Ever heard of dryer balls? I hadn’t until recently mostly because I try to air dry my laundry as much as possible. Sometimes though, the large items such as bedding need to go in the dryer in the winter. Using dryer balls helps fluff and aerate tumbling laundry. As usual, when I found out they were made from wool, I knew had to create my own DIY.
Throwing these kawaii balls in the dryer helps speed up the drying process and means I don’t have to do a dreaded second tumble. These yellow cuties even help reduce static cling.
The important part of this quick craft is to use real wool (made from animal fibres). An acrylic or plant-based material will not felt nor help with static. I’ve also added a few drops of lavender essential oils to each ball to give that hint of clean freshness. You can use your favourite fragrance (orange? eucalyptus?) or use none at all, it’s completely up to you. You can also use any colour wool too- I went with a rich yellow because I envisioned happy little faces looking back at me. Keep in mind that it’s best to use a light or neutral shade to avoid any colour bleeding to your clothes.
Happy Kawaii Dryer Balls
- yellow wool, approximately 50 grams or enough to make two tennis ball size cuties
- black wool for face detailing
- doll needle (those long 5 inch ones)
- crochet hook
- old pantyhose
- few drops of essential oils, such as lavender
- Start wrapping the wool into a ball until it is the size of a tennis ball, using approximately 25 grams for each ball.
- Use a crochet hook to pull the loose end through the entire ball to secure the loose thread and keep it from unraveling.
- Place one ball in each toe of the pantyhose and tie a knot. The pantyhose will keep the wool together.
- Throw the balls in the laundry with the next hot water load- the hot water will help felt the wool. Allow to fully dry. Repeat a few more times.
- Thread doll needle with black wool and embroider two eyes and a little smiling mouth.
- Add a few drops of essential oil.