Felt is one of my absolute favourite crafting materials. It’s so versatile that the options are endless, and it’s a simple, and easy medium to work with. For this week’s DIY we created our own felted wool pom poms, and used them to create a garland strand. These fun strands are perfect for using as a dessert table backdrop, or as an entryway, or head table swag. Here’s how the garland was created:
Wool Roving – $6.00
Embroidery Thread – $0.50
Darning Needle – $1.00
Dish, or Hand Soap – $1.00
One bowl of – hot as you can stand water
One bowl of – cold as you can stand water
Total Cost of this DIY: $8.50
If you’ve never worked with, or seen wool roving before, it’s just raw wool that hasn’t been spun into strands. It’s widely available at most knitting stores, and it comes in a variety of colours.
Pull off a piece of wool roving for your first pom pom. The size of wool you start with will help to determine the final size of your pom-pom.
Pour a small amount of hand soap or dish soap directly onto the dry piece of wool, and spread it around a bit.
Loosely form a ball with the wool roving, and dip it into the hot water. Don’t soak it in the hot water at this point. You just want to get a little bit of water onto the wool so that the soap will start to foam up when you roll it.
Start to gently roll the wool into a ball. You don’t want to apply a lot of pressure at this point you want to just start to loosely form the shape
Dunk the ball into the cold water. You can completely submerge the ball this time.
After the ball has been dunked in the cold water then continue to roll it between your hands, similar to the way that you would roll a ball of clay. You can start applying a bit more pressure at this point.
Continue to go back and forth between the hot water and the cold water. Essentially what you’re doing is shocking the fibers and encouraging them to bind together. Be sure to roll the ball in between dunkings. The ball will start to become smaller, and more and more dense. If there’s too much water in the ball then you can gently squeeze the ball to get rid of some of the excess. Continue the process 4 or 5 times, or until you’re happy with the size, and the density.
Leave the pom poms to dry overnight, and they’ll be ready for stringing onto your embroidery floss.
Thread your embroidery floss onto a needle, and loosely hold the pom pom while you push the needle through the center. Be careful to not squish the pom pom too much. Continue threading until you have all of the pom poms on. You can adjust the placement after they’ve all been threaded.