Ever since I experimented with needle felting earlier this year, I’ve been fascinated with the plethora of potential DIYs associated with this age-old technique. After spotting felted acorns at an adorable boutique in Carmel, I quickly discovered I couldn’t achieve the look with a felting needle (Honestly, fail!) Instead it required an easier method called wet felting which simply involves some hot, soapy water. Suffice to say, I’m obsessed and can’t wait to make a bevy of these felted knickknacks!
- wool roving
- acorn caps
- hot glue gun
- dishwashing soap
- 2 bowls
Start by working with a half handful of wool roving at a time. Separate the fibers and roll them back together into a loose ball.
Fill two bowls with hot water. Put 2 drops of dishwashing fluid into one of the bowls to create hot, soapy water. Dunk the ball of roving into the soapy water.
Gently roll it between the palms in a circular motion, as if rolling cookie dough or meatballs. This takes patience as at first as it won’t seem like the ball is taking shape. Keep rolling and if the ball is too soapy, dunk it into the clean hot water and continue rolling gently. Keep repeating the dunk and roll steps. As the fibers become agitated with the hot, soapy water it will become denser and denser.
Soon enough, the ball will form nicely. If there are some cracks in the ball, pull off a tiny section of roving, spread it apart, and lay it over the cracked section.
Wrap any excess roving around the ball, dunk it in the soapy water and continue rolling. If the ball doesn’t seem to be taking to the additional roving – keep rolling. Tip: when in doubt, keep rolling!
Rince the soapy ball into the clean water bowl. Squeeze any excess water out with a paper towel and reshape it with clean, dry hands. Set the ball aside and allow to dry for 12 hours.
In the meantime, drill two small holes at the top of the acorn cap. Pull a 6 inch piece of thread through the cap.
When the felt ball is dry, squeeze hot glue into the inside of the cap. Fit the felt ball into acorn cap.
For a more oval shaped acorn, simply roll the ball between the palms in one direction to elongate the shape.
Your colorful felt balls are finished!! Hang them on your tree, add them as toppers to wrapped gifts, or place them all into a pretty bowl as decor.
(all images by HonestlyWTF)
Great DIY:) It’s a nice idea to decorate our christmas tree.
Love this! Been making DIY ornaments and my own alternative Xmas tree all week so I will def have to try this one out!
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Taht si so nice idea. Have a nice day.
So cute! I love all the different colors and these are great even after the holiday season is over!
so cute! i love DIY’s that are easy and look lovely too!
so prettyyyyyyy!!!!!! love the idea! xo, Alma
These are super adorable. I would have never thought of this.
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We really love the outcome! Great post!
I loved !!
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This is such a neat idea!
I love this idea
This is incredibly creative! I love it!!
omg such a cute idea!!! i think this won’t work out at my flat (i own two cats and they would get nuts with the awesome items) but i love it 🙂
I loved them! They look cute and cozy! Excelent for a christmas tree!!
So cute and timeless, love this!
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Simply adorable! Your DIYs are always the best. They always hit the right tone whether it be for decorating or for jewelry accents. You always strike just the right tone. Love your site & DIYs!
ah cute! great idea
They’re beautiful! I’ll mix with these:
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They came out great!
If you buy roving that is on the rougher/ more textured end of the spectrum it is also very quick and easy to do this project utilizing the needle felting method…just watch out for your fingers!
Amaizing DIY for my tree! I make it in white color))
Those are so cute! It could be a great family project, I think my niece and nephew would love to make them. Thanks!
It’s a great idea !
Those are so cute !
Love it !
Genius – I love it!
BTW – would like to try it!
Colorful DIY… Specially for Christmas. Love it
This is by far the cutest xmas DIY ever!!! Loveeee it!!
These are SO CUTE! you guys have the best DIY projects!
So adorable!!!! I have since refashioned a thrifted dress in preparation for Christmas too 🙂
I’m so in love with this DIY! I just featured it in my last post: http://www.dutch-beauty.nl/2012/12/lets-make-each-other-christmas-presents.html 😀
Maybe I’ll also try to make it 🙂
I love it!!!!!
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So nice !
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well this i really cute, thank you for the suggestion because i’m in love
太有意思了,好聪明,! nice work!
What a great DIY!
These are so cute! I’m definetely gonna’ make some 😀
Another Great Idea is to add Decorative Hanging Crystals to your Tree….When you kick on the lights the crystals sparkle beautifully
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As always, loving it here. Including this on my best Christmas DIYs round up post for my blog hapinesswherever.wordpress.com
So pretty! Years ago I made ‘felted’ soaps, they came out beautifully! Thanks for sharing!