DIY Holiday Garland {from whipperberry}

by @according2kelly on September 5, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 31 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is totally awesome, totally amazing heather of whipperberry. heather writes…

I know that school has just begun, but before we know it THE HOLIDAYS will be here.  Hello everyone!  I’m Heather from WhipperBerry…

…And I’m super excited to participate in…

Hosted by According to Kelly, Skip to my Lou & A Southern Fairytale

I’m sure you’ve all seen those fantastic felted wool garlands out and about, but did you know that they are SUPER easy to make!  My friend Whitney and I teamed up to show you how to make a fabulous…

There’s a lot of buntings and garlands going on in the party world right now, and I thought I would share with all of you how to make a garland out of wool! It’s a little more unconventional than your traditional paper garland, and it will definitely last a whole lot longer than paper will (I don’t know about your kids, but a paper garland wouldn’t last long in my house). Best of all, it’s easy and fast!

You’ll need:

Wool roving (merino is best)*

Scissors

hand soap

Water… hot and cold

Heavy duty string or twine

A needle for threading the balls onto the string

*You can find wool roving at most any craft store that also sells fabric.

To start, you’ll want to take your roving out of the package and cut off the appropriate amount for the size ball you want. 

Roving typically comes in long lengths, so for small felt balls, like the one I’m doing in this tutorial, you’ll cut off about 2-2.5 inches. 

Turn on your hot water. You’ll want the water to be as hot as you can stand. Take the felt and hold it in your fingers. Squirt a small amount (no larger than the size of a dime) of hand soap in your palm and start to lightly roll the wool around in your palms, coating it with the soap.

Pass your hands through the hot water and continue to roll the wool into a ball. As the ball starts to slip and slide in your palms, pass your hands through the water again to get rid of the excess soap.

Press more and more firmly on the ball as you roll, you’ll want to get it as tight as possible! Keep repeating this process of rolling and washing. When the ball has gotten as small as it will get, turn your water to cold and continue to roll the ball under cold water for a few seconds. This shocks the fibers into shrinking as much as possible. Do one last turn of the tap over to hot water and roll the ball again, then one last turn in the cold water.

Set your ball out to dry and start on the next!

Once you have all the felt balls made that you want, thread your needle with a heavy duty string or twine. Thread the balls through and position them how you want. The balls will stay in place, so there’s no need to knot them at either end of the ball.

Use your garland to decorate a table, add as a bunting to a cake or cupcake, dress up a gift, whatever! This fun little garland has so many great possibilities!

Another great gift idea from WhipperBerry is a super fun

Hot Chocolate on a Stick…

Kelly thank you so much for having us over to play today!  Happy crafting everyone!!

 for more great ideas visit heather at her awe-inspiring blog whipperberry. or follow her every move on twitter or facebook.

about heather: Heather is a wife and mother.  Beyond that, she is a creative spirit who longs to be surrounded by flowing white linens and illuminated by the most delicate chandeliers.  She choose to create with what she haves… and place meaning behind what she creates.  She says she is a work in progress and that is how WhipperBerry came to be.  She loves to capture the simple beauty in life. Whether in her projects for the home, her creativity in the kitchen or in her photographs.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

24 comments
erika
erika

Beautiful pictures! I wanted to add my 2 cents: I've been wet-felting wool for years and i would suggest never cutting wool roving with scissors. It's best to have as long fibers as possible for the felting process. Just pull out the amount of fiber you need.

Kelsey
Kelsey

Oh my goodness, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the felt ball garland! I am hosting a Christmas series on my blog and would absolutely LOVE it if you would share this tutorial with my readers! My blog is embracingmessy.blogspot.com if you'd like to take a look. If you want, you can email at embracingmessy@gmail.com.

sheri herbruck
sheri herbruck

Love the string that you used to string the garland and tie on the marshamallow sticks - where can I purchase that? thanks! sheri herbruck

Cat
Cat

I too am trying to determine how much to buy - the website I found has it sold in ounces. I'd like to make a birthday garland!

Maria
Maria

Any idea how many ounces of roving it takes to make one of the little balls? I'm trying to determine how much to buy.....Any help would be appreciated! Great idea!

bl.S
bl.S

♥ it, :) and such an easy DIY! Thxs...

Lori S.
Lori S.

Is this the same way you would make larger felt balls too, for example dryer balls?

Ellie G
Ellie G

I couldn't love this more! And I've been DYING to try this. Heather, you may have talked me into it. You're so stinkin' fantastic. I need you to come take pictures of all my projects so they look like yours. I really am gonna try this. I need teal. Can I find teal?

tanya
tanya

I have wanted to know how to do this for years. thanks for the great tutorial. Looks like momma is making wool garland tomorrow :)

Jaime
Jaime

This is really fun...and adorable. So many possibilities too! Thanks for the inspriation! ♥ jaime...sevensisters

Heather {WhipperBerry}
Heather {WhipperBerry}

We found ours at JoAnn's fabric, if I remember right. You can order it online as well. Just google wool roving. Give it a shot, you'll LOVE it!! kisses heather

Theresa
Theresa

Hi, This is a new craft to me and looks like fun. Where is the best place tom get wool roving?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

the string is baker's twine.... you can get it in smaller quantities at Michael's from Martha Stewart, or you can find it online!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

honestly, it just depends on how long you want your garland!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

It's so easy,even the kids can help. I love it. I can't wait to get my felt roving!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

I want to make em in SO many color combos! Can't wait for this fun project!

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