DIY Felt Ball Garland

I got a little crafty over the weekend and made a felt ball garland.  You can buy a pretty 6-foot felt ball garland at Land of Nod, but it’s $20 plus shipping, so I ordered 50 colorful felt balls from Ebay ($13.75 with free shipping) and made my own.  It only took a few minutes to thread all the balls and it came out to at least six feet. 

This garland is perfect for the holidays, but for now, it’s decorating the bright red mirror in my son’s room.  I sort of winged-it for how the garland would hang and used big push-pins to hold the garland in place.  
My son has my decorating/organizing gene and is pretty particular about how things are kept in his room.  I love the set-up on his dresser because it reflects some of what this 4 1/2 year old is into right now (legos, Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, and dressing up – those are doggie ears he got at a recent birthday party on the lamp).  The lamp is from Joss & Main
We collected and painted the rocks together over the summer and he’s since added to his collection.  He lines them up this way and I dare not touch them- he’ll notice if even one is out of place from how he left them! 
We rearranged the room a while ago, so now the mirror sits over his dresser to the left when you walk in the room. The mirror is from Lowe’s (I think), but it was originally silver (hanging in my office), and I spray painted it red with this glossy red spray paint.  I’m not a fan of the “don’t cover the mirror and just razor off the excess paint” so I tried to tape and cover the mirror with paper, but a thin coat of spray paint seeped through.  Did you know that regular household rubbing alcohol will remove spray paint from a mirror?   It took several cotton balls worth of alcohol, but it came out perfectly clean.  Here’s the before and after. 

Pretty cool, huh?! 

You can see more of James’ room here and here
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13 Comments

  1. November 11, 2014 / 7:10 pm

    Love the garland, great idea! I am thinking that might be a fun decoration for the holidays too!

    • November 12, 2014 / 2:24 pm

      So many different color combinations too.

  2. November 11, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    The garland is cute, and something tells me you are going to have a hard time getting it back for use during the holidays!! The rock collection is adorable.

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:10 pm

      I'm sure you're right Lauren!

  3. November 11, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    Adore this! We are both talking felt balls;) And I love the gallery wall peek through the mirror. J's room is just darling.

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:10 pm

      I saw that! I didn't realize that was a felt tree skirt. Very cool.

  4. November 12, 2014 / 12:43 am

    Where did you get the thread that you strung them with? I have not seen anything thy changes colors like that. Thank you!

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:10 pm

      That thread is from Michael's.

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:12 pm

      Super quick and easy!

  5. November 12, 2014 / 3:09 am

    I love the garland! So fun Megan and I bet James loves it, too. The red mirror is wonderful…bright and cheery.

    • November 12, 2014 / 4:13 pm

      He needed a mirror in his room, now I'm thinking it would be better leaning on the dresser because how it's hung now is really too high to be of use. Spray painting was a quick transformation from silver to red.

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