DIY Felted Dryer Ball Pumpkins

The art of felting is something I’ve long admired. Some of the projects I’ve seen  are so pretty and I love all the vibrant colors and the soft look of the wool. Of course, this technique takes some time to master, and I find myself just adding to the list. However, I have noticed a simple felting project that can be used in the laundry and I thought it would be a whole lot easier to make. So I made some  felted dryer ball pumpkins to add to our fall decor.

Learn how to make felted dryer ball pumpkins. Use them for your fall decor now, and in the dryer later.

The Materials

~ package of 100% Wool Roving Yarn
~ white glue
~ twig from the yard

The Process

Start by rolling the yarn into a ball. I tried this process three different ways.

Learn how to make felted dryer ball pumpkins. Use them for your fall decor now, and in the dryer later.

Some I made by wrapping the yarn around a tennis ball, thus leaving you with more yarn to make a second ball.

Learn how to make felted dryer ball pumpkins. Use them for your fall decor now, and in the dryer later.

I also tried using a plastic Christmas ornament just because it was lighter. In the end I like the one that were entirely yarn as they ended up with a nicer shape for the pumpkins.

Learn how to make felted dryer ball pumpkins. Use them for your fall decor now, and in the dryer later.

I used three types of wool yarn for this project. The best was the roving wool yarn. The worsted wool was not a bad second choice, but did not give that felted look I liked. The third (green on the left) was only 50% wool and did not work at all.

Learn how to make felted dryer ball pumpkins. Use them for your fall decor now, and in the dryer later.

The one on the right it wrapped over a tennis ball. Both are 100% wool roving yarn.


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Once you have created your ball of wool place it in a sock or pantyhose and tie it closed.

Run it through the washer using hot water and detergent, and then through the dryer on high heat. Feel free to wash a load of clothes with them.

Remove from the sock/hose and let dry.

To turn them into a pumpkin, just poke a hole in the middle and glue a small twig for the stem.

Learn how to make felted dryer ball pumpkins. Use them for your fall decor now, and in the dryer later.

When you are done using the pumpkins for decoration, you can remove the stem, and use them in your dryer instead of dryer sheets.  You can even add a few drops of essential oil to scent your clothes.

If this idea intrigues you then you may what to check out the many other tutorials on the internet. For now, I’ve given you the basics so have at it.

Wouldn’t they make a nice gift?

Learn how to make felted dryer ball pumpkins. Use them for your fall decor now, and in the dryer later.

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. Very cleaver – I love this! I to would like to learn how to felt. It would be awesome since I actually have access to sheep fiber too, just not enough hours in the day right now. This project is great you’re pumpkins are cute!

  2. So cute–I love this idea!

    xx Hannah // http://www.HomemadeBanana.com

  3. LOVE this, Patti! Sharing!! xo

  4. I just found these adorable pumpkins and I love them! I have seen such cute felting projects but had no idea I could do it in the dryer…at least with balls (or pumpkins). I am going to try these! I have shared them over on FB and Twitter and pinned to my craft board. I would love it if you would come by and share these at Celebrate Your Story! Here is the link if you can come and join us: http://celebrateanddecorate.com/celebrate-story-37-2/

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