Today was a gorgeous sunny day. The kind of day that just makes you want to throw a big blanket down on the grass and take a nap. The kind of day that inspired Ella to say, “Let’s do a special craft today. Let’s make felt balls!”
Felt balls are awesome! They are great for throwing practice (soft – nothing gets broken!) or for open ended play. (They’re round bales of hay! No wait, they’re freshly baked rolls!) And they are the kind of craft that is great to make outdoors on a warm sunny day.
So here’s how to do it:
1. Get yourself a nice wad of carded, clean wool.
2. Loosely form the wool into a ball. It will shrink down, so make a bigger ball than you’d like of your finished product.
3. Fill a bowl with the hottest soapy water that you can stand to put your hand into and roll that wool into a soapy round messy ball!
See that ball forming! Keep rolling!
4. Now, get another bowl of very cold water. Squeeze out the hot water and soap and immerse your ball into the cold. Keep forming it into a ball as you go. Alternating between the hot and cold will make your wool ball shrink and tighten.
Look! Easy enough for an 18 month to try!
5. Keep alternating back and forth between your hot and cold until your ball is tightly bound together. Let dry in the sun or inside for a few days until it is completely dry. Sometimes I like to affix loose parts of the ball with a felting needle.
Now go throw that ball around!