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DIY

by Panduro

Felt a wool plant pot or two

Felt a wool plant pot or two

How to instructions

  • 1

    For this DIY project you need wool, green soap and bubble wrap.

  • 2

    Cut out a 20-30 cm diameter circle of bubble wrap, depending on how large you want the pot to be.

  • 3

    Mix the soap with the water and spray onto a tray. Place the bubble wrap disc on top.

  • 4

    Pull off small pieces of wool and cover the whole disc with a thick layer. Let the wool extend about 3 cm beyond the disc. Spray the wool with plenty of soap and water.

  • 5

    Place a large piece of bubble wrap on top of the wool and rub carefully across the entire disc. Next, remove the top layer of bubble wrap and gently rub the wool until you can tell it is fulling and firming up.

  • 6

    Turn over the whole piece of wool with the bubble wrap disc. Fold the raw wool edge in all around the disc and add fresh wool on this side of the bubble wrap too. Use enough wool to cover the whole disc. Spray with plenty of soapy water and rub gently with the bubble wrap and then straight on the wool until it fulls and firms up.

  • 7

    Continue turning over the wool and adding fresh wool, spraying with soapy water and rubbing until you have three layers of wool on both sides of the disc. When the wool feels firm and there are no loose strands, you’re ready for the next step.

  • 8

    Cut out a small hole at the centre of the disc on one side. Pull the bubble wrap disc out through the hole. Your disc is now flat and hollow.

  • 9

    Spray with soapy water and place one hand inside the wool. Rub, rub, and rub some more with one hand inside the plant pot and the other hand on the outside. The more you rub, the more firmly felted your plant pot will be. As you rub, the hole gets larger and you will be shaping the sides into a bowl shape. Continue to rub with soapy water until the pot feels firm and you are pleased with the result.

  • 10

    Rinse the pot in warm water until all the soap is gone. Take care to get all the soap residue out, or it may stain the wool yellow. Squeeze out all the water and leave the pot to dry.

Have you tried felting? This amazing craft is just so absorbing for beginners and seasoned felters alike. When felting wool roving, you use soapy water, which you rub into the unspun wool until it felts. It takes quite a lot of rubbing, but it’s amazing to see how a bit of wool can be turned into a hand-felted plant pot or bowl with a bit of effort. Tip: Place your plant on a saucer or similar inside the felted pot to keep the wool nice and clean.

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