DIY Yarn Acorns

Hello, hello, hello! I’m Charlotte from Ciburbanity and it’s always a treat when I’m over visiting with my girls at Classy Clutter! Do you guys pull out all the stops for seasonal decor? I LOVE it, but… I’m not always organized enough to get around to decorating. Every year, I’m getting better and better about bringing in a little project here and there that has a hint of the season. This fall, I’m into acorns. Luckily our favorite nature walk is long on oak trees and I have lots of little helpers.

yarn acorn title

Wanna know what you’ll need for this fun autumnal craft? Acorn caps, leftover wool, and a hot glue gun. (Note: it HAS to be 100% wool. Nothing machine washable.)

leftover wool

Start by winding a small little ball with your yarn. Make sure your ends are tucked in and secure.

starting wool ball

Squirt a drop or two of dish soap onto your ball, get it wet, and lightly begin to roll it between your palms. Imagine you’re making little playdough balls. (And then picture my daughter’s thighs because they are doughy to the max these days!) Your goal is to keep your yarn balled up but still continue to agitate it.

soap yarn ball

felting wool

Rinse and repeat this step graaaaadually increasing your pressure. You’ll feel that the yarn ball will get firmer and firmer as you roll it between your palms. Each of these took me maybe 3-5 minutes of agitation? (The technical term for this craftastic fall project is ‘felting.’ In a nutshell- ha! See what I did there?!- you’re separating the fibers of your wool yarn and then tangling them all back together creating a ‘new’ fiber.) See how it tightens up and gets smaller? That’s the felting.

felting steps

Once your yarn has ‘felted’ and dried, glue your acorn caps on. I didn’t do anything to my acorn caps to prep them, I just left them in a bag in the hot car for a few weeks which did a good job drying them out. Technical stuff, folks.

acorn close

acorn red

acorns finished

Not that you asked, but here’s why my lazy seasonal self loves this project…. 1. It’s easy. 2. It’s sweet and subtle and colorful. 3. It makes use of one thing I NEVER know what to do with… leftover wool. 4. Best of all, I can make a little acorn ball in no time so it’s a great little project to have on hand when the kids are eating dinner, when the macaroni and cheese is cooking, you name it. I hope to keep adding to my stash so one day I’ll have a whole big bucket full of these colorful yarn acorns!

acorn square

acorn glass case

acorns scattered

On a scale of zero to ‘even my underwear is festive’ what do YOU like do to for seasonal crafts and decorating?

Oh my gosh, these are so cute Charlotte! Thanks for sharing with us! I want a big jar of them!!! I better get going now that Fall has officially begun!

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  • Reply
    Krista @thehappyhousie
    September 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Okay these are so fabulous and thank you for teaching me how to “felt” things!! Awesome…pinning and trying:)

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    Lo @ a Lo and Behold Life
    September 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    omg – fab! i totally thought you needed special felting wool to make felt balls – guess not! Can’t wait to make my own – PINNING! 🙂

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    Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    September 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to felt! Thanks for the tutorial, Charlotte, and I LOVE all of your colorful acorns!

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    Leslie @ House on the Way
    September 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Too cute for words!

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    DIY Fabric Acorns, Big and Small - VRAI Magazine
    October 23, 2014 at 12:02 am

    […] so I’m happy to have as many acorns around here as possible!) I’ve already made some felted acorns, so when I saw these wooden bowls at the thrift store, I was motivated to go big or go home. […]

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