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DIY Felted Wool Acorns

Just as promised in a previous post, I have outlined the instructions for the felted wool acorns I made. There are soo many ways to make these and this just happens to be the method I like to use. Ok, are we ready to get started?

To make the felted wool acorns your going to need:

    1. 100% Wool Roving in various colors (I will explain below what this is in case you don’t know)
    2. Acorn Caps
    3. Craft Glue (that dries clear)
    4. Scissors
    5. Old pair of hosiery nylons (knee high nylons work best)
    6. Laundry detergent
    7. Washing Machine or Sink

You may ask, “What is wool roving”? Basically, it is wool that has been combed and prepared for spinning – but it has not yet been spun.  It looks something like this…

I buy my wool roving online. Stores such as Micheal’s and JoAnn Fabrics carry a small amount, but the colors (at least in my area) are limited- not to mention much more expensive than buying online.

To begin, cut (or pull) a handful of wool roving and begin to roll it up into a tight ball roughly the size of acorn you want (don’t worry about being perfect). You may be tempted to use a small amount of roving, but you really want the balls to have some weight to them. If you don’t, the acorn cap will out weigh the felted ball and you will have a difficult time keeping them on their sides.  Keep adding roving until you have a dense ball about 2/3 larger than the acorn should be.  Remember that this is going to shrink.  Repeat this until you have completed the number of acorns you would like to make.

Next, take one of the balls and place in the toe of the nylon.  Make sure the ball is nice and snug in the botton of the nylon.  Then, take the nylon and tie a knot right above the ball.  Place another ball in the same nylon until the ball is snug to the knot you just created.  Once in place, tie another knot above the new ball.  Repeat this process until you have put all of the balls in the nylon.  You will end up with something that looks similar to a string of beads.

Now its time to place the “beads” in the washing machine.  Set your washer on low, the water temperature to hot, and put in the amount of laundry detergent you would use for a small load.  If your washer has a soak option, turn it on.  This is where the felting process begins.  Some people prefer to do this step in the sink, but I found it to be messy and just too hot for my hands.

After the washer is finished, place the beads in the dryer until completely dry.  Take the knots off and the balls out.  You have just felted wool!  Your balls may be a bit out of shape but you can use your finger tips to adjust.  Grab the acorn tops, add a dab of glue, and place a ball.  I left mine to dry for about 1/2 hour before handling.  Once dry, sprinkle the colorful beauties around your house and enjoy!

Have questions?  Shoot me an email and maybe I can help.  If you get a chance, snap a picture of your acorns – I would love to see how they came out!

Images:  House of Many Hues

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2 comments

1 Diana { 11.29.11 at 1:12 pm }

I’m so excited to get started on this fun and beautiful acorn project but I’m wondering about how much roving I should purchase. I’ve found roving on ebay that is sold in 1 oz increments. Is this enough? Approximately how many acorns can be made with this amount? Thanks for your response.

2 Kristina @ House of Many Hues { 11.30.11 at 12:05 am }

Hi Diana,

How much you buy will depend on how many acorns you want to make. I purchased a few different colors and each one was about 6 grams. There is about 28 grams in an ounce and I still have roving left over. You may also want to check etsy.com for roving options.

Good luck and let us know how the project goes (send some photos too – we’d love to see it!).

Kristina

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