I don’t know what it is about felt decorations, I find them so aesthetically pleasing. I especially love these cute felt hearts that I’ve seen used as hanging ornaments and used in garlands. And as the typical DIY-craft-lover that I am, I thought how hard can it be to make these myself? Answer: ridiculously easy. I’ll show you how to make felt hearts that you can use to decorate for holidays, parties, or give as gifts.
You don’t need a lot of supplies to get started with some simple felting. All you need are:
- wool roving in whatever color you choose. Wool roving is basically wool after it’s been carded (brushed out) and dyed and before it’s spun into yarn.
- a felting needle (I actually picked up the refills by accident and not the entire needle, but for my purposes it worked fine). A felting needle has barbs on the end that mesh the fibers together. This works so wool in condensed quickly.
- a small heart cookie cutter
- a foam pad or foam board (optional but recommended)
You can find these supplies at a craft store, online, or your best best for a wide range of colors is a specialty yarn shop. They are also able to answer any questions you may have. I had a ton for our local yarn store and they were super helpful and gave me all the info I would need to start felting.
Get Your Felt On
You won’t believe how easy these are to make. The only caveat is they are a bit time-consuming. Each felt heart takes about ten minutes to get the wool condensed enough that it will hold it’s shape. So find yourself a good Netflix show and get felting!
The first step is cutting the right amount of wool. You want to cut a piece off that is approximately three times the size of your heart-shaped cookie cutter.
Now jam the felt into the cookie cutter as best you can. It’s going to be bursting out of the bottom, and that’s ok. You’ll want to put the felt-filled heart shape on some sort of pad to protect your table surface, and for goodness sake don’t try and hold it in your hand. The needle is very sharp. I didn’t have a foam board or pad so I did these on the inside of my planner. Just whatever you do don’t hold it in your hand.
Once you have shoved in, start poking at the wool repeatedly with your needle. Now you may notice in some of these photos I’m sporting a band-aid at the end of my finger. These needles are super sharp and when you’re rapidly jabbing it into the wool you’re bound to end up outside the cookie cutter so keep your fingers as far away as possible. Lesson learned.
Once the wool is starting to condense on one side, flip it over and continue on the other side. Pay special attention to the area around the edge of the cookie cutter since this is where the wool may want to expand back out if you don’t have it condensed enough. Keep switching back and forth, the wool will continue to further condense.
The wool should be condensed to about 3/4 the height of the cookie cutter when it’s done. When you pull the felt heart out of the cookie cutter you may need to needle the sides to condense any stray bits of wool. If your heart seems oddly shaped just push it back into the cookie cutter and carry on with the needle.
And there you have it! Adorable felt hearts that you can use in crafts, or simply put out on display in a small bowl or on a decorative plate. My kids were dazzled by these when I finished so i will be making a garland for their rooms.
In the next few weeks I’ll be doing a tutorial on how to make felt balls which can also be used for a variety of crafts, so stay tuned!
I hope you found my felt heart DIY tutorial useful, if you have any questions please feel free to leave them below and I will be happy to help!