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 :

 

DIY Felt Acorn Christmas Garland Tutorial  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

  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.

 

DIY Felt Acorn Christmas Garland Tutorial  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

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.

 

DIY Felt Acorn Christmas Garland Tutorial  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

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.

 

DIY Felt Acorn Christmas Garland Tutorial  : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

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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Leaf Rubbing on Watercolor Paper

When I told my friend that we were getting ready to do some leaf rubbings,  she shared a little secret with me… leaf rubbings look even more gorgeous if you do them on paper that has been painted with watercolors first. This sounded so lovely to us that we just had to give it a try. But first, we scouted our neighborhood for lovely big fallen leaves.

At the end of each year, Teddy and Kitty come home from their Waldorf school with pages and pages of beautiful watercolor paintings. I keep them safely to use throughout the year as ‘thank you’ cards and gift tags… and now, leaf rubbings too!

We chose a few favorite leaves for our rubbing.

We set the leaf on a hard surface, put the watercolor paper over the leaf and rubbed hard with a block crayon.

How exciting it was to see the outline of the leaf reveal itself onto our painting… and the veins too! Autumn magic at work!

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The harder we rubbed (being careful not to move the leaf below the paper) the more beautiful our leaf rubbings became.

We punched holes in each rubbing and thread them with yarn so that we could hang them from our staircase. They are the first thing that greets us as we enter the Sunny House – beautiful, bright Autumn!

While Teddy was making the leaf rubbings, Kitty made leaf fairies.

What is your favorite leaf craft?

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Make A Colorful Autumn Leaf Garland

In America, today is Monday Labor Day. American kids have been on Summer Vacation for the last 3 months and tomorrow, the day after Labor Day, is traditionally the day our kids start the new school year (Kitty is starting Grade 3 and Teddy is starting Kindergarten). And so, today, Labor Day, is unofficially thought of as ‘The Last Day Of Summer’… why do I feel teary telling you this little snippet of American tradition?Anyway (blinking back those silly old tears), we have slowly been bringing Autumn into our days. We so love the gorgeous earthy colors of the Fall and collecting all the treasures that fall from the Autumn trees.But, in Southern California, we have to wait patiently for Autumn to arrive as she takes her sweet time to come all the way down our warm west coast. We wanted to bring her oranges and greens and reds into our home and Kitty had the idea to make a colorful garland. We used the left over paint chips from when we were trying to decide on paint colors for our new home (that’s our story and we are sticking to it!)

We needed ::

  • Paint chips – about 30 (hardware store)
  • Hemp String (craft store – any string will do but we like hemp string as it is waxed and easy to thread through little holes)
  • A small hole punch (craft store)
  • A leaf punch (craft store)

Use the leaf punch to cut the colorful paint chips into leaf shapes.

Use the hole punch to punch two small holes in each leaf, just above the stem of the leaf. This was Teddy’s job and he set about it with great diligence. I love watching him work on fine motor skill tasks as he has a habit of sticking out his tongue in concentration which makes my mothers-heart melt.

It really doesn’t matter if the holes are skew or unevenly spaced… the randomness of how they hang will add charm to your garland.

Cut off a length of string about 7 feet long and thread an end through one hole on the leaf and back through the other. Make sure to thread each leaf the same way as the paint chips we used were only colored on one side.

Thread all your leaves onto your string.

Our mantle looks like Autumn has visited our home, leaving her gorgeous colors to tempt us with visions of her as we wait patiently for her to arrive.

Has Autumn come to you already or are you also waiting patiently? Or, is Spring your next season?

Blessings and magic,
Donni