This year I have become a little obsessed with felting. I have always loved working with felt sheets, but at the beginning of the year I bought a bunch of wool roving and began experimenting with both wet felting and needle felting and immediately was hooked. So you know I was super excited when I saw Consumer Crafts sold wool roving. These little roving rolls were the perfect size for my next foray into felting, colorful felted DIY planters. I was surprised just how easy they were to make, and you will be too!
The process is pretty straight forward. You will need to fill a bowl with very hot soapy water (as hot as your hands can handle). The hot soapy water is what causes the barbed fibers in the roving to combine and lock together to form an interlocking fabric.
To begin press your roving from the rolls out to form a cup like shape. You may need to unroll the roving a bit and re-roll it to get the desired shape. Just make sure that the roving is overlapping itself all the way up the cup sides.
Next, dip your roving into the hot soapy water and start rubbing the felt with your hands to agitate it and get those fibers connecting. Add in more felt if needed to thicken up the sides and bottom of the planter. When the water in the felt gets cold, squeeze it out a bit and dip in the hot water again. Use your fingers to shape the felt into a planter shape.
Once your felt has come together and is in your desired shape and the walls and base are thick. Squeeze out as much soapy water as possible and set aside to air dry for a few days.
Once dry, you can add your faux succulents, air plants, or even some dirt and real succulents to your DIY planters.