Even though I buy my wool dryer balls from an eco-friendly Canadian company, some people prefer to make their own or are interested in trying their hand at it.
In this post, I explain how to make wool dryer balls, and I’ve included a video by an experienced crafter to show the steps.
How to Make Wool Dryer Balls
There are basic steps for making your own wool dryer balls. You’ll get more in-depth detail in the video below.
- Either wool roving, wool batting, or skeins of wool. (How much will depend on the number of balls you want to make.)
- Pantyhose, stockings, or knee highs
- A felting needle
- A large darning needle
- String or yarn
- Optional: essential oils and measuring tape
- Wind the wool into the shape of a ball, the size you want. Dryer balls are usually the size of a tennis ball or a softball.
- Tuck in the stray end of the wool with the darning needle and use the felting needle to felt the wool.
- Place each wool ball in the leg of a pair of pantyhose. Tie off between the balls so each is separate from the others.
- Tie off the top of the pantyhose leg.
- Wash and dry the balls in the pantyhose in your washer and dryer to complete the felting process.
- Optional: You can use a measuring tape to decide the size of the balls and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to scent them.
These are the basic materials and steps for making wool dryer balls. Crafty Patti goes into more detail in her excellent video.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls Video
The basic steps for creating wool dryer balls are not complicated. But, nothing beats watching someone do it and demonstrating how it’s done.
3 Wool Sources
To add the needed visual, I’ve included this video of Crafty Patti demonstrating the steps for three ways to make wool dryer balls from different wool materials.
3 Methods to Create Wool Dryer Balls
Crafty Patti includes the process with wool batting, wool roving yarn, and raw core wool.
The materials may be slightly different, but the process and finished product are basically the same and you can choose which method to try.
An Experienced Crafter
This lady is an experienced crafter and has got you covered with all the ways you can produce your own wool dryer balls.
Plus, she discusses the materials you’ll need for each method. The materials are not extensive, so the process is very doable for people who like to DIY their household products.
The Main Cost is the Wool
The biggest cost you’ll run into is the cost of working with eco-friendly 100% wool, depending on the number of dryer balls you want to create.
I use 3-4 dryer balls with a smaller or medium load and 6-8 balls with a larger load of clothes. You’ll find that the more you add, the less time the dryer will need to run, saving on energy.
Caring for DIY Wool Dryer Balls
Caring for your newly crafted wool dryer balls is not difficult. Some people just leave them in the dryer between loads because they’re only ever in contact with clean clothes, so don’t need to be washed unless they become soiled (in my opinion).
In the Washing Machine
However, if you do decide to wash them, you can add them to a load of clothes in the washer. But place each one inside a sock to keep it from unraveling. This works well if you’re using an eco-friendly laundry detergent.
Additionally, some people recommend washing them by hand with mild soap and lukewarm water. And, of course, they can be dried in the dryer.
If you make or buy quality dryer balls, and take care of them, they should last a long time (even years), saving you money and helping the environment.
Now you know how to make wool dryer balls (in several ways) and you can decide if it’s a DIY project you’d like to take on. If not, you can check out the eco-friendly Canadian company where I buy my wool dryer balls.
No matter which way you decide to go, wool dryer balls are an eco-friendly alternative to chemical-filled dryer sheets that are harmful to your health and the environment.