Once upon a time I used real acorns for decorating.
I was having a party and I wanted to create a truly authentic fall feel for the house….
….so I brought the outside in.
Just like they do in the magazines.
I filled giant glass urns with acorns and tucked branches into them and strung tiny bits of twine from branch to branch and wrote thankful quotes on torn pieces of card stock and tied them onto the twine.
And I finished off the look by gluing oak leaves to the branches.
Can I tell you how amazing I thought I was?
All that fall glory for (almost) free.
People came to the party and ooohed and ahhed and told me how much they loved the idea of going green and all Little House on the Prairie and decorating with nature.
Why decorate with anything else?
I told myself that I was never wasting another dime on store-bought decorations when nature had already done such an amazing job.
Until a week later when I was cleaning and I passed by the urns and I noticed something wiggling in the bottom of the vase.
I’m not even going to say it.
We are not discussing what it was that I found in those acorns.
You are probably drinking coffee right now.
Just know that I took the urns and those acorns outside back where they came from…..
…..never to return again.
And now I wool felt all my acorns.
Because sometimes nature is amazing and wonderful and brilliant and awe-inspiring…..
….especially when it’s left outside.
How to Make a Wool Felted Acorn Garland
Step 1: Start with the acorn tops
You want to spray the tops of the acorns with a sealer, like a clear acrylic spray.
This will prevent any unwanted friends from showing up.
Set aside and let dry.
Step 2: Pinch off a small amount of wool roving
I chose to use an off-white, but it also comes in a variety of colors.
You can buy wool roving online or at your local craft store.
Step 3: Create a wool ball
Place the small piece of wool roving into a bowl of hot water.
Remove from water and start forming a ball between your hands.
Roll it gently at first without applying any pressure.
Continue applying pressure and the friction of your hands and the water will cause the wool to tighten and form into a ball.
Step 4: Glue the acorn tops onto the wool balls
Doesn’t that tiny acorn look so cute?
I pushed the wool into the acorn top and slightly flattened it to give the appearance of an acorn.
Then I glued it so it would stay.
Step 5: Glue the acorns onto a length of twine
You could tie them if you wanted to use a smaller twine.
I like the look of the thicker twine which didn’t really work when I tied it onto the tops.
Make sure the glue is dry and then hang up your garland.
And remember….don’t forget to spray your acorn tops.
Because I love the look of the garland with rustic wood and the textures of fall…..
…..without any extra surprises.