DIY Felted Ball Mobile
September 16, 2014
Most everyone here at SMP headquarters is either on mat leave, has just returned from said leave, or has recently announced that they're expecting. There are maybe two of us who joke that there's something in the SMP water, and we're crossing our fingers it's not contagious (hashtag NotReady). But then we create a DIY the likes of this one, and I start to second guess myself. Because, you guys? It's so cute!!
MaterialsWool roving in various colors
Embroidery thread in various colors
Clear fishing line
Dish soap
10” embroidery hoop
Sewing needle
Hot glue gun & glue sticks


step-1Fill a mixing bowl with hot water and mix in a bit of dish soap.

step-2Take a small tuft of wool roving and dip in the water and roll lightly between your palms for several minutes until a ball forms. Keep adding wool to the ball until the ball is an inch or so in diameter. Squeeze the ball of any excess water and place on a towel to dry.

step-3Repeat step 2 until you have about 40-45 felted balls. If the water cools as you go, refresh it with more hot water. Don’t stress about the size of the balls, it’s good to have a variety of sizes. Make sure you have several balls in each color of wool.

step-4While the balls are drying (1-2 hours), prepare the wooden hoop. Use the inner hoop of the embroidery hoop (without the metal bracket). Glue one end of a strand of embroidery thread to the inside of the hoop, and wrap the thread tightly around the hoop. Keep wrapping until several inches of the hoop are covered. To change colors as you wrap, just knot in a new color thread, trim the excess thread, and keep wrapping. When you reach the other end, glue the thread to the inside of the hoop. Repeat in 4 more sections around the hoop.

step-5Cut a 12” length of fishing line and knot one end. Thread the other end through the needle and string on a felted ball. Tie another knot several inches above the ball and thread on another ball. Repeat until there are 3 or 4 balls on the strand.

step-6Repeat step 5 until you have 13 strands of felted balls and set aside.

step-7Tie a strand of fishing line down the center of the hoop. Tie a second strand perpendicular to the first, to form a cross of fishing line in the center of the hoop. Put a dot of glue on each end of fishing line to keep the lines from shifting.

step-8Tie (4) 24” strands of fishing line to the embroidery hoop, spaced evenly apart. Hot glue in place. Gather the strands and tie to a hook in the ceiling above your crib, making sure the hoop hangs evenly.

step-9Tie on the strands of felted balls, starting with one strand in the center of the fishing line cross. Then tie one strand on each leg of the fishing line cross. Tie the remaining strands around the embroidery hoop, evenly spaced. Dot each strand with hot glue so the line doesn’t shift. Cut any excess fishing line, and enjoy your new mobile!


Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living