DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters


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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  • Jackie at

    These are so cute! I’m pretty clumsy though and I was just wondering how these hold up? I was just curious as to if they would just absorb any liquid or if you have a suggestion about how to protect it…maybe mod podge? I haven’t used mod podge much so I don’t really know the it’s limitations. Any suggestions would be appreciated! I love your website ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Like any fabric coaster, I assume they would hold up to typical moisture / water. I wouldn’t put anything on them to protect them as it may affect their fluffiness. Haha.

      xo Michael

  • Dee Williamson at

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I would have never thought to allow the glue to dry a bit before adding more pom-poms. These coasters rock!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Dee!

      xo Michael

  • Meg at

    Absolutely love these! May have to totally copy and get some for myself. Our space could use some perking up — these would be just the ticket. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nina at

    Wow this is pure genius!! I made one of those with the thread and needle method (http://www.melimelooo.blogspot.de/2013/08/filzball-untersetzter.html) and I think your solution is waaay better!!! Even with the thread it is pretty difficult to get those feltballs closer together and in the end you may even see the thread…and it takes foreeever ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you so much for this tutorial, I will difinitely try it out!! Greetings from Germany

    Nina

  • Kaylyn at

    This is freaking adorable! I’m doing this.

  • Sarah @ Bombshell Bling at

    Ok, spectacular is a MAJOR understatement! I LOOOOVE these! I saw them on Pinterest and was instantly smitten!! I have been using felt balls to make jewelry (mostly necklaces) for years, and they are always a big hit. But I have never actually incorporated them into my decor. This is BRILLIANT! I must admit, GLUEING them never occurred to me. Duh. Don’t bother with the threading for this project. It would take exponentially longer. I had to get a special needle to get through the felt well, and it works but it would be a big old pain to do this many. Stick with the glue. Amazing work as always, my virtual friend!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Wow Sarah! Thank you SO much for all of you amazingly kind words. I really appreciate it! Have a fab week!

      xo Michael

  • Lisa at

    Theae are beautiful, I love the colours. I suppose at least with cork the coasters have some rigidity.

  • Darla at

    I have to agree. Great project and great photos.

  • Whitney at

    Super cute! This would be adorable art for a kids’ room too!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh yeah! Great idea Whitney.

      xo Michael

  • Regina at

    Oh! These are fab! Could you post some pics possibly of the same colored wool?! Thank you !

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Regina, I would love to, but I didn’t make any solid color ones. Just this multi-colored type.

      xo Michael

  • Beth at

    How much money did it take approx. for each individual coaster? The wool on etsy is $14…so would that be $14 dollars for EACH coaster? Thanks!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I used about 90 based on this size of coaster. If you want to cut the cost you could make them a little smaller and/or using a larger sized ball. Happy crafting!

      xo Michael

  • Angela at

    OMG these are adorable!!!!!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo Michael

  • jenni at

    Right…me too, expensive cuteness. Now I want to see if I can make my own felted balls ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      There is a way to make felt balls, I just don’t know how. Good luck!

      xo Michael

  • Rebecca at

    I love these, and thanks for sharing this shop, Just purchased some great goodies for a Valentine’s Day project. I’ll definitely be keeping these coasters in mind as gifts!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re more than welcome! Have fun with your projects!

      xo Michael

  • Kelly at

    SUPER CUTE idea, but gulp on the cost! That would be $50+ for a set of four coasters. Love it, but I couldn’t justify the cost.

    • Kim at

      I’m so glad you mentioned this. I thought it was just me! I love them, but the cost is too steep. Especially for DIY coasters. Oh well! They still look great!

  • Stacy M at

    these are super cute! but i was wondering, how would you attempt to clean them if you spilled anything on them?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Great question, but I don’t really have an answer for that one. Only invite over careful friends and family?? Haha. Have a great weekend.

      xo Michael

  • Valerie Robichaud at

    What a wonderful idea, Michael, thank you for sharing. The coasters are bright and cheerful. There are so many possibilities with this DIY project perhaps a heart in the center for Valentine’s Day.

  • Tomoko Kawase at

    I found this from Pinterest, and I love it!!!
    I have a question, where would be the best place to find those colorful and nice dye wool felt balls? Thank you so much!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! There is a link to the place I purchased them in the blog post above.

      xo Michael

  • Miss Charming at

    Love them! You are so creative, Michael.

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