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Felt Balls

Do you know you can transform shapeless wool fibers into colorful felt balls that really bounce? Making a felt ball is incredibly easy; simply wind wisps of wool into a blob, dip it in hot, soapy water, and gently roll it into shape with your hands.




Colors and patterns can be added to make the results resemble marbles or Super Balls. Smaller versions can be used to make necklaces and barrettes.


  • Felting wool
  • Pitcher of hot soapy water (A formula of 4 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing detergent to 6 cups of water. Use detergent that does not contain scents or dyes.)
  • Baking tray
  • Sponge
  • Kitchen scale


  1. Step 1

    Begin with a small wad of wool, then wrap lengths of wool tightly around it. Keep adding layers until your fluffy ball is approximately twice the size you want it to eventually become. Saturate the ball in the hot, soapy water, and then gently roll it from hand to hand without squeezing. Keep doing this for about 10 minutes, dipping it in the hot water as it cools. The wool will seem like a wet, scraggly mess, but don’t worry. Soon the ball will begin to harden.

  2. Step 2

    Now add designs. To make stripes, work strips of wool into the ball with your fingertips. To make dots, wind some wool into a disk, like a cinnamon swirl, then dip it and work it in with your fingertips.

  3. Step 3

    After adding designs, roll the ball in your palms some more, dipping if it cools. Stop when it has shrunk to the size you desire. Rinse with cool water, and let dry.

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Reviews (9)

  • datshay 27 Nov, 2013

    Pretty clear and easy steps explanation.

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  • garlicdiva 27 Sep, 2013

    Directions are pretty clear. I found that 10 minutes was just about the time it took for the wool to start firming. It was fun, relaxing, and came to a perfect little ball about 2.5 inches in diameter. perfect as a toy for a baby! if you have cards, it is a nice first step to card your own raw wool. kids can do that as well, with a bit of instruction.

  • datshay 26 Jul, 2013

  • Lo Metzengerstein 9 Jan, 2013

    to make those colour lines around the ball i make it with a felting needle?? just that? but just when the ball is dry, right? ok, i think i get it

  • JoannSews 12 Oct, 2010

    Be careful with those needle felting needles though - they're barbed and they HURT when you poke yourself! :)

  • ciguli 5 Jan, 2010

    I would like to know if I can make these balls wits simple woll ?

  • Pablena 14 Nov, 2008

    In addition to using soap and water to make these balls you can us a technique called "needle felting". It's fun and easy to do. You'll need some special needles made especially for the technique, which can be found online. Just google "needle felting" and you'll be introduced to a whole new world of making things.

  • NorbieK 10 Oct, 2008

    This seems so cute but i have no idea where to even start. I would love to wear a felt beadede necklace to go with a scarf this coming winter. It'll look soooo cool!

  • kuii 29 Jan, 2008

    waau!it's so cute!bola bola...