Needle Felted Acorn Napkin Rings

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Create, D.I.Y., Decorate, Holiday, Needlework | October 5, 2015 | By

Kate and I took a basic needle-felting class at our local yarn/knit store several years ago and made a Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  I haven’t done anything with needle-felting since taking that class, though I still have all the needle-felting paraphernalia.  Lately I’ve been noticing all sorts of fantastic needle-felted Christmas ornaments on Pinterest and have put them on my craft bucket list…maybe for this Christmas…we’ll see.  In any event, in planning my Thanksgiving table, the idea of working in needle-felted acorns became part of the equation, along with my fringed linen tablecloth and napkins.  I wasn’t sure how I would use them…maybe I’d make a whole bunch and fill some glass jars or maybe I’d scatter them across the table.  In any event, I needed to get a bunch made and then I’d figure that out what to do with them after I made them.

acorn branch

It occurred to me that the acorns would look cool attached to a branch on my table.  I noodled a way to attach a wire to the acorns and then I could attach the wire to a branch.  I wanted a brown florist wire, which I didn’t find at my local craft store, so I went on to Amazon.  When I searched brown florist wire, not only what I was looking for popped up, but also a brown rustic wire!  acorn place setting3

Once again…crafting kismet!  I figured I could attach my acorns to this branchy looking wire and make some great looking napkin rings!  Well maybe not ‘rings’ so much as napkin ‘wraps’.

Here’s What You Will Need to Make Needle-Felted Acorn Napkin Rings/Wraps:

  • Wool Merino Roving.  I’ve easily made 30 acorns from this 20 gram bag and still have some left.  A little goes a long way.  I also had some brown left over from the making of Rudolf, and I incorporated some brown into a few of the acorns for some variations.
  • Felting Needles. These are the kind I used, you really only need the 38 for these acorns.  If I do more felting, I may get one of these as the needles can get hard to hold onto after a while, especially for my mile-long fingers.
  • Felting Pad,  No way around this, those needles are sharp and you need something to absorb them.
  • Acorn Caps.  My sweet sister-in-law and her family collected some for me in the mountains of NC, but I also purchase some bigger ones online.  I got mine from Ebay and they were PERFECT!  
  • Brown Florist Wire.
  • Brown Rustic Wire 70′ 18 Gauge
  • Drill with 3/32 (2.38mm) drill bit
  • Glue

Here’s How You Will Make Your Needle Felted Acorns and Napkin Rings:

  • Drill holes in your acorn caps, as close to the stem end as possible and set them aside.
  • Drill hole in acornCut your florist wire into 3-4 inch segments and set them aside.
  • Gently pull some fibers out of your wad of wool.  You can’t really rip it off, it’s best to just pull the fibers out.  You don’t need much and its best to start too small than too big.  You won’t be able to really reduce the size once you start felting it.  The process of felting compacts the fibers.  The beginning of my little GIF below gives you a sense of how much wool you need .  Two things to remember when figuring out the amount of wool you need…I have really long fingers so your proportions will be different and I actually made this one a tad too big.  

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  • Roll your yarn into a little sausage
  • Start poking it with your needle.  The felting needles have little ridges which catch the fibers and compact them.  Regular needles will not work.
  • Watch your fingers!!!
  • You can start out holding two needles to make the beginning process go quicker.  The first 50 or so pokes should be all over, just really to compact the fibers.  
  • Once you’ve got them compacted a a bit, you can start shaping.  I made my acorn flat on top and rounded on the bottom. That just required me to hold the acorn with the top side up and poke down, shaping it as I went.  top of acorn
  • You’ll do the same thing on the bottom, just not making it so flat.  You’ll go around the sides of the bottom, pushing in the fibers as opposed to primarily coming down from the top. 
  • You’ll notice as you go along, the needle will start getting a little resistance.  That will be the fibers compacting.
  • Just keep going around all sides of your acorn.  If it’s still fuzzy, you need to keep felting it.  You can make it smaller by just keep going at it
  • Start to finish, each acorn takes about 5-7 minutes.  
  • Once you have the acorn the size you want it, then take your felting needle and make a hole in the top by going in and out of the same hole several times, while at the same time pushing the needle against the hole to widen it.  Go down about 3/4 of the way through you acorn…don’t go out the bottom.Wire going into acorn
  • Put a dab of glue on one end of your florist wire and jam it into the hole you made.
  • putting cap on acornDrop the acorn cap over the other end of the wire and secure the cap to the acorn with a dab of glue.

finished acorn

  • I made 3 wired acorns for each napkin ring.  Once you have your stash of wired acorns, it’s time to attach them to your rustic wire.  I cut my wire about 1 foot long and added a dab of clear drying glue to each end to prevent the fiber from unraveling.acorn on rustic wire
  • I merely wrapped the acorns about 3-3.5″ in from one end
  • When I wrapped them around the napkin, I arranged the acorns so they were all laying flat.acorn napkin rings