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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  • Janine Waite at

    I love this idea! I saw them in a store in Berkeley, California and wanted to recreate it. I love your idea of using the cork coasters! Brilliant! They had sewn theirs together which would be really difficult and time consuming! Love your blog!

    • Amanda at

      Lindsey! Have you ordered or gotten anything from this site yet? I’m curious to know if it’s legit or not, because that would certainly make a difference in the price!!! 🙂

  • Shannon at

    These are great. We want to make these at our family reunion but need to get the cost down. Could you use pompoms?

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  • Lori at

    I plan to make this for an adult craft at the library where I work. I’m anxious to see how they turn out! Wish me luck!

  • Liliana Campbell at

    I read in one of the comments that they asked you about how to clean them if they get stained….After all , coasters are precisely used to prevent liquids to reach your furniture…so I think that spraying Scotch Guard or Never Wet on them will do the trick…specially when it cost almost $15.00 to make each one.

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  • stella park at

    thank you:))

  • Linda at

    I just adore these, only thing, they’re quite expensive to make. The store on mentioned on Etsy sells these felt ball for $13.53/100 balls and you said it takes about that many to make one coaster. With glue and cork that’s a $15 coaster!

    Any suggestions on how to bring the cost down because you can’t make just one-it will need lots of friends! 🙂

    Thanks, Linda

  • Trish at

    I was wondering if you have used a hot glue gun with this or if you think it may work? Well done and nice color choices.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Trish, I think it would work. I just find hot glue messy. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Ruth at

    ADORABLE!!! Where do you get the special glue?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Ruth, you can get it at any craft store or online.

      xo Michael

  • Kayley at

    Truly gorgeous! Love it and must give it a go. Same I didn’t find this idea earlier as they would have been amazing wedding favours!!!!!

  • Eliina at

    I’m making one right now! Love it.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Jessica!

      xo Michael

  • SakuraMari at

    I first want to say that I love the things you post! Such clean and fresh feeling ideas for the home, and great looking recipes!
    These coasters look absolutely adorable, and I’m contemplating making a few. My only query is how comfortably do the mugs sit on them? The reason I ask is basic physics – anything round requires balance, and even though there are many round things on the coaster, there’s still that space between the roundness. LOL I know how silly that sounds but I’m at a lack of a better explanation! Your beautiful picture of a tea mug doesn’t seem to be “squishing” the felt balls, it seems to precariously perch atop them.
    Thank you for what you do, and for allowing me to post my silly description as a question.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s a very valid question. Glasses and mugs actually sit on the coaster very very well. I’ve had no tipping issues. I think because there are so many balls it makes a smoother surface. Granted if your mug or glass is half off the coaster you could run into some troubles, but that happens with any coaster. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  • Denise at

    Wonderful! How fun are these?
    What a way to celebrate a cup of coffee, tea, etc.

  • Desiree at

    This is a great snow day craft for my kids! I love that you used glue instead of the thread…so much safer for the little hands!

  • Web Design at

    Great idea. I will defiantly make this

  • Trish at

    These are so awesome! I’m going to make two sets – one for me and my husband, and the other for a Valentine’s gift for my sister!

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