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Today, I am sharing a fun tutorial that I used to add some color and fun to my home office.
I’m always a little late to the game – these garlands made out of felt balls are not new. They’ve been around for a few years, and people have been making them all over Pinterest for holidays and parties. I’m sure you’ve seen them.
But I just recently discovered them, LOVED the look of them, and thought I’d try making one myself.
So here goes:
There are tons of places to buy felt balls online, or you can make your own felt balls with tutorials like this one.
Here’s a place to buy felt balls on Amazon, or you can get them at shops on Etsy or Ebay.
Before I get to the step by step tutorial, I wanted to show the first garland I made. My office [and house in general] has a beachy theme with light colors and woodwork and sea glass green walls. I thought that using felt balls in shades of blue, green and teal would make a great complimentary garland. I liked it ok but it blended in way too much and just kind of looked a little Blah.
So after I made this one, I took all the balls off the string and started over.
Supplies you’ll need to make a felt ball garland:
- Felt Balls – [these are 2 cm in diameter]
- Embroidery floss or other thin string like Bakers Twine
- A large needle – I used one of the sharper tipped gold ones from this needle set.
- Nails or command hooks to hang finished garland
Step 1 – Determine your color pattern.
I wanted to make a rainbow-inspired garland that would add color and fun to my walls, so I grouped the balls into color piles.
My order included an assortment of colors. I wanted to see what the different colors were like for future projects. In the future, I would choose specific colors for my order, like one specific shade of red, one shade of orange etc. This would allow my garland to be more symmetrical. As you’ll see, mine has a general rainbow vibe but I had to improvise with the colors and numbers of balls that I had.
Step 2 – Start threading the balls onto the string!
My embroidery floss got knotted into a huge mess so I unwound it and wrapped it around a piece of cardboard. It made it easier to manage for me.
Then, I threaded balls onto the string in rainbow patterns.
The needle goes through the felt balls fairly easily, with decent pressure. It hurt my finger to try to push it through though, so I used the hard surface of my desk to push against the needle. A thimble would work great too.
My little helper below. She actually was really good about not messing with the project. She would get close and sniff around, but she left it mostly alone.
Step 3 – Once all the balls are threaded onto the string, space them out to the desired distance.
I made my garland as long as possible, using all the felt balls I had ordered.
If you know you want to make your garland 10 feet long, you can use your string as the judge and stop when you’re garland is your desired length.
I chose to space the balls about 2-3″ apart.
It’s not an exact science either. I just looked at mine up on my wall and some of the gaps between balls are 2″ and some are 3″.
You don’t have to tie knots around the balls or do anything special to keep them in place. They will stay where they are unless you move them intentionally.
Step 4 – Hang it up!
I wanted to see where to put my command hooks, so I used washi tape to help me envision what the finished product would look like.
Then, I hung the hooks up, draped the garland and viola! All done!
It’s such a simple decoration but it makes me insanely happy. I love walking into my office and seeing the pop of color it adds to an otherwise bare wall.
The uses for a felt ball garland like this are truly limitless! Home decor, party decor, holiday decorations, kid’s crafts… I made a shorter garland for my baby niece who is set to arrive any day now!
I’m thinking ahead to next Christmas too – thinking about what I might do with more garlands.
Have you tried making a garland like this before?