Felted Acorn Garland DIY Tutorail

NEEDLE FELTED ACORN GARLAND

Today you are so LUCKY!

I am finally sharing how to make gorgeous felted acorn garlands. They are the cutest things ever, don’t you think? It’s no wonder so many of you have asked me for the tutorial. Drum roll… here it is!

 

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Jazz up your home for autumn. Or make a colorful garland for your Thanksgiving table or  your Christmas tree. Or make one to keep your home wonderfully woodsy all year round. I promise, once you have your ADORABLE felted acorn garland up in your home, you’ll never want to take it down.

Pin this graphic tutorial on Pinterest so that you can save the instructions forever. You’ll be happy you did later when you are looking for it!

 

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Here’s the full tutorial with nice big photos to guide you.

 

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Here are the materials you’ll need to make your very own felted acorn garland :

 

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  1. felt balls in your favorite colors (find them here. You’ll need about 40).
  2. real acorn caps (you’ll need about 40).
  3. 5 feet of hemp string (the thinnest you can find).
  4. a needle with a big eye
  5. glue (hot glue is best but if you are working with children, school glue works just as well… you just have to be more patient waiting for the glue to dry.)
  6. scissors
  7. pliers (optional).

 

Step 1

First pair up all of acorn caps with your felt balls, making sure the balls fit snugly in the cap. Leave the balls in the acorn caps until you are ready to glue them together.

 

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Step 2

Put a little glue into the base of the acorn caps and insert the felted balls. If you are using a hot glue gun, the balls will bond immediately to the acorn caps. If you are using school glue, you’ll need to leave the felted acorns for a few hours for the glue to dry.

 

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Look how cute your felted acorns look. I adore all these pretty bright colors together.

 

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I love finding doubles, which is what I call it when there are two acorn caps on one stem. When you come across a double, choose complimentary colored balls to fill the caps. These make your garland even more fun.

 

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Step 3

You can string your garland when the felted balls are completely bonded to the acorn caps.

Thread the needle with the hemp string.

Thread the needle through the center of the felted ball of each acorn. Depending on how firm your felted balls is, you might need to grasp the sharp end of the needle with a pair of pliers and pull hard to get the hemp string through the felted ball. You might even need to jiggle it a little as you pull… don’t be shy to use force if you need it.

 

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String all of the felted acorns onto the hemp string.

 

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Step 4

When all the felted acorns are on the string, begin at one end to space them the same distance from each other. I like leaving at least the space of an acorn between them… sometimes more space looks more delightful.

 

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End your felted acorn garland with a simple loop knot and hang it up.

 

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I have put together a wonderful kit, available in The Magic Onions Shop, that will come with EVERYTHING you need to complete this project.

If you LOVE this garland but are not the crafting type, you can purchase it in The Magic Onions Shop… in the Garland section. If you don’t see the color combo you are after, send me a message and I’ll make it for you in the colors you choose.

Looking for more crafting ideas? You can find awesome needle felting directions on my Needle Felting Tutorials page.

Here are some of my other fall and Christmas crafts.

And here are all of my crafting tutorials.

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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The Spiral of Time.

Hello Novemember : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Welcome to a new month. November! A month of autumn and changes and the calm before the storm.

I’m manifesting the Spiral this month.

 

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I’m working on accepting the turnings and changes of life as it evolves.

I won’t fight it. I will breath it in.

I won’t grieve over another year ending. I will breath it out.

I will let my soul feel the never ending spiral of hours and days and years as they contract inward in a spiral to my heart and expand outward in a spiral to the universe.

It is the way things are. It is the way things are meant to be.

I welcome your consciousness into my spirit, Spiral, knowing that you will lead me to where I am meant to go. And lead what is meant for me, into my heart.

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

15 Nature Inspired Autumn Crafts

Mother Autumn gives us so many gifts to craft with in the Fall. Colorful leaves, acorns, pine cones… her generosity is boundless.

Here are some of our favorite nature-inspired Fall crafts.

