Making Acorn Christmas Ornaments

Bring a little bit of Mother Nature into your holiday decorating by making adorable acorn Christmas ornaments for your tree. These cute little ornaments are made using all-natural materials: real acorn caps and wool roving, which is felted into an acorn shape. The roving can be of any color…you need not limit yourself to shades of brown, as choosing more colorful shades gives your acorn ornaments a touch of whimsy. This project does take a bit of time to complete, but they are well worth the effort.

Materials:

  • Wool roving in assorted colors
  • Felting needle
  • Block of dense foam
  • Acorn caps
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon

Begin by pulling off a small piece of roving, and rolling it into a ball. This ball should be about the size of a golf ball. With the foam as your work surface, begin piercing the wool ball over and over with your felting needle, shaping it as you go. Felting needles have very sharp barbs, so it is very important to work carefully to avoid hitting your fingers. As you continue this needle felting process, your ball will begin to get smaller and denser. Add another layer or two of roving as needed. After needle felting, you will then be wet felting the ball, which will cause a further reduction in size, so make sure that your ball is large enough to allow for this shrinkage.  When your ball is fairly dense, and the right size, set it aside, and start on your next ball. When you have as many as you'd like, it's time to move on to wet felting.

Fill a basin with hot soapy water, and put your wool balls in it. Roll the balls around in your hands to further shape and felt them. Continue rubbing and rolling the balls in your hands until they are very dense and properly shaped. Lay them out on a towel to dry. Depending on the climate, this may take a couple of days.

When your felt acorns are completely dry, it's time to assemble them. Match each wool acorn with an acorn cap that fits it. Using a drill with a small drill bit, drill two small holes in the acorn top, one on each side of the center point. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole, and tie to form a loop for hanging. Glue the caps to the acorns with the glue gun. Your acorn ornaments are now ready to hang or give away as gifts!

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