How to Make a Felted-Wool Bead Door Hanger

Learn how to upcycle old wool and then pair them with pompoms to make decorations for doorknobs or cabinet knobs.

Door knobs need jewelry too.  With the help of some raw wool (roving) and a little soapy water you can easily whip up something beautiful, boho and beaded.

Usually being agitating is not a good thing, but in the case of making DIY felted wool beads, it’s perfect.  This project just needs a few supplies, but the key is agitation!

Check out this episode of DIY This with Jennifer Perkins. A couple of different felting options are demonstrated. They’re not just for doors, see how to use the beads for things like pushpins and jewelry.

Supplies:
  • wool roving
  • dish soap
  • warm water
  • small bowl
  • large needle
  • yarn
  • hoop
  • scissors
  • embellishments (tassels, pompom, other beads)

Mix dish soap with warm water. How much soap depends on how much water. Just a drop of soap was used with this small bowl.

Submerge the roving into the water. Squeeze out excess liquid. Roll into a ball shape. Agitate the wool by rolling it between your palms as if you are making a ball of clay. Keep repeating the process of dipping into the warm water and rolling until a tight ball of yarn forms.

When you have a round shape you will need to use a needle to make a hole. Also, note that if your bead has cracks you can add a small strand of roving to the crack to repair it.

Assemble the door hanger by stringing the felted beads, pompoms and tassels from yarn using a large needle. Try adding some DIY Wooden Craft Store Beads too.

Attach the string of beads to a bangle bracelet or macrame ring.

Hang from doorknobs, cabinet pulls and more.
See, that door did some jewelry.

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