How To Make Felted Balls

Use these felted balls as ornaments on a tree or string them together to make a garland. They also make wonderful cat toys.



Felted Balls Supplies

Feltable wool scraps, Styrofoam balls (1-3″ diameter… smaller balls are easier), old panty-hose, rubber bands, rubber gloves, pot, stove, dish soap, bowl, and slotted spoon.


Felted Balls Cut YarnGroup yarn into similar color groups if desired. Cut scraps to approx 1” pieces and cut out all knots.
Felted Balls Soapy WaterIn a bowl, combine a little dish soap with hot water and soak the yarn scraps.Pick out enough to cover your Styrofoam ball. Form around ball and roll around between your palms until the yarn begins to stick a bit and the Styrofoam is completely covered.
Felted Balls FormingWrap these balls in scraps of old panty-hose secured with rubber bands.

Felted Balls BoilingThrow them in a pot of gently boiling sudsy water. Allow to boil for about 30 minutes, occasionally stirring and knocking balls about with a spoon.

Remove from water with slotted spoon. Remove rubber bands and gently remove panty-hose covering (it may stick to wool).

picking-up stitches 5Now add a bit more dish soap and roll around between your palms to finish off the felting. You can dunk them back in the hot water pot with a slotted spoon in between rolling and soaping.

Felted Balls CloseupWhen you are satisfied with your felting, rinse with cool water and allow to dry.

Use floral wire or thread to hang.



  1. Susan Keppy

    Some trees on the main street of my village have been yarn-bombed… it would be a fun follow-up to hang some of these off the branches. 🙂

  2. cindy

    If you omit the styrofoam ball and just make a felted ball (tennis ball size) they can be used as dryer balls. They are wonderful to help speed up the drying process. When I make mine use acrylic yarn as core, then cover with wool, and felt.

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