Well, despite spending ALL day Monday in my pajamas, I was very productive! A little while ago I saw some photos of little felted acorns and I (of course) wanted to learn how to make them... With fall right around the corner I figured I could try my hand at a little wreath for our front door. I didn't have a solid plan of how I'd actually put everything together, but I knew once I got started it would find it's own path.
Felting is one of those elusive craft skills that seemed really complicated. I knew there were special tools involved and multiple processes, but buying finished felting items is not cost effective, so it was worth looking into. Like every other craft skill I have in my toolbox, I relied on the internet to show me what to do! Between Pinterest and Youtube I had all the information I needed to get started!
The first thing you need is access to lots of acorns... Well, we have them in droves around our house so one afternoon while I was waiting for stain to dry I collected a zip lock bag full of them. I carefully popped out the nut and its hard case just leaving the little acorn "hat". I broke quite a few of them as the little hats are very delicate and I collected a variety of sizes to try.
|Here are a few of my felted balls after I stabbed them! Mine were about 1.5" or so at this point. The tutorial I read said that the wool would shrink down to about a third of it's size.|
|A whole gaggle of wool balls! I choose all fall themed colors, but they would look great in bright colors too!|
|I took my selection of acorn hats and matched them up to various felt balls. I used hot glue to secure the ball into the capsule. Look how cute!!!!|
|Ahhhh so many acorns! I just love how cute and fuzzy they are! I also made some felt flowers with a few sheets of felt I picked up when I got the roving. Total cost on the flowers/acorns works out to around $0.25/per!|
|I attached my flowers, acorns and some raffia and my wreath is complete! I'm super happy with it and I think it looks rustic and simple. I'll take a follow up photo of it on the door!|
|Gratuitous close up photo!|