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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  • Pat at

    Thanks for this great idea our ceramic and glass coasters keep breaking. This can help in two ways non-breakable and gifting. My husbands name is Michael and he likes the NY Mets, so I can mark the NY with Mets underneath glue orange wool balls on these letters and the rest in navy blue. You can make them for teams or initials etc. just genius.

  • Emma at

    what can I use if I don’t have cork?

  • Diane S. at

    These are a great craft for the senior community where I work in Activities, fun to make and functional to keep and use themselves or give as a gift!

  • Jenny at

    Hey there! This is such a fabulous idea. I can’t wait to make them. QQ: Would using a hot glue gun yield the same results? I live overseas. E600 glue isn’t readily available.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Jenny, you could use hot glue, I just find it to be messier and not as strong. However, I think it would do the trick.

      xo Michael

  • Lexi at

    These are absolutely adorable!

  • PJ at

    They look fabulous, can’t wait to see if mine turn out as nice as yours! Thanks for sharing.

  • Design Wigan at

    I love these! They’re so colourful and would look great in our office!

  • Krati Agarwal at

    Such a lovely idea! I love colours and its not only vibrant but beautiful too. Absolutely loved it, Michael. 🙂

  • Lanette at

    Do you have to use “wool”? I live in a small town area and having problem finding wool pom poms.
    Love to make these with my niece’s and nephew’s as our holiday craft projects.

  • Frankie at

    Uhhhhh. I need those, how cool and cute are they. I guess this year everyone will receive those for christmas. .-D

  • Roxanne at

    love the coasters , but I am going to make a rug , but I will use needle and thread on material , tha will b a winter project. Also thank you so much for all the different crafts.

  • Mish at

    Do you have info on how to do the cork-less version? I’m wondering how best to stitch the string of balls together to make the circle shape strong. Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I wouldn’t. E6000 will give you a much stronger hold.

      xo Michael

      • Kristen at

        I love the felt ball coasters! I am in the process of making them now. They are turning out great but I notice an odor from the e6000 glue. I was wondering if you had that problem too. It has been at least a day of drying and I still smell it. They are a gift for someone and I am afraid they might smell like glue. Any ideas?

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Thanks! I still love mine. I don’t remember any issues with the glue smell being a problem after drying. Yes, it does have an odor when you’re using it, but I would assume it should fade away. I can’t smell it at all on mine now. I would assume that should fade. Maybe store them in a plastic container with a dryer sheet to give them a fresher smell if you’re giving them to a friend right away. Hope that helps!

        xo Michael

      • Kristen at

        Dear Michael, Thank you so much for your quick response. I think you are right. As they dry, the glue smell is going away. Patience, right?! And the dryer sheet is a wonderful idea. Thank you for such a fun crafting project. I am truly inspired by their charm.
        Happiness to you, Kristen

  • Rita at

    I love the colours on these! Am I the only person who saw these and immediately thought of chocolate freckles? You know – the chocolate circles covered with sprinkles.

  • Connie Robertson at

    Loved your coasters. I was just thinking that you could also use old CDs for the base of these if you needed them bigger for those big coffee mugs. Cover the bottom with felt and they would work great.

  • Zaira at

    These are so cute! Do you think I could get away with using the cheaper pom poms? or would they unravel and not work? Wool is expensive, although it’s totally a lovely gift idea and easy to use. But to make four is a little steep. Thanks!

  • Rebecca_FeltBallRug at

    I just came across this blog post but these coasters are adorable and such a fun DIY craft!

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