How to make a (really, really easy) felt ball garland

I’ve been looking at buying a felt ball garland for Eliza’s room for a while now, until it recently occurred to me that I could actually make one. For some reason thought they’d be a lot trickier to make than they are; turns out they actually pretty simple.

Making an easy felt ball garland - how to guide

IKEA hack spice rack bookshelves, and ihow to make an easy felt ball garland

What you need to make a felt ball garland:

  • Felt balls (you can actually make these and there are loads of tutorials on Pinterest, but I took the easy option and bought mine from Amazon – I went for 2cm, rainbow colours)

Felt balls - how to make a ball string

 

Instructions for making a colourful string felt ball garland (simpler than you'd think!)

  • Thread (I bought metallic gold sewing thread from HEMA)
  • Darning needle

How to make the felt ball garland:
How to make a really easy felt ball garland

  • Cut a long piece of thread (slightly longer than you want the garland to be)
  • Thread the needle with the cotton and then push it through the felt ball.  It should go through fairly easily
  • Once the ball was threaded on and in the right place I put a tiny looped stitch to secure it (if you use thicker or less slippy thread then you might not need to do this)
  • Thread the rest of the balls onto the string, keeping them as spaced out or close together as you want
  • And there you go – it’s that easy.

Simple crafts - making a felt garland

I’ve hung the garland on Eliza’s bed in these photos (she has the IKEA Minnen bed with a white metal frame) and on her IKEA hack bookcases (made out of the IKEA Bekvam spice racks). You can buy the balls in different colours, including a pastel set which would look great for Easter.

This sudden realisation / making idea was inspired by the book Handmade for Baby by Charlotte Rivers and Emily Gregory that I was recently sent to review.

Simple craft keepsake ideas for pregnancy and babies - Handmade for Baby

It’s a book that contains ideas and how to guides for 25 crafty keepsakes to make for babies and new parents, or to make when you’re pregnant and a new parent. There’s everything from creative birth announcements, nursery mobiles, cushions, toys and simple clothes like baby harem pants, designed for makers of all skills and levels of craftiness.

I really liked this book, especially as there are none of the slightly twee things you might expect. Everything is colourful, tasteful and fairly gender neutral. I also really liked the ‘inspiration’ pages, which have lots of ideas for making things of your own. The felt garland isn’t in the book, but it gave me the idea, and there’s also a felt mobile you can make. The book is filled with exactly like the type of things I pin on Pinterest, and it’s actually given me the impetus to start making things (instead of just pinning them – sound familiar?)

How to guide to making an easy garland from felt balls

Making a felt ball garland

More crafty things; how to make a children’s play tent and salt dough bunny decorations. Follow me on Pinterest – I’m gill_crawshaw.

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13 Comments

  1. March 23, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    That looks really good 🙂 I’m trying to think now where i could fit a black & white one in!

  2. March 23, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    So pretty! I do love rainbow colours – kind of wish I had a small child to make one for. Perhaps one for me??

  3. March 23, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    That book looks amazing, I love stuff like that but never seen to find the time to actually make anything. I have no skills anyway so this is probably for the best. I love the colourful garland, xx

  4. March 24, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    That looks so good, love the colours!

  5. March 24, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    This is gorgeous, Gill! I’d definitely make one of these. Much better to make these things than buy them.

  6. March 24, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Very simple and pretty, and looks easy enough for even non crafty me to have a go at! 🙂

  7. March 24, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    this looks amazing, I had no idea it was this easy! Such a good idea for adding little bits of colours for the room!

  8. March 26, 2015 / 10:33 am

    so cute! i’ve been meaning to make one of these for ages 🙂

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