Faux Billy Ball Felted Flowers

I loveeeee the look of billy balls, also know as Caspedias. The real thing is so expensive though! I wanted to try making some to possible use at my wedding, so I went about attempting to felt for my first time! Here's the finished product:

I love how it turned out!

I first set about making the flowers. To do this you need wool roving (I got mine off amazon here), hot water, soap, and paper towels.

Separate the wool into thin strips.

Roll the strip up tightly into a ball.

Dunk in warm water and keep it submerged until all the air bubbles come out.

Drizzle some dish soap on it, and then start gently rolling it all around back in forth in the palms of your hands.

Do this until the ball has been "felted" aka when the water and soap disappear and when the ball starts keeping its form on its own very well.

For the stems, I used floral wire from Walmart. I poked a hole in the flower first with the stem.

And then added some hot glue to the stem and stuck it in the premade hole.

The flowers I made were pretty small, so I needed a small vase to keep them in. I had an old mini maple syrup bottle in my room that someone had given me years ago. If you take the cap and sticker off, it makes a perfect mini vase!

I added a purple bow and arranged the flowers, and that was it! So adorable! 

I'm planning on making three more of them and using them somewhere at my wedding. I was lucky and was able to find three more of the exact syrup bottles from an etsy shop called Jazzies Junque. I was so happy to find them! I'm thinking I could line them up on the guest book table or something like that. 

I'll be sharing this with all the link parties in my header including Today's Creative Blog and Christina's Adventures


  1. Those are cute! I remember when I showed my sister how felting worked--she was amazed! These would make a cute winter decoration - yeah they're flowers but they're made of wool so they're super cozy looking....

  2. Very cute!! I had no idea what a Billy Ball was!! :)

  3. Those are adorable! Do they feel really weird when they're wet?

  4. What a great idea for decorating! I've seen these on Pinterest in yellow, love them!

  5. I've never heard the term Billy Ball but they sure are cute!

  6. how cute never would have guessed they were made in this manner come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  7. I've never heard of them, but they're adorable!

  8. This is awesome! I've wondered about felting for a while now but thought that it was way harder than this. I'm inspired to give it a try now. Thanks Rebecca!

  9. Very cute! So simple and pretty!!

  10. I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is lovely and my favorite color too. Hugs!

  12. Love it! I've been wondering how to make these felted balls. Thanks for showing us how! I love how yours turned out!

  13. I've never heard of those before, but they are cute! great job! I hope you come link up with us at Show & Share! http://mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-3.html


  14. I have always wanted to try wool felting! (like I need another craft addiction, lol!) These turned out awesome. I would love to see you link this post up at Freestyle Friday, going on now through Sunday night at Happy Hour Projects!

    Hope to see you there ~ Adrianne

  15. Too cute! I just might have to try this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. That is so clever!! Love the purple- cute cute!
    Happy Labor Day weekend!

    PS- Thanks for linkin up w/ us!

  17. It's very cute. Love the purple color.

    Hope you can drop by in my blog, http://scrapidoodlelicious.blogspot.com/

  18. Darling purple billy balls! They came out so well! I've seen these felting tutorials but am scared of wool felt b/c I'm allergic to wool...

    xo caroline @ c.w.frosting

  19. I wanted to try making some to possible use at my wedding, so I went about attempting to felt for my first time! Here's the finished product:about a florist in perth western australia