Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sew & Tell: Felted Acorns without wool or water

Felted Acorn Cheat via homeworkEvery time I see a picture of  darling felted wool acorns I fall in love with them all over again. I’ve always wanted to make some but I was missing a few key supplies. Wool yarn and acorn caps.



Felted Acorn Cheat via homeworkThis year, I had the acorn caps. All my acorns from last year split open but the caps were all still in great shape. I spent an afternoon carefully removing the caps, washing them and drying them in the sun. I know you understand this type of afternoon activity – although many people would probably think I was crazy.

Felted Acorn Cheat via homeworkI tried making some felted yarn balls with acrylic yarn using the wet method but they fell apart. I dug further into my yarn stash and found some fuzzy acrylic yarn and decided to try a different method.

Felted Acorn Cheat via homeworkI basically made a very tight yarn ball and hot glued the end to the top of the ball and it worked. Because the yarn is so fuzzy you can’t tell it’s a wound up miniature yarn ball.

Felted Acorn Cheat via homeworkTo make the tiny yarn ball, use about 12” to 18” of yarn. The size of the ball will depend on the thickness of your yarn and the size of your acorn cap. Wind the ball very tightly. Loose strands will show and also cause the ball to unravel. Once you’re done winding quickly hot glue the loose strand and glue the ball into the cap.

Felted Acorn Cheat via homeworkI have to say I love my little cheater felted acorns. They will definitely be making appearances during the fall on my table. I’m also planning on making some as ornaments.

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17 comments :

  1. beautiful!!

    patty @findingserendipity.com

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  2. Are acorn caps sold separately anywhere? Or are those actual acorn caps?

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    1. Maysem, They are actual acorn caps found locally. The acorn part split and I took them off and saved the caps. I'm not sure if you can buy them - I bet you can somewhere. Try Etsy or Google search for them.

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  3. Those are so cute! Love the fuzzy yarn.
    KC

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  4. Oh Carolyn! These are amazing, thanks for sharing your little secret!

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  5. These are so sweet, thank you for putting them out there for us to enjoy and possibly make!

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  6. These are so precious. Just pinned!

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  7. They are absolutely adorable!!!
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  8. I have wanted to make some of those too. great alternative idea.

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  9. how adorable are these?!? love them!!!

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  10. Those are so cute! I am visiting from DIY Showoff.

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  11. I love these! I have a bag full of acorn caps just waiting for the perfect project. Thanks for inspiring me to finally do something with them.

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