felted acorn garland project

Once upon a time I used real acorns for decorating.

I was having a party and I wanted to create a truly authentic fall feel for the house….

….so I brought the outside in.

Just like they do in the magazines.

I filled giant glass urns with acorns and tucked branches into them and strung tiny bits of twine from branch to branch and wrote thankful quotes on torn pieces of card stock and tied them onto the twine.

And I finished off the look by gluing oak leaves to the branches.

Can I tell you how amazing I thought I was?

Seriously.

All that fall glory for (almost) free.

felted acorn project

People came to the party and ooohed and ahhed and told me how much they loved the idea of going green and all Little House on the Prairie and decorating with nature.

Why decorate with anything else?

I told myself that I was never wasting another dime on store-bought decorations when nature had already done such an amazing job.

Until.

Until a week later when I was cleaning and I passed by the urns and I noticed something wiggling in the bottom of the vase.

I’m not even going to say it.

We are not discussing what it was that I found in those acorns.

You are probably drinking coffee right now.

Just know that I took the urns and those acorns outside back where they came from…..

…..never to return again.

And now I wool felt all my acorns.

Because sometimes nature is amazing and wonderful and brilliant and awe-inspiring…..

….especially when it’s left outside. 🙂

acorn tops for felted acorn project

How to Make a Wool Felted Acorn Garland

Step 1:  Start with the acorn tops

You want to spray the tops of the acorns with a sealer, like a clear acrylic spray.

This will prevent any unwanted friends from showing up.

Set aside and let dry.

felted acorn diy

Step 2:  Pinch off a small amount of wool roving

I chose to use an off-white, but it also comes in a variety of colors.

You can buy wool roving online or at your local craft store.

felted wool acorn

Step 3:  Create a wool ball

Place the small piece of wool roving into a bowl of hot water.

Remove from water and start forming a ball between your hands.

Roll it gently at first without applying any pressure.

Continue applying pressure and the friction of your hands and the water will cause the wool to tighten and form into a ball.

felted acorn diy project

Step 4:  Glue the acorn tops onto the wool balls

Doesn’t that tiny acorn look so cute?

I pushed the wool into the acorn top and slightly flattened it to give the appearance of an acorn.

Then I glued it so it would stay.

diy felted wool acorn project

Step 5:  Glue the acorns onto a length of twine

You could tie them if you wanted to use a smaller twine.

I like the look of the thicker twine which didn’t really work when I tied it onto the tops.

Make sure the glue is dry and then hang up your garland.

remind yourself

And remember….don’t forget to spray your acorn tops.

Because I love the look of the garland with rustic wood and the textures of fall…..

…..without any extra surprises. 🙂

Comments

  1. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Haha, too funny! The wool felted acorns are adorable and no bugs! May have to try that...I haven't checked to see how my acorn ornaments have held up. Maybe the worms dropped out while hanging on the Christmas tree. Hm... :o) Cecilia

  2. Image for Linda Linda

    Oh- I love this and have acorns on my christmas tree too. Maybe that's why we never saw the added surprise. Going to try making these with the kiddos. Great idea.

  3. Image for Pamela Pamela

    Ha! I had a similar "critter" experience when I made huge amazing nut balls one year...and then our house filled with little moths!

  4. Image for Sally Sally

    Okay, first of all... I love these felted acorns. They are sweet! Secondly, I had to laugh about bringing nature inside... It made me think of the one year I had a beautiful arrangement of mini pumpkins and gourds in a bowl on my table... and I was amazed at how long they all were lasting. One day when I moved things around a bit, I realized that the whole underside of the arrangement was moldy. EWWWWWWWWWW. That was sitting in my kitchen --- for HOW long? Plastic works. LOL Admittedly, I sometimes cannot help but purchase those cute pumpkins -- but I am MUCH MORE careful about how long I let them hang around!!

  5. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Yes Indeedee -- nothing like bringing the outdoors in! I would have screamed -- jumped up and down for a while -- got my huge super rubberized oven gloves -- face mask -- and then took everything out -- scalded and bleached anything those things touched. I get a cold chill just thinking about it!! I love your little acorns without the critters. Much nicer!! Are you traumatized? Did you have to see -- you know, someone -- to get over the shock?

  6. Image for Sue Sue

    These wool felted acorns are delightful. I will make some but will still use the real thing also. Place acorns on a baking sheet in your oven and "bake" about 10 minutes at 200 degrees. No little critters will greet you later! I love to use the real acorns inside clear glass cylinder vases to hold candles. Felt balls wouldn't work for that!

  7. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    I love your garland! Like everything you do, it is beautiful. Did you know you can bake your acorns and pinecones so you don't ever have to worry about any surprises? Bake at 200 degrees for 45 minutes. I first read this tip on the House of Hepworths blog.

