Glittery Wool Acorn Christmas Tree Ornaments
Every year I make wool felted acorn ornaments. This year we are doing gold decorations so I decided to dress up the felt acorns with some glitter! I really like the fine glitter that's almost like a shiny dust. I found some for an awesome price at a garage sale so I was all set for this project
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BEFORE - Gather your supplies (see supply list at bottom of post).
Prep the acorn caps. First, drill a small hole in the top of the cap. The hole should be large enough that a piece of string/twine will fit through the hole twice (to form a loop). Then paint the acorn caps with metallic paint (I used gold). Before the paint dries, sprinkle some matching glitter on the caps. Set the caps to dry.
Prep to make the wool acorns. Wool acorns are basically wet felted spheres. Make sure you're using 100% wool roving (pictured above), and pick a colour you love! You'll need a bowl of hot soapy water and a bowl of cold water for the next step.
Gently roll small pieces of wool roving together between your palms to create a small sphere of wool. Try not to smush the wool...just let it bind gently. This can take a while. Alternate between hot soapy water and cold water to speed up the process. Keep rolling until the acorn is the desired size, and then set to dry.
Tip - if the wet felting by hand is taking too long, you can speed up the process by putting the roughly-felted spheres into the washing machine. Just toss them in an old pair of hose with knots between each acorn. Then run them through the laundry cycle on hot! Don't do this along with other clothes that might be stained by the colours.
Thread a small piece of string through the drilled holes to create a loop. Tie the string together in a knot inside the cap to hold in the string. Then glue the knot and the dry wool acorn into the inside of the cap.
AFTER - Here they are! The glittery acorn ornaments are finished. They do take some time to make, but they'll last for years. I love how the gold glitter is just a slight difference from the plain acorn cap. It's just enough glitter to make it festive without going totally overboard with the glitter!
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Published December 15th, 2017 12:16 AM
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Abigail Ellis on Dec 17, 2017These are so great! I love the extra bit of glam the gold adds!
Home for the Harvest | Mary Jane Duford on Dec 17, 2017Thank you so much Abigail! Ya I'm happy about how the caps turned out...glam is good lol!
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