How to Make Easy Felt Balls – Two Ways

How to felt balls - two ways

Our resident tweens get a little crafty together and they wanted to share their own personal way of how they made pretty colored felt balls.

This video is a bit of a “Throwback Thursday” kind of thing. My co-blogging sister and I have been getting crafty with these girls for years, and I actually shot this video of them about a year and a half ago. It just shows you how fast they grow up! You can see my daughter now below featuring her hair accessories we made from some of the felt balls.

But first, check out my daughter and my niece as they show you how to make felt balls with just wool felt, soap and water.

Oh, and btw, they both had a case of the hiccups that day. = )


We made lots of them that day!

Make your own colored felt balls

You will get some irregularity, and it took them a couple tries to get the feel of how much pressure to use when rolling the felt into balls.

But you can see below how a golf sized piece of felt can be condensed and rolls into a small gumball sized felt ball.

Homemade felt balls DIY

Ok, now that we had all of these felt balls, we turned some of them into cute accessories.

How to make felt balls and then turn them into accessories

We made felt balls rings by just gluing on one felt ball onto the top of a ring blank.

Homemade felt ball ring

And we made super cute hair pins by gluing 1-2 felt balls at the end of hair clips.

Felt Ball Hair Pin Tween Accessory

So cute!

Felt Ball Hair Accessory Tween Craft Idea

They add a pretty 3D pop of color in your hair.

Felt Ball Tween Fashion Accessory Craft copy

You can find wool felt in some fabric stores, craft stores or online. This isn’t the type of felt that you buy in sheets. You want 100% wool felt that comes in a clump or bag.

This craft activity is a great hand sensory one to try out. It is perfect for the tween age because it does take a little bit of nuance to roll each felt ball and gently add more pressure each time. But it is also easy enough that anyone can try, and I love that you just use soap and water to make the felted balls! It’s the shock of going between the hot and cold, and the soap that shrinks and condensed the felt into ball.

Happy Crafting!


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  4 comments for “How to Make Easy Felt Balls – Two Ways

  1. May 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Stopping by from The Creative Collection Link Party. This is so cute, my daughter would love this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. June 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Your kids are great at video tutorials! Boy, I’d love to hire them for mine- I’m just terrible with a camera. I’ve never seen felt in those big fluffy balls before. I assume you buy it at a craft store? I’m only familiar with the felt sheets. Love the idea and how to use them.

  3. Georgia
    August 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I make large felted wool balls and use them in the dryer. They speed up drying time and save you the cost of dryer sheets. Add a small amount if essential oil and they smell pretty too.

    • August 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      What a great tip Georgia! Thanks so much for sharing!

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