  8. Image for Heather Fowler Heather Fowler

    Well, well, you were right. I was drinking coffee. But I am certainly glad that I read this, so I can go and dump my acorns back outside. They were looking so nice and festive around a candle in a hurricane in my living room. Ewww!

  9. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I would think you could put the acorns in a ziplock bag and freeze for a while and that would eliminate the little guys too.

  10. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    oh yes, I thought I was so clever and so smart too, collecting all those adorable acorns for centerpieces....fortunately I discovered the hidden prizes before I brought them into the house!!!!!

  11. Image for Mrs.T Mrs.T

    These are truly delightful! But, as Sue and Tina mentioned above, if I am bringing real acorns, pine cones, hemlock cones or whatever indoors, I bake them. I use a foil-lined cookie sheet to spread them on and bake them at 300Âş for half an hour. (I read this hint in a book called Family Christmas, by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers. It's a wonderful little paperback full of great ideas.) An added bonus is that when you bake pine cones like this, it makes your house smell nice while they are baking!

  12. Image for Jane Jane

    Thanks you...I WAS drinking coffee!! I cut some basil the other day from my garden and some leftover sitting in a vase of water for a few days until I could use it. The day I did I was chopping away and a little wormy thing sort of rolled off...it was the same exact color as they basil. We never would have known if we had, er, ate it. And I had already washed it a few days before! Yep, the outdoors often makes it in!! But the acorns are precious and I may make a garland while I have some time. Jane xx

  13. Image for Lin Lin

    Oh my these are the cutest things! What a great idea and does not seem too hard at all! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Image for Linda Linda

    Yeah, got to be careful about bringing in food for squirrel and wiggly things and habitats for lizards. yes, I did and all the eggs hatched. Having a heat spell so having a hard time thnking fall! I still want the communiyt pool to be open! Have a good day!

  15. Image for Pendra Pendra

    Adorable! I'm gonna try this and I will NOT forget the clear sealer! We had some early squash that was ready in the garden and Mr. P. brought into the house and set and left them on the counter... I found some really ICKY crawlers the next day... on my kitchen counter, YUCK! Needless to say, I cleaned out every cupboard, cabinet and disinfected everything... no early squash for us, I gave them to the critters I do love outside!

  16. Image for Maria Maria

    I had the same thing happen to me. I like faux better. ( the idea of "cooking" or "freezing" the critters doesnt work for me. I'd see the acorns and just think of the dead squirmy things inside. Yuck ! :) ). Plus, yours are just adorable.

  17. Image for Sherry Sherry

    I am always picking up acorns and pine cones and have never seen a critter! I use both everywhere for fall and winter and love them.

  18. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    These are darling...and I was glad to find out how to make the felted balls without using that sharp tool I was told at Michael's that I needed. Also, if you bake any natural materials you bring in from outside...I'm not sure of the temperature or the length of time...it will kill all the critters.

  19. Image for Kris Kris

    Funny story! This would be sooo much faster than the hand-knitted acorns I bookmarked on Ravelry--which are adorable, but, let's face it, it's highly unlikely I will ever actually MAKE them. Your project, however, I might!

  20. Image for Jae Jae

    So cute. Thanks! Wiggly stuff....in the past i had purchased beautiful, shiny chestnuts at an asian grocery thinking i would use for decor and then roast......a week later the vase was full of nasty little things. So glad we didnt eat them! I love the look of real acorns, but prefer the peace of mind your adorable ones bring.

  21. Image for Tauni Tauni

    Oh my goodness. I giggled and giggled. I haven't had this issue with acorns, but it turns out I adore pine cones...Yep. Same problem! Three cheers for fall!

  22. Image for Valerie Valerie

    LOL! I had the same thing happen!! I heard they're called weevels or something like that?? So yucky! You have a gift for story telling. You are so funny! I love reading your posts while I have my morning coffee!! Keep on posting! :)

  23. Image for Katie @ Little House of Four Katie @ Little House of Four

    This is such a unique idea and a great alternative to using real acorns and risking bugs. Pinning! If your looking for a new link party, I would love for you to link up to Your Designs This Time every Monday morning at 8:00. I hope to see you there!

  24. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Here is just a little tip I do when I use acorns in bowls or craft ideas.....I put them in a ziplock and put the ziplock in the freezer and that kills the critters. I love your cute garland!

  25. Image for Susan @ Oh My! Creative Susan @ Oh My! Creative

    I too, love to bring the outside in...but not the critters! Thanks so much for linking to Whimsy Wednesday, Kari Anne! I included you in my weekly feature from the party - Easy Ways To Decorate For Fall! You can see it here http://www.ohmy-creative.com/fall/easy-ways-decorate-fall/ Party is open for this week - hope to see you there! Susan

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