Felt Ball Garland Tutorial |Creative uses for soap! #Palmolive25Ways #cbiasMonday, August 18, 2014
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I have been wanting, for a long time actually, to craft more with felt. I have come across a few tutorials here and there and when I heard Palmolive was looking for creative soap uses, I immediately thought of making felt balls! Plus, I have the perfect excuse to add a little more creative decor to my bedroom because we are adding a little baby in there in less than seven weeks. I love adding personal touches to the boy's space. When looking around Jonah's room, I love being able to say that I or someone in my family created almost everything in it! From furniture and curtains to quilts to the prints hanging on his wall. Making a felt ball garland is something we've never done, so it was about time! I invited my sister over to help and I'm really happy with how it turned out! She even took some purple felt home to do some garland making with her daughter.
- Felting or Roving Wool
- Dish Soap
- I chose Palmolive and suggest using one that will be gentle on your hands. I found Palmolive Soft Touch with Aloe on the top shelf at Walmart. You will get your hands very soapy so the added softness is a must!
- Warm and Cold Water
- Embroidery Thread and Needle for stringing as garland
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING FELT BALLS:
- Gather your supplies and set up a work space. Rolling the balls actually take a little while, so you'll want to be comfortable in your work space. You could technically stand by the kitchen sink and do this but I'm eight months pregnant and that's not happening. I also wanted it to be a time to sit and talk with my sister while we created. This would be a great activity to do for a craft night with girls!
- Separate your wool into even amounts if you'd like your felt balls to be the same size. You may have to do a few test balls to make a decision on how large you'd like them to be. Ours were about 1/2 - 3/4 inch balls and a 1 oz bag made about 12 balls.
- Fill a bowl with very warm water (about 4 cups) and add 1-2 tbsp of dish soap.
- Fill a second bowl with cold water
- Begin forming your wool into a ball by wrapping thin layers around itself until you have about twice the size of what you want your final product to be.
- Dip slightly into warm soapy water, cup your hands and begin softly shaping your ball. Do not squeeze. This starts like you are really gently making a snow ball.
- When you feel the ball cooling, dip it back into the warm water. Continue this process until your feel the ball firming. Then, you can start rolling more firmly.
- When the ball is about the size you'd like dip into the cool water and roll even more firmly to get a nice firm ball (when dry - they will bounce). This will also help to take some of the soap off. I used the towel to wipe my hands before starting a new ball.
- Lay ball aside to dry
CREATING YOUR GARLAND:
I used an embroidery needle and thread. These are thicker but still pretty easy to string. Just try to get them in the center of your felted ball. Embroidery thread comes in any color you could dream of and only costs 30 cents! The balls do not slip on this thread, but are easy to slide when pulled. I chose gold for this garland to accent the room I was intending to use it for! I love how it turned out! I did space them apart but I also love the look of having the close together with about 3 times as many balls. This garland was made from 18 balls.
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