This easy tutorial will show you how to make homemade natural wool dryer balls that you can use over and over again in the dryer.
A few years ago I made Felted Dryer Ball Pumpkins as a fun home decor craft. In that tutorial I used skeins of yarn to make the dryer balls. I also hand washed the balls to felt the fibers together.
Today I'm sharing a fun general dryer ball tutorial with natural wool roving and colored roving. This is a fun way to play with colored wool and make pretty patterns while also creating useful and practical dryer balls for your own home use.
How to Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls
Start by taking a 3 foot piece of the natural wool roving and rolling it into a ball.
Use your felting pen to punch down on the edges to secure them into place.
Add two additional strips of roving or more to make a large ball.
Then use the felting pen to combine them all together into a round ball shape.
Now comes the fun part. Add different pieces of colored roving yarn in stripes or dots. Whatever you want to do. Tack in place with the felting pen.
Here's what two of mine looked like at this stage.
Next, stuff them into a nylon knee-high and separate the two balls with a piece of string. Close the top with another piece of string.
Then wash the balls in the washer with some detergent and hot water. Followed by a run through the dryer.
Cut away the pantyhose and you will see that your dryer balls have reduced in size and have become nice and compact.
Now you can use them in the dryer to help fluff and dry your clothes instead of dryer sheets.
Miss the scent? Add a couple of drops of lavender or other essential oils to the balls before placing them in the dryer. It's that simple.