Wool dryer balls have multiple uses. They’re not just handy for drying your laundry. Did you know they can be used for decorations, art projects, and you can even turn them into felt balls. Below is a guide to some of the many different uses for wool dryer balls. Be creative and use your imagination. Don’t limit yourself to just the ideas here, but it is a good place to begin generating them.
Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls
Before you begin making anything with your wool dryer balls, you can save a lot of money by making your own. You can do this one of a few ways. The first is to buy some wool yarn and simply make a ball out of it. You’ll need a needle to complete it but they don’t take long to make at all. Just wrap the yarn around itself until it’s about the size of a tennis ball. When it’s the right size, cut the yarn with a pair of scissors. Then with the tail, thread it through the eye of a tapestry needle. You’ll want to then weave the tail through the ball several times to keep the yarn secure. If you don’t do this, the yarn will unravel in the dryer and your clothes won’t receive the benefit that wool dryer balls provide. When you’re done run them through a few wash cycles before using as dryer balls. This will tighten them up so that they will be more secure to use in the dryer.
You can also make your own wool dryer balls out of a sweater too. You want it to be able to felt well so stick using old wool sweaters that say “dry clean only” or or “hand wash”. Start by cutting the sweater apart. Roll each part into a ball and place each one into the leg of a nylon stocking. Make a knot at the end of each one then run them through a few wash cycles to felt them tightly.
If you enjoy arts and crafts you can actually make felted animals from wool dryer balls. Skip the wool sweater material. For these types of projects you’ll want to stick with actual wool dryer balls. If you’re good with a needle these projects are fun and don’t cost a lot of money to make.
Need to retire your old wool dryer balls? They actually make great practice balls for baseball and softball. Just grab a mitt and head outside. Kids love playing outside and you’ll love saving money on baseballs.
Repurpose Wool Dryer Balls
Before their initial use, some individuals like to add essential oil to each of the balls. However, once they no longer serve a purpose as dryer balls, it can be hard to figure out what to do with them. One example you is to stick them in a drawer and keep your clothing smelling nice. The natural air fresheners are a great way to keep your home and your clothes smelling incredible every day.