Tuesday, November 05, 2019

acorn tutorial time . . .

These little fellows were just so much fun to make ... and to me they were especially endearing, knowing that their little caps came from our own trees!  They whip up really quickly and easily, so if my instructions are tough to follow, it's me, not them!

First, round up some caps!  We have a number of different types of acorn-bearing oaks in the camp, so I was able to find some different looking styles and sizes!  
We've been really wet over the past several weeks, so after I picked up all the caps I wanted, I put them on a tray in the oven at about 200 degrees for several hours.  They were nice and dry after that!   Then I was able to sit down and get busy! I used a variety of wool colors--because variety is the spice of life--but feel free to stick to more traditional colors/patterns if you desire.

Cut your wool in a circle (about 1.75" diameter). I didn't even trace it; I just held the circle to the wool and cut around it.

Using a sturdy thread or floss, knotted at the end (but with an inch or so of floss to work with on the tail end), stitch a running stitch around the edge of the circle (about 1/8"). 

End your stitching on the same side you began it.  This makes it easier to pull the circle closed.

Pull the ends of your thread together, slightly pulling the opening together (this will help you find the center/base of the acorn). Put a healthy dollop of hot glue (about pea-sized) into the opening, directly on the wool base. This will help you to shape the acorn and will also give the base some weight.

Take a pinch of polyester fiber fill and stuff it into the opening onto the hot glue.  Use your discretion.  If your cap is a bit bigger, your acorn can probably handle a tad more fiber fill.  But remember, you're putting it in over hot glue -- so it's better to start on the 'less' side of fiber fill and add more if you want to.

Pull the ends tight to close the opening and tie it off. You can snip off your ends, or do what I did and stuff them down into the acorn using the tools in the next step.

Using a stiletto or the pointy end of junkie scissors, stuff the excess thread and any fiber fill into the cinched opening. At this same time, work the hot glue in the wool into an acorn shape with your fingers.  This step is not pictured because I couldn't actually do what I was talking about and take a photo at the same time.  LOL!

Place a generous dollop of hot glue at the top of the acorn, over the opening , and cover with the acorn cap.
Set it straight on or make it jaunty!  Personality counts!

Finally, make a GAZILLION more!  Because they're so stinkin' addictive!!!

Happy Fall, y'all!


8 expressed . . .:

Linda in Calif. said...

So cute! And the look like so much fun to make. (P.S. Tutorial was easy to follow.)

Melissa L said...

Love these! I may need to come "borrow" come acorns from the camp, I only have a dogwood and crepe myrtles in my yard. haha.

Kate said...

Very cute! So what are you doing with your set of colorful acorns?

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

I love these, and what a great tutorial!! I have acres of caps to use, and lots of wool scraps.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Those are adorable

Janet O. said...

These ARE stinkin' cute, Denise! They would make great additions to some Fall bowl fillers.

Loris said...

Lovely and instructions too! Thank you! I would love to make some of these. I live the on the central coast of California with Monterey Pine trees and some cypress. I'm going to have to look to see if we have any caps like that. These are so cute!

Susan said...

Thanks, Denise! Very cute! Trust you to come up with the idea. =)