By: Karen Weir-Jimerson
Wool roving (found in yarn or crafts shops; use natural or dyed roving)
Hot glue gun
Spray paint (optional)
- Pull off a small chunk of roving and roll it into a ball about 1/3 larger than the acorn you want to make
- Add a few drops of dish soap to a bowl of warm water
- Dip the wool ball into the bowl. Compress the wet ball by rolling in the palms of your hands (just like making cookies or meatballs)
- Repeat step No. 3 and continue to roll the ball until it becomes dense. (Warm water + wool + friction = felt!)
Tip: If your ball wants to separate, add a thin layer of roving and continue to roll it until it is a solid ball.
- Once the ball is the density and shape you want, squeeze out any excess water. Set it on a towel to dry overnight
- Use a hot glue gun and dab a few dots of glue onto the inside of the acorn cap. Press it onto the felted ball
Tip: For a colorful twist, spray-paint the acorn caps in a metallic holiday shade or a color of your choice. Allow the caps to dry before attaching them to the felt body.
Decorate and Adorn
Here are nine ways to enjoy your super-cute handcrafted felt acorns:
- Holiday Tabletop: Sprinkle them on top of a linen table runner to make a simple autumnal centerpiece.
- Napkin Rings: Glue a trio of acorns onto a napkin ring to adorn each table setting for Thanksgiving.
- Acorn Wreath: Add a cluster of felted acorns to a wreath made with colorful autumnal leaves — or make an entire wreath of felted acorns.
- Gift Wrap: Mound a group of acorns on top of a gift box instead of using a bow.
- Tree Ornaments: Attach a thread hanger to transform each acorn into a tiny tree ornament.
- Earrings: Add earring wires to make a pair of holiday earrings.
- Hair Ties: Glue several small acorns onto a headband, hair tie or bobby pin.
- Necklace: String acorns onto a thin wire or string for a fall-inspired necklace.
- Frame or Mirror: Dress up a bland frame or mirror with a harvest of felted acorns.