DIY Wool Felt Ball Coasters | Inspired by Charm

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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Comments

  • Amy Y at

    These are so colorful and cute! Does the glue stand up to a hot mug sitting on this?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Absolutely!! E600 wouldn’t be affected by heat from a mug. Thanks Amy!

      xo Michael

      • Rose at

        Can you do it with hot glue gun? They cost about $14 per coaster? I love them. I am purchasing from Claire. Thank you.

  • Kim at

    Another great idea! Approximately how many balls did you use for your set of 4 coasters? I’m trying to get an idea of how many to order.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Great question! I updated the post. Somewhere between 90 – 100.

      xo Michael

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Amy!! Happy Crafting!

      xo Michael

  • Nikki @ Tikkido at

    You got great coverage! I didn’t realize there was a cork base there until I read the post.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! I know! They did cover so well.

      xo Michael

  • Emily C at

    These are fantastic! I love them!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Emily!

      xo Michael

  • Michelle at

    Love this idea. Adding these to my list of projects I would like to do in 2014.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Michelle!

      xo Michael

  • Debbie at

    I Love them!!! And your pictures are perfect!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re so sweet Debbie! Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Jenn from Texas at

    Love this! It reminds me of a pom pom wreath that I saw on Pinterest using large pom poms/felt balls. I am dying to make that one :) I might have to make some of these to match!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I’ve seen those wreaths. They are so fabulous.

      xo Michael

  • Julia D. at

    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…..

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Totally! Everyone love something homemade. Perfect for a gift.

      xo Michael

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome at

    They are so cute, and I agree that the colors are perfect for your space! I’m loving pompoms right now – I really don’t want to take down the pompom tree centerpiece I made for Christmas 😉

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Ooo! A pompom centerpiece. That sounds fun!

      xo Michael

  • Jamie @ Anderson & Grant at

    Fabulous idea! The pops of color of perfect for you, but I love how the idea can be transformed for neutral people like me, too. I’m loving the distressed bench that you used in the pictures, too!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – I love that these can be customized to suit anyone’s style. Isn’t that bench great!?

      xo Michael

  • TracyG at

    I love these, Michael! Where did you get/order the felt balls? They aren’t available at my local craft store. Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Tracy, there is a link in the post above where I ordered them. :)

      xo Michael

  • Rebecca at

    this is such a great idea! I love the look of the wool felt balls–I really like that they’re a bit more rustic looking than regular ole pompoms.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh yeah – these are so much nicer than the ones at the craft store. I just love them!

      xo Michael

  • Stephanie at

    These are so fun and cute!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!

      xo Michael

  • Leslie K at

    I was also wondering where you bought the felt wool balls. I love this project!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Leslie, there is a link in the post above where you can get them. Happy crafting! :)

      xo Michael

  • Diane@InMyOwnStyle at

    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.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Good point Diane! I pretty much want to glue them to everything now! Haha.

      xo Michael

  • Emily @ My Love for Words at

    Oh my goodness, these are so cute! I love the bright, happy colors. I’m ordering felt balls immediately!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. Sounds like a plan!

      xo Michael

  • shar at

    Beautiful and clever project!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! They were fun to put together.

      xo Michael

  • Karin at

    These are the happiest coasters I’ve ever seen! They make me smile. Didn’t know that a little coaster could do that did you? :)

  • Kelsey at

    Whoa. I don’t have words to describe my total obsession with these! Felt dots? Colour pops? Can it get any better? Nope. Can’t wait to make these! x

  • Miss Charming at

    Love them! You are so creative, Michael.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • jenni at

    Right…me too, expensive cuteness. Now I want to see if I can make my own felted balls :)

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

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

      xo Michael

  • Angela at

    OMG these are adorable!!!!!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      :)

      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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Darla at

    I have to agree. Great project and great photos.

  • Lisa at

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

  • 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

  • Kaylyn at

    This is freaking adorable! I’m doing this.

  • 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 😉 Thank you so much for this tutorial, I will difinitely try it out!! Greetings from Germany

    Nina

  • 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. :)

  • 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

  • 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 :)

    • 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

  • 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!

  • Web Design at

    Great idea. I will defiantly make this

  • 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!

  • Denise at

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

  • 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

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Jessica!

      xo Michael

  • Eliina at

    I’m making one right now! Love it.

  • 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!!!!!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • stella park at

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  • 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.

  • 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!

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  • 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?

    • 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!!! :)

  • 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!

  • Rebecca_FeltBallRug at

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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

  • Mish at

    Hello,
    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!

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