DIY Wool Dryer Balls – So Easy Being Green
Interested in purchasing dryer balls but don’t like the cost? Why not set aside some time for diy organic wool dryer balls? With a small investment of time you can easily make your own. They last about 1000 loads before becoming ineffective and even after they’ve outlived their purpose you can still use them for a multitude of other things. Below is a breakdown on how to make and personalize your own organic dryer balls.
Buy the Materials
All you need to make your own organic dryer balls are: scissors, a skein or two of organic yarn, nylons, blunt needle or crochet hook, string or cotton (to secure the ball in the pantyhose). Be sure to not buy any yarn that’s labeled “surper wash” or “machine washable”. Yarn with those labels will not felt properly.
How to Make Them
This is a super easy project with not a whole lot of steps involved. All you have to do is set aside some time to make them. The steps are as follows:
- The first thing you want to do is wrap the wool around your first two fingers about 8-10 times.
- Next, Pinch the bundle of thread in the middle. Pull it off of your fingers then wrap more thread around the center of the bundle about four or five times. Keep doing this until you have the beginning of a ball, then continue on until you have the desired size you need.
- Use a blunt needle or crochet hook to tuck in the thread beneath a few layers of the yarn. Pull it through. Cut the end off. Do all of the steps again until you have 4-6 balls.
- Finally cut off the leg of an old stocking. Place your first into the toe of the nylon. Tie off the open end with the cotton thread or yarn.
How to Felt Them
After you make your own organic dryer balls, you have to felt them before you can use them. The process is not long. All you have to do is throw in your newly constructed wool thread with towels in a hot wash cycle with a cold rinse cycle. Some thread won’t felt right away and may need another wash or two. What you want to look for is if there are spaces between in the strands when you run your fingernail across them.
Add your own scent from a few drops of essential oil or if you have the time and patience, decorate each of your organic dryer balls with other craft material and some handy needling. The choice is yours of course. Depending on how much time you have to devote and also home much skill you have with needling. You can design your new creations to have colorful faces, intricate lines, and even phrases.
Once the balls have outlived their days, you can still use your old ones for other things. Further customize your newly made wool dryer balls by turning them into animals or other fun craft projects.