 

autumn

 

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1. Indian Corn Necklace

2. Leaf and beeswax Suncatcher

3. Watercolor Leaf Rubbing

4. Autumn Gnomes

5. Beeswax and Leaf Bowl

6. Fall Wreath

 

Leaf Crafts : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

1. Autumn Fairy

2. Leaf Mobile

3. Autumn Leaf Bowl

4. Leaf Drawings

5. Beeswax Leaf Luminary

6. Leaf Fairy

7. Preserved Leaves

8. Leaf Mandala

9. Leaf Rainbow

 

Thank you for your gifts, Mother Autumn.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Cute Autumn Gnome Peg People

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Autumn Gnome. They are on their way a gathering and are dressed in their best fall colors. Don’t you just love Mrs. Autumn Gnome’s wild hair? She gets entirely frustrated with it when she grooms it in the mornings. She thinks she’d look better with it neat and tidy. She wishes it weren’t so unruly. If only she knew that she’s perfect JUST THE WAY SHE IS.

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In autumn, fairies and gnomes dress in the colors of the fall. They love the rich oranges and yellows of the fallen leaves and the warm browns of acorns and pine cones. What  fun it is for little ones to make these autumn peg people gnomes.

 

NOTE : For those of you who want to make these sweet darlings at home with your little ones but don’t want the hassle of gathering all the materials you’ll need, I’ve made this craft available as a kit in my shop. You can purchase the kit, including all the supplies you’ll need to make TWO gnomes and instructions, here : DIY Acorn Gnome Kit for $16.

 

Materials you’ll need :

  • two wooden gnome bodies
  • fluffy blue and white gnome hair and acorn hats
  • orange and yellow paint and a paint brush
  • felt strips and two little buttons
  • a tube of non-toxic glue

 

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Let’s paint the bodies of our gnomes first, leaving the heads unpainted.

 

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Now lets add the hair. Use the paintbrush to add a dollop of glue to the gnome’s head.

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Stick on the hair… long hair for the girl and short hair for the boy. Press the wool hair firmly into the glue and leave until dry.

 

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Now let’s stick on the acorn hat. Fill the inside of the acorn with glue.

 

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Stick the acorn firmly onto the gnome’s head and leave it to dry completely. You may have to push the acorn onto the head a few times during the drying process as the fluffy hair tends to lift it a little and we want it to be firmly stuck down.

 

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Paint one side of the felt belt with glue and fix it onto the gnome’s body. Lie the gnome down so that his weight is resting on the glued felt to help it stay in place. Let it dry. Add the little button by dabbing it with a little glue and fixing it in place. Let it dry.

 

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Voila… your little acorn gnomes are ready for playing with. Now have some Autumn fun!

 

NOTE : For those of you who want to make these sweet darlings at home with your little ones but don’t want the hassle of gathering all the materials you’ll need, I’ve made this craft available as a kit in my shop. You can purchase the kit, including all the supplies you’ll need to make TWO gnomes and instructions, here : DIY Acorn Gnome Kit for $16.

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Felted Owl Mobiles

Look what I’ve been up to… I’ve been working on felted owl mobiles for The Magic Onions Shop? I love them! They are so cute. They bring their special brand of woodland magic to any kids room. Kitty has a yellow one in her room and it looks utterly adorable.

Each owl sits on a real twig perch with a pretty little colorful balloon to add fun and whimsy to this magical mobile.

Cutest owl mobiles in town : Needle Felted from wool : www.theMagicOnions.com/shop/

Owl mobiles in all shades and sizes can be purchased from The Magic Onions Shop.

And… in September, each order I receive in the shop will receive a special gift of a pack of 6 colorful felted acorns.

beautiful felted acorns in the Magic Onions Shop : www.theMagicOnions.com

I’m also working on a line of woodland animal ornaments for Christmas. I’ll show you all when they are ready.

Having my shop at last is so much fun!

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Name the Bird…

Now this is a bird after my own heart!
Can you guess what his name is?
Yes, he is a woodpecker, but what type of woodpecker?
I’ll give you a clue…
YOU GOT IT!! He is an Acorn Woodpecker! Look at what he does!
He makes hundreds of little holes all over the tree trunk and then collects acorns to stick in the holes! Isn’t he funny!
Look how hard he has worked…
A Good Man remarked that if I was a bird, I’d be an Acorn Woodpecker. So there you have it! What bird would you be?
Our Earth Day Giveaway ends on Earth Day, 22 April, please enter for your chance to win some really sweet goodies.
Blessings and magic.

Making Beeswax Acorns.

When we made our Beeswax Valentine Hearts yesterday, we had a little melted wax left over. I remembered such a fun project making beeswax acorns and y’all know how crazy I am about acorns. It didn’t take much convincing to get K excited too. Aren’t they just adorable?
Organic beeswax acorns
To make our little beeswax acorns, we needed…
Beeswax (available in my Fairyfolk shop)
Acorn caps
marbles
playdough (here is a link to our home-made playdough recipe)
supplies needed for making beeswax acorns

Melt the beeswax over a bain-marie (check out yesterdays post to get home-made bain-marie instructions)
home-made bain-marie

While the wax is melting, roll your playdough into a log and press the marbles into it.

Gently extract your marbles, leaving round indents in the playdough.

When your beeswax is melted, pour it into your home-made acorn mould and let it cool.
home-made acorn wax mould
When the wax has cooled, but is still slightly warm and pliable, peel it out of the palydough.
Break you round wax balls apart and round them gently.
Choose acorn caps that are just the right size for your little beeswax balls and, Voila! The are our table centerpiece at the moment and I can’t help gazing at them lovingly… they are too adorable for words.
Such pretty little beeswax acorns
As I know there are many of you who will want to make some of these little treasures for yourself and will need the materials, I have listed organic beeswax in my shop, Fairyfolk. I will include 6 marble-sized acorn caps with your beeswax purchase if you leave a message that you are wanting to make these acorns with your wax in the ‘note to seller’ part of the purchase form.
The PUZZLED GIVEAWAY ends on 24 January 10, so there’s still time to pop over for your chance to win a gorgeous, customized puzzle.
Thank you to the wonderful A Foothill Companion for sharing this sweet idea.
Blessings and magic.

Make a Thanksgiving Walnut Candle.

Continuing with our Handmade Holidays, today we made sweet little walnut candles. They are enchanting little gifts from nature, made with walnut shells and beeswax. They will flicker warmly on our Thanksgiving table.

enchanting walnut candlesWe needed…

walnuts (halved and shelled) and other pods
a jar of beeswax
candle wicks
and scissors
supplies needed for walnut candles
We used 3 walnut halves, a seed pod and a big acorn cap.
Place you candle wick into the walnut and measure how long you need your wick to be. Cut it accordingly.
We needed 4 shorter wicks for the walnuts and acorn cap and one longer one for our bigger pod.
Now it is time to melt the beeswax. I made a bain-marie by filling a pot with a few inches of water and bringing it to the boil. When your water is boiling, put your jar of wax in the boiling water. This gently melts your beeswax. Please be careful… boiling water and melted wax is hot!
When we work with melted wax, I always have a bowl of iced water prepared. Touch wood, we haven’t burnt ourselves as we are very careful, but I feel safer knowing that if an accident happened, I could put a burn in cold water immediately.
(Note: this is from a reader who says… “I wanted to let you know, though, that burns should never be put in ice water, nor should a burn be iced. You should not even use cold water, it can cause cold damage to the sensitive skin. Instead, immerse the burn in room temp or cool water to help bring down the swelling and help with the pain, or run cool / room temp water over it”)

Once the beeswax is melted, it takes on a gorgeous golden glow… just like honey, as K noticed. And it smells wonderful too.
I use a paper towel when I pour melted wax. Dab a little melted wax onto the paper towel and then fix your walnut to the wax.
This holds your walnut in place for you to pour the wax safely into.
Pour the melted wax right up to the rim of the walnut.
After a few minutes, the wax hardens enough for you to insert your wick. The cooling wax holds your wick in place.
We made 4 candles… 2 walnut, 1 acorn and 1 seed pod.
Don’t they look charming? K thinks they are just the right size to fit on a bunny’s table… I had a wonderful flash of her imagination when she said that :-)
Little walnut candles made from walnut shells and beeswax
We lit one just to see that it really does work. It gives off the sweetest honey smell… fragrance from Mother Nature herself.
The others, we have packed away in a special place… we are saving them to decorate our Thanksgiving table with. We will sit around our table smiling and loving and laughing while our little candles flicker happily, reminding us of all we have to be thankful for.
Check out our other Handmade Christmas decorations and these bright nature-inspired Felted Wool Acorn Christmas Tree Decorations here.
Blessings and magic.