DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters

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Hello, friends! Today I’m back with a fun little DIY. Right before the holidays I came across an image of felt ball coasters. You may have noticed that these little felt balls have been popping up all around craftland. I saw lots of them this past holiday season in garlands and ornaments. Wanting to get crafty with these little guys, I decided to make some colorful coasters for my new office space!

I ended up ordering felt balls from this fab Etsy shop. (The shop owner Claire is a delight!) You can buy the felt balls in multicolor packs or pick whatever combination of colors you like best. I did both. I used the 1cm size for this particular project.

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

As I’ll describe below, I basically glued the balls to some clearance cork coasters I found at TJ Maxx. After doing a little more research when writing this post, I realized that these felt balls could also be threaded onto string and then sewn together. This would eliminate the need for the cork coaster. This would also make the felt balls a bit closer together. I may try this method with a larger size ball. If I do, I’ll be sure to show you how.

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

I’m just super happy with how my coasters turned out. They appeared in this Instagram yesterday, and I was pleased to see that they received such a positive response!

Let me show you how I made them.

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cm wool felt balls (90-100 per coaster depending on the size)
cork coasters
E600 glue

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

Begin by gluing one felt ball to the center of your coaster.

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

I used a long wood skewer to place the glue where I wanted it. When I got to the other rings, I just put the glue directly onto the cork.

To keep the felt balls as tight as possible, you’ll want to stop and allow the glue to dry every so often as you work around each coaster. I worked on my coasters off and on throughout the day.

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

Continue working all the way around until your coaster is completely covered. For the last row, I had just enough space to glue each ball a little to the coaster and a little to the felt ball next to it. This made the cork coaster virtually disappear.

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

After everything is dry, your coasters are ready to use!

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

This is a super simple project, and I think the end product is really spectacular. The coasters are so unique and colorful, clearly a perfect addition to my space.

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

I also really love that they are customizable. The felt balls come in oodles of colors you could do varied shades of blue or a more neutral pallet with grays and whites. Either way, you will have a cozy spot for your favorite beverage.

DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

How do you like my colorful coasters?

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      1. Hey Michael

        The Dollar store carries these little balls as well and cork sheets that you can cut into squares or circles. Also, I think instead of spending so much time placing them individually, just put the glue on the cork then put a pile of balls and then move around to fill cork but being careful not to get any glue on top of balls. I will try my idea first lol. Your idea is great but is very time consuming.

      2. Debbie,
        That’s great you found a way to make this project work for you. Love that!! The balls the Dollar store sells are not the traditional wool felted balls which I really like for this project. Also, taking time to allow the balls to dry in-between makes it possible to glue them tighter to each other so you can’t see the cork. But again, do that works for you.

        xo Michael

  1. I gotta order the felt balls ASAP before the etsy shop that sells them runs out of them after everyone who reads this post heads straight over there to order them 🙂 I love all of you projects, but this is simply fabulous on so many levels.

  2. Wow! What a terrific idea, and so cheer-y and bright. Thanks for the great idea and directions.
    They sure would make great little gifts in a basket, with mug and coffee/tea.
    Thanks again…..

      1. So you used 90-100 felt balls per coaster? That’s what you put in post, but Kim’s question was for how many balls per the 4 you did…just making sure before I order some felt balls…?