As promised, here's the first of my new crafty tutorials! Felted acorns... They are so sweet, arent' they? And just perfect for Fall or Winter decor.
The technique I am going to explain is the one I use, with my own personal 'touch' (like using a cheese grater! Hehe)... no idea if someone else makes these differently, this is the way I make them.
Some people make use of a single needle, but I strongly suggest to use multiple needles in a pen tool!
Be extra careful when using this tool, because needles have 'barbs' that are responsible for the felting of the wool. If you don't feel comfortable in holding the acorn with your hand, use a fork or pliers to hold it.
Step 2: Place your acorn-to-be on the felting mat and start hitting it with the needles. Always wear a brace when you do ripetitive movements with your hands!!!! I will never tire of saying that. It helps preventing the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Here you can see the acorns in different stages of the process.
Step 6: Soak the acorn in warm/hot water. The following steps should be done at the sink (I did them on a plastic plate for shooting reasons).
Step 7: Soap your hands as well as the acorn, and start to roll it in your hands and on the grater. Don't apply too much pression, be gentle!
Then hot glue their original cap, holding it tight for a few seconds.