Needle felting is one of those simple crafts that I love to pull out from time to time. These needle felted acorns were the first needle felting project I did on my own and I am always so happy when I unpack the ‘fall’ box and spy these little guys. They are a great fall adornment in a bowl on their own, wired to a branch or as lovely needle felted acorn napkin rings for a fall table.
Here’s What You Will Need to Make Needle Felted Acorns and Needle Felted Acorn Napkin Rings/Wraps:
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Wool Merino Roving. I’ve easily made 30 acorns from this 20 gram bag and still have some left. A little goes a long way. I also had some brown left over from the making of Rudolf, and I incorporated some brown into a few of the acorns for some variations.
Felting Needles. These are the kind I used, you really only need the 38 for these acorns. If I do more felting, I may get one of these as the needles can get hard to hold onto after a while, especially for my mile-long fingers.
Felting Pad. No way around this, those needles are sharp and you need something to absorb the point.
Acorn Caps. My sweet sister-in-law and her family collected some for me in the mountains of NC, but I also purchase some bigger ones online. Etsy has some here.
Here’s How You Will Make Your Needle Felted Acorns and Napkin Rings:
If you are going to want to wire the needle felted acorns on to a branch or for the Needle Felted Acorn Napkin Rings, drill holes in your acorn caps, as close to the stem end as possible and set them aside.
Cut your florist wire into 3-4 inch segments and set them aside.
Gently pull some fibers out of your wad of wool. The wool can’t really be ‘ripped’; it’s best to just pull the fibers out. You won’t need much and it’s best to start too small than too big; you won’t be able to really reduce the size once you start felting it. The process of felting compacts the fibers.
The beginning of my little GIF below gives you a sense of how much wool you need for one needle felted acorn. Two things to remember when figuring out the amount of wool you need…I have really long fingers so your proportions will be different and I actually made this one a tad too big.
Roll your yarn into a little sausage
Start poking it with your needle. The felting needles have little ridges which catch the fibers and compact them. Regular needles will not work.
Watch your fingers!!! After making these needle felted acorns, I purchased leather finger guards…worth their weight in gold!
You can start out holding two needles to make the beginning process go quicker. The first 50 or so pokes should be all over, just really to compact the fibers.
Once you’ve got them compacted a a bit, you can start shaping. I made my acorn flat on top and rounded on the bottom. That just required me to hold the acorn with the top side up and poke down, shaping it as I went.
You’ll do the same thing on the bottom, just not making it so flat. Go around the sides of the bottom, pushing in the fibers as opposed to primarily coming down from the top.
You’ll notice as you go along, the needle will start getting a little resistance. That will be the fibers compacting.
Just keep going around all sides of your acorn. If it’s still fuzzy, you need to keep felting it. You can make it smaller by just keep going at it
Start to finish, each needle felted acorn takes about 5-7 minutes.
If you want to add a wire to your acorn:
Once you have the needle felted acorns the size you want it, if you want to attach wire to the acorns then take your felting needle and make a hole in the top by going in and out of the same hole several times, while at the same time pushing the needle against the hole to widen it. Go down about 3/4 of the way through you acorn…don’t go out the bottom.
Put a dab of glue on one end of your florist wire and jam it into the hole you made.
Drop the acorn cap over the other end of the wire and secure the cap to the acorn with a dab of glue.
For my Needle Felted Acorn Napkin Rings, I made 3 wired acorns for each ring. Once you have your stash of wired acorns, it’s time to attach them to your rustic wire. I cut my wire about 1 foot long and added a dab of clear drying glue to each end to prevent the fiber from unraveling.
I merely wrapped the acorns about 3-3.5″ in from one end
When I wrapped the Needle Felted Acorn Napkin Rings around the napkin, I arranged the acorns so they were all laying flat.
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