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How to Make Colourful DIY Wool Dryer Balls (the Perfect Zero Waste Idea!)

how to make wool dryer balls

Wool dryer balls are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets and liquid softeners. Did you know that you can make them yourself at home in a few simple steps, too? If you’re wondering if wool dryer balls really work, they do and they have many benefits: they decrease drying time, there are no chemicals in them, you’ll never have to buy dryer sheets again and they will significantly reduce static. Get ready to make them in a few simple steps…


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How to make wool dryer

Materials Required:

  • 100% wool roving
  • Wool yarn in different colours
  • Nylon tights
  • Wool needle or crochet hook
  • Scissors

How to make wool dryer balls

Step One: Make the Base of Your Balls

Using the wool roving as the base, create a few mini balls (the size of a golf ball or bigger).

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How to make wool dryer balls in simple steps

Step Two: Wrap the Wool Roving With Yarn 

After you have a few balls of wool roving ready, you can wrap each of them with wool yarn until you form a big ball. Wrap tightly until the ball is the desired size.

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DIY dryer balls

Step Three: Secure the Balls 

Using a crochet hook, tuck the end of the thread under several layers of yarn and cut the end.

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Wool dryer balls DIY

Step Four: Put the Wool Balls Into an Old Nylon


You’ll need an old pair of nylon tights for this step. Grab your wool balls and put them into the end of the nylons, then tie tightly with a string and repeat with the next ball.

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Wool Dryer Balls DIY

Step Five: Finish Your Wool Ball Nylon Caterpillar & Wash

You can add as many balls as you need into your nylon, making sure you tie them tightly. As soon as you finish adding all the balls, you can cut the nylon end. Throw your stuffed nylon into your next wash and wash them in a hot water cycle. Dry them in the hottest dryer setting and repeat this process three to four times.

How To Make Wool Dryer Balls DIY

Step Six: Remove the Balls From the Nylon

Remove the wool balls from the nylon and they’ll be ready to use in your next dryer load. Just throw these colourful balls in the dryer with your freshly washed clothes and let them do their magic.

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do wool dryer balls work

You did it! Your dryer will be so happy to welcome this fantastic eco-friendly idea.

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Wool Dryer Balls DIY in a few simple steps

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Wool Dryer Balls DIY: Just in 6 steps





Images courtesy of Maca Atencio

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