Our little gal, 10, wants to learn how to juggle. It all started with one tennis ball. You can't juggle just one ball, she soon figured out, and said, "Mama, we need to buy more balls."
But, see, this child moves onto the next thing in about .0006 seconds, so there wasn't time for the 4-mile trip to the store for more tennis balls. I wanted her to learn to juggle! "Who knows, she might become a clown," said her ever-sarcastically-supportive big brother.
Since we'd been making pompoms for critters (from this craft book, which I highly recommend; we're rather smitten with it, and it's inexpensive!)… as I was saying, since we'd been making pompoms, we had leftover bits of wool yarn, so we made our own little balls!
Here's how we made little woolen balls:
1. Wrap 100% wool yarn into a ball shape (or, if you have little woolen scraps like we did, gather a bunch into a ball shape in your palm). Create a ball shape larger than you'd like the felted ball to be – ours shrunk by about a third.
2. Fill a bowl with hot, soapy water (we used Dawn, but I don't know if that matters).
3. Swish, swish, swish, the ball around until it felts!
And there you go. It really is that simple to make your own felted balls. And you said you're not crafty…
Our little gal is taking three balls for juggling practice, and I'm eyeing the others for possibly stringing together as a garland. Do you have any other ideas for these little balls? I rather like making them, and could easily end up with far too many!