Acorns are such an iconic sign of fall, a sign of the promise of spring and a reminder that small things can hold great promise. So what better emblem to give a modern upgrade to and bring indoors. These felt acorns are embarrassingly simple to make. So much so you can crank out about 50 of them in 30 minutes. That’s one way we’ve got the oak tree beat.
Acorn caps or full acorns
Felt balls in mixed sizes
If you’re starting with full acorns you’ll need to separate the huts from the cap. Often they’ll just wiggle loose. However, if yours have a tight grip, pop them in a warm oven for 15-30 minutes and the nut will soften and shrink making the cap pop right off. Otherwise, take the easy route and just buy a bag full of caps – it’s amazing what the internet can do!
Select your felt balls. I chose two main color palates, one with harvest gold, avocado and burnt orange (call it your 1970’s kitchen group) and the other with plums, whites and grays. Take your felt balls and soak them in water for 5 minutes to make them pliable.
I drilled two holes in the caps…
and threaded them with twine and yarn before attaching the felt ball.
to create ones that could be used for garland or gift wrap.
You can drill a center hole to attach a twig …and a felt leaf to create napkin rings.
But really, you don’t have to be that fancy and can just toss them into a bowl for all to admire.