How To Make A Felt Ball Garland
Here’s How To Make A Felt Ball Garland
Do you want to make a felt ball garland? Here’s how we made our DIY 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 is it simple to make a felt ball garland.
Here’s our felt ball garland:
How To Make A Felt Ball Garland: What You Need:
- 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)
- Depending on the length of the garland, you’ll need at least ten of these and more if you want a denser garland or a longer one.
- Thread (I bought metallic gold sewing thread from HEMA)
- Darning needle
How To Make A 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.
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.
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?)
Where Can You Buy Felt Balls From?
I bought mine from Amazon, in a pack – although you can also buy them from eBay and craft stores.
You can also make your own felt ball garlands if you’re feeling adventurous!
More crafty things; how to make a children’s play tent and salt dough bunny decorations. Follow me on Pinterest for me ideas on things to make with felt – I’m gill_crawshaw.
March 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm
That looks really good 🙂 I’m trying to think now where i could fit a black & white one in!
Slummy single mummy
March 23, 2015 at 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??
Jess @ Along Came Cherry
March 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm
It looks great! Much better to make it than buy one too 🙂 x
March 23, 2015 at 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
March 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm
That looks so good, love the colours!
March 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm
This is gorgeous, Gill! I’d definitely make one of these. Much better to make these things than buy them.
March 24, 2015 at 4:55 pm
Very simple and pretty, and looks easy enough for even non crafty me to have a go at! 🙂
Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
March 24, 2015 at 8:43 pm
Ooo, I love this, you clever thing. So nice and colourful.
March 24, 2015 at 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!
March 26, 2015 at 10:33 am
so cute! i’ve been meaning to make one of these for ages 🙂
Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl
March 31, 2015 at 8:36 pm
So cute! Can I have one please? Love it x
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