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Felt Ball Garland

I wanted one of these felt ball garlands like the one at Anthropologie. I’d seen felt ball garlands before but not one in a rainbow palate so I decided to make one. It wasn’t too difficult but here are the details.

I ordered 2cm sized felt balls. Threading them is pretty easy, just make sure the needle is nice and fat to make enough room for the thread. To make 4 feet of garland you need about 30 balls. (I hung some on my new little Rosemary bush.)

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. molly

    November 29, 2010

    do you tie knots in between to keep them in place or do they just stay put?

  2. Casey

    November 29, 2010

    I love it! I want to make some..

  3. caroline

    November 29, 2010

    i love this! i saw the one in anthropologie and it was pretty expensive. great alternative!

  4. the handmade hipster

    November 29, 2010

    I've seen really cute, super cheap versions done with craft store pom poms, I know hobby lobby has cute (not crafty!) colors. I've been meaning to do one for ages, maybe for christmas!

  5. jordan

    November 29, 2010

    @molly They stay put. I used a textured string that helped with that. I didn't try it with a smooth string so not sure how that would work.

  6. Ashley

    November 29, 2010

    So cool! I love this idea! I was thinking of taking round wooden beads in primary colors and making a similar garland.

  7. Flotsam Friends

    November 29, 2010

    So, so cute. I think they'd look great wrapped around my wooden christmas tree.

  8. Gloria

    November 29, 2010

    what a cute little garland! there's no space for a real christmas in my apartment, but i love this idea of decorating a rosemary plant!

  9. The Snapdragon Inn

    November 29, 2010

    so so so so wonderful. we saw you post a link last week and were very inspired but already had most of decorations up. Definitely keeping it our pocket for next year. And the rosemary bush is perfect as well.


  10. Denise Piane

    November 29, 2010

    These are adorable…I can't wait to try this out!

  11. the southern hostess

    November 29, 2010

    I did the same thing this year! Yours looks great! I'd say mine is a more humble version.

  12. o charm

    November 29, 2010

    aha, you're one step ahead of me. on my list of things to do (that endless one) is "google making felt balls." if only i lived in america and could run to my local craft store like you!

  13. Gwendolyn Little

    November 29, 2010

    these are so sweet, thank you for sharing ornamentea, i've been looking for felt balls!

  14. Mackenzie {Design Darling}

    November 29, 2010

    So cute! Totally inspired.

  15. Jen

    November 29, 2010

    absolutely love these- going to make these for my tree this year- thanks for sharing!

  16. Danielle

    November 29, 2010

    I'm so happy to see you've done this! I kept daydreaming about doing something similar (I, too, am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to Anthropologie's home decor), and it's wonderful to see someone pull this off! I'll have to get to work on one for the holidays.

  17. i'm zandri

    November 29, 2010

    Yay! I am so doing this! Thanks for the great idea, it's perfect for what I want this Christmas – handmade & colourful.

  18. Allison

    November 30, 2010

    Jordan, which color set did you get? The poppy? This is lovely.

  19. Jordana @ White Cabana

    November 30, 2010

    Oh – I'd love to do this in white! So pretty.

  20. las sandalias de ana

    November 30, 2010

    ohh, simply and perfect!


  21. Allison {Live Love Small}

    November 30, 2010

    these would be cute year round!

  22. Diana

    November 30, 2010

    Very cute! I tried to do this with the felt balls this year, but I couldn't find any so cheap! I'm going to order a bunch now.

    (I ended up using pom poms instead, which seem a little more cha-cha than I hoped, but still cute)

  23. lindsay marie

    November 30, 2010

    wow I should have ordered some, I am just finishing making a bunch of my own felt balls…they take forever!

  24. jonahliza

    December 1, 2010

    this is so cute… i just started "felting" and this looks like an easy and lovely holiday project.

  25. la boom!

    December 1, 2010

    Simple and beautiful πŸ™‚
    I love it!

  26. Nicole*

    December 1, 2010

    you got your felt balls from ornamentea? i love that store!! i live in raleigh and go there all the time and i just bought wool roving in christmas reds and greens to make my own felt balls this year. πŸ™‚

    ps – your garland turned out great!

  27. L A M A R T I N Γ‰

    December 2, 2010

    these kinda make me want a bowl of trixx
    so cute

  28. Jen

    December 2, 2010

    I saw this on anthropologie, too, but knew I wouldn't spend that much money for it. I bought fashion crochet thread at JoAnn's Fabrics, and the felt balls stayed in place.

    You can also buy the felt balls from a couple vendors at etsy.

    Such a fun, and cute project!

  29. drj

    December 3, 2010

    What a great idea! Thanks – you just gave me the keys to an easy and sweet teacher holiday gift!

  30. Lauren

    December 3, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing! I was swooning over strands of felt garland at West Elm and they are now sold out! I cannot wait to make my own, these are too cute to pass up as holiday decor!

  31. lindsaymeyer

    December 5, 2010

    Loving this! Recommended this to my co-worker who just got a cute rosemary tree. Actually, we discovered that we both read your blog πŸ™‚

  32. Yeri

    December 6, 2010

    Love the fun colors! And most of all love that you can change this up to any occasion. Thanks!

  33. Flush Designs

    December 7, 2010

    Love this!!

  34. bijuterii

    December 9, 2010

    I like the idea, hope to make some..It will be interesting if the small ball will be covered whit some family pictures…

  35. Anonymous

    December 12, 2010

    Super cute! Love your rainbow color palette!

  36. Sarah Jane

    December 13, 2010

    I love stealing ideas from Anthropologie! I actually talked about that garland and making pom poms on my blog a little while ago. I kind of have a pom pom fetish! Thanks for the DIY!

  37. Sleepy O'Sleepy

    December 13, 2010

    Just looking at pictures of it makes me so happy! Another project to tackle when I'm on vacation πŸ™‚

  38. Tania McCartney

    December 17, 2010


  39. Anonymous

    December 21, 2010

    What kind of thread did you use? Did you get from ornamentea?? Can you find textured thread at a local craft store, like Michael's or Hobby Lobby?

    A friend had a similar pom pom garland that she hung above her fireplace and used it to hang her christmas cards; I'm making this one to take that idea for next year!

  40. Aimee

    December 23, 2010

    LOVE this! I featured you here.

  41. Centrale Termice

    June 10, 2011

    Simple and beautiful. I love it!

  42. Ceasuri Barbatesti

    June 10, 2011

    These are adorable…I can’t wait to try this out! Thank you!

  43. Wordpress Themes

    June 10, 2011

    Verry cute! I will try to do this in a couple of days πŸ˜€

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