Guest Blogger, Emily from the blog Larkspur Cottage
This adorable autumn craft uses a combination of simple natural materials and traditional skills. It can be adjusted for different skill levels, and all ages will love making their own little acorn friend!
Here’s What You Need:
- Wool roving in two colours
- Embroidery floss and needle
- Acorn cap
- Pens, pastels, or other supplies to draw the face
- Soap and water for wet felting OR needle and mat for needle felting
- Glue gun and glue sticks
Cut out two identical oak leaf shapes from the wool felt. The shape is like a puffy cloud. The size can vary, but around 2 inches long works well.
Cut the top off of one of the leaves, about 1/3 of the way down from the top. If desired, embroider details on this cut leaf. I used backstitch to create the leaf’s vein details. This can be done in a matching or contrasting colour.
Now sew the two leaves together, with the cut leaf on top. Start sewing where the top leaf starts, sew around the bottom of the leaves, and stop where the top leaf ends. Blanket stich or whipstitch work well here.
The oak leaf pouch is ready!
To make the acorn baby’s head, felt a small, round ball out of the roving. I used the wet-felting technique, rolling the roving with soap and hot water. This can also be done with needle felting. Felt a second shape, a longer egg shape, to be the baby’s body. Use the size of your leaf pouch to determine the size of the head and body.
Glue an acorn cap onto your head ball. Then glue the head onto the body. If using wet-felting, make sure the head is dry before drawing on the face. The face can be drawn on with felt-tip markers or fabric pens. Add a little chalk-pastel for blush on the cheeks.
This acorn baby makes a charming ornament for hanging, just add a ribbon loop!