Tutorial: How to Make a Felted Holiday Garland


A guest post by Jenna Thompson of Small Bird Handcrafted Jewelry.

I love handmade Christmas decorations, but I hardly had any that were made by my own hands”¦until now”¦

I think I meant to make this felted garland last year”¦but I never got around to it. (Thats a familiar tune around here this time of year.)  It was not *quite* as quick and easy as I had hoped, but thats probably due, in part, to my perfectionism rearing its ugly head halfway through this thing. Thats not to say that it was difficult, by any means. I just added some extra steps.

I used about 1.5 oz. wool roving in several colors, and got about 48 balls out of it. I needed two pairs of stockings to tie up the roving, and used the washing machine technique for felting. The problem was that wherever the stocking gathered between knots, it created a crease in the felted ball. I wound up with 48 little brightly colored”¦fannies (which you can sort of see in the bowl in the photo below). Ahem. So I hauled my fanny to the craft store and bought some needle felting tools. Id only tried needle felting once, at a sheep and wool festival, but that little demo provided me with all the knowledge I needed for this project i.e., stabstabstabstabstabstabstab”¦

I arranged the various felted balls in a perfectly random pattern (I know, I have a problem), and used a natural, twine-colored worsted weight yarn to string them. I love the handmade touch they add to my mantle.

About Jenna: Jenna is the designer and crafter behind Small Bird Jewelry. When she’s not making jewelry, she’s probably knitting, sewing, or doing home improvement projects. Get shop updates by following smallbirdshop on Twitter at this link.

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LOVE it 🙂

Tali Schiffer | December 14th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Me too Tali. I fell in love with it as soon as Jenna sent it over to me! I’ve tried felting once before and it was a lot of fun. If I had the materials, I would totally make one of these this year for the mantle. I love it!

papernstitch | December 14th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

so cool – very 70s and i love it!

the clothing menu | December 14th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

It does have a little bit of a retro vibe, doesn’t it TheClothingMenu?

papernstitch | December 14th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

these garlands are cute! and great for any occasion, really. 🙂 thanks for sharing!
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angie | December 14th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

These are adorable! And I love the “random” pattern of colors!
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Julie | December 14th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I love the random color pattern as well Julie.

papernstitch | December 14th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Wow! What a fun idea! I love the colour it puts into a room – and yet it’s simple and elegant too. I’ve got to get me some roving and a needle!
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Catherine | December 14th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

this is adorable! i can see it at a party or wedding, too.
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kristin @ petal and thorn | December 15th, 2010 at 3:03 am

Oh, this is splendid! Love love love it…
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molly | December 19th, 2010 at 10:29 am

I agree Kristin. This would be great for party decor as well. And I could see it working for a wedding with the right colors as well. Good thinking!

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I think I would like to make these for my wedding! What a great idea! Do you think it would work well, or does it scream holiday garland?

Raquel | December 21st, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I totally think it would work for a wedding, especially if you customize it with you wedding colors or neutrals if you don’t have specific colors you are working with. Then I don’t think it would look Christmas-y at all. Good luck!

papernstitch | December 21st, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Thanks, my mom (who is a knitter) and I are both subscribing to your blog. (Found you through style-files.com, by the way.) 🙂

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Well, I am so glad that you found papernstitch. Welcome to you and your mom!

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I was thinking of doing something similar for the tree next year, but hadn’t considered needle felting. I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the post!
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Miss Bargainista | January 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Miss Bargainista, its really easy and fun to do! You should definitely try felting. 🙂

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hi! love this. can you tell me where you got the natural-twine that the garlands are strung along??
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bridget | November 10th, 2011 at 11:46 am

I’ve been making little needle felt ball to make a garland like this. I’ve stabbed my first finger and thumb several times… lol
your garland is very lovely!

Casey | November 16th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Such a lovely idea and simple enough even for not that crafty people to make. They must be really warm and fluffy too. Right for the season.

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