can even innovate a game to be played with your kids and dogs. Making them is very easy; all you must do is include your sense of creativity into it. Make a garland or a wall hanging, as shown in the pictures, or pretty much anything.
Yes, it does take a few tries to get the ball’s shape correctly, but you will not stop making more and more of them once you do. You can even make some and store for further use. However, it is better to make fresh balls as they will be more open while you display them.
You can even decorate the balls once they are dried out by putting pearls on them or sprinkles, do not use glitter or sparkles as they will stick to the balls and are hard to clean.…