Needle Felted Acorns Tutorial
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.
- Brown Florist Wire,if wrapping the acorns onto a branch or for the napkin rings.
- Brown Rustic Wire 70′ 18 Gauge, if making napkins ‘rings’ from the acorns.
- Drill with 3/32 (2.38mm) drill bit
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.
Linen Napkins, Juliska Jardins du Monde Dessert Plate
So that’s that…needle felted acorns to fill a bowl or Needle Felted Acorn Napkin Rings for your fall or Thanksgiving table. You can see how I fringed my linen tablecloth and napkins here.
If you’ve been bitten by the needle felting but, try your hand at these easy needle felted pumpkins.
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These are darling! I love that you turned them into napkin rings – what a cute idea! Stopping by from the Something To Talk About party.
Hi Emily, thanks for your kind words. I do love my acorn napkin rings…they work great on my table. Thanks for stopping by.
They are so perfect for the season! Thanks for sharing at our Creative Spark party—I’m featuring these this week. I hope you’ll stop by to link up again and grab a “Featured” button. The party starts at 6am EST tomorrow 🙂 Have a wonderful week!
Thanks Emily, I’m giddy about being featured this week and I’ll be back to party again tomorrow. Really appreciate the work you put in being a co-host! Lynn?
Oh my! I really love these, and you did such a fine job – both in the end result and in your tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
Rita C at Panoply
Thanks so much for your kind words Rita. I’m pretty tickled with them myself to be honest. And so glad that the tutorial was helpful! Have a great day. LYnn
Oh my, this is such a pretty and CUTE DIY!! I love how detailed you made the tutorial!! Awesome! Found you through #WAYWOW! I’d love to have you come over and link your post up to my craft party which starts at 7pm EST. and is new every Thursday! I also pin every post!
Hi Denise. Thanks for your kind words. And for the invitation. I’d love to join your party! I’ll see you tomorrow.
They are absolutely beautiful! Such detail and I really like the way you can use them as napkin rings. They could go anywhere and would look great & natural!
Hi Katrin, thanks for your kind comments and for visiting today. Just came from your site, it’s quite lovely. I see you’re from Germany. We were in Germany and Austria this summer which is where I got the inspiration for the needle felting. Many of the hotels we stayed in had wool/felt decorations and that’s what got me thinking. I’d like to do some more of it in the near future. There were several things I have tried to incorporate into our home life back here in the US from our visit this summer. In fact, I wrote a blog post about it https://www.nourishandnestle.com/6-lifestyle-ideas-i-brought-home-from-europe/
These are so very pretty. And your tutorial was very detailed and helpful. I will have to go looking for some acorns, and if I find them I will definitely give it a try. They add such a warm and elegant touch to the tablescape.
Thanks so much Mary. Surely there are acorns in the Boondocks!!! And Congratulations on your Blogger Award!
Thanks for visiting, Lynn
I love how you made these acorn napkin rings!! Very creative!! Perfect for a fall table setting.
Thanks so much Keri. I’m pretty tickled with them.
Have a fantastic day!!
These are about the sweetest things I have ever seen, they are truly adorable! Am pinning 1st then ordering a felting needle to try and copy 🙂
Hi Sarah! Oh I’m so excited that you love them. They are sweet aren’t they!!! Have fun felting!!!
These are so pretty! I am so amazed at the things that can be made from needle felting. Like your pretty acorns, miniature animals etc. if I didn’t already have enough hobbies going on I would give felting a try.
Thanks Linda…I get you about Hobby overload! Got to know when to say when, which is hard to do sometimes. Enjoy your other hobbies and thanks for stopping by.
So beautiful! Perfect for January tablescape. I don’t know why, but in January I’m all about whites.I love colors all year round, but January is my color free zone 🙂 Definitely pinning.
Good morning Mila and thanks for stopping by for a visit. I’m so glad you put the January idea in my head! I become very focused in my thinking and all along just saw these as fall decor, but your comment has really made me see how pretty they’d be on an all white table, maybe with some Mercury glass!!
Got to think outside of the box!!!
Thanks and have a great day!
Lynn, I was so impressed with your calligraphy placecards and am just as impressed with these lovely felted acorns. They look so cool! I never would have thought they were handmade, they are perfect, as if a machine created them. I love how you attached them to the branch and on the napkins. What a gorgeous table setting! Do you have room for one more at your holiday table? I could set and enjoy this, and I’m sure the food going on the table will be just as gorgeous!
Ah Nikki, now you’re getting at my soft spot…I really do love these little acorns. And so easy to do. It’s nice when the concept actually gets carried out to fruition…these turned out just as I had imagined. Thanks again for being the hostess with the mostest!
The acorns haven’t started falling here on the West Coast of Florida but now when they do I will keep some to try this darling idea.
Good Morning Debra, gather those acorns! It’s a fun little craft and I hope you enjoy making them.
Have a great day today!
I have wanted to try my hand at felting for some time now. These are absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing the instructions! Don’t have time this year, but hopefully next. I have a nice stash of acorns gathered over the years. Hopped over from One More Time party. Happy to be a new follower! I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It’s about sharing the things that make you happy. I’d love if you shared some time!
Hi Jann, thanks for visiting today and for your kind comments on my acorns…I do love them! Hope you give them a try when time allows. One of my blog friends noted how great they’d be for a winter tablecloth after the holidays…just a thought!
Thanks for the party invite…I’ll be there! Got to love anything that shares happy!!
Have a great day, Lynn
Lynn, those are so stinkin’ cute I actually aquealed out loud! Well done, ma’am!
I ♥ it!!
Oh Michele, thanks for your very sweet compliment. It is much appreciated. And I enjoyed browsing your site and reading about your recent luncheon and seeing your beautiful Thanksgiving setting. Can you believe it’s literally right around the corner!?
Thanks for visiting and have a good week.
I absolutely love your felted acorn napkin rings – so pretty!
Hi Marie, thanks for visiting and thanks for you kind comments. I’m pretty tickled with the acorns as well! BTW, visited your site today and really dig your wood coasters. Putting them on my to do list…it’ll be good for me to find something to do using power tools! One of my many new year resolutions is to spend more time in the garage.
Thanks again for visiting, Lynn
So glad my wood slice coasters inspired you to make some for yourself Lynn! That’s a great new years resolution – have fun in the garage. Girl Power!!
Hi Lynn, I just loved these so much that I had to feature them at Share Your Cup this week. Thanks for joining!
Aw thanks Jann! I’m thrilled to be featured and I’ll be back tomorrow with more stuff! Have a great evening…Lynn
I’m so glad I found my souioltn online.
Aw gee Minerva, thanks so much! You can’t have too many soulmates! And I really appreciate you being there to read what I put out and for taking the time to comment. So very much appreciated.
Many Hugs, Lynn
Oh how adorable the acorn and pumpkin are!! My dear friend had just started doing felting and is loving it! I will send her the link for the tutorials. She needs to join your newsletter anyway! 🙂
Thanks Leslie! You’re hired as my new PR agency!!! Thanks for sharing and hope your friend finds it helpful
Have a fantastic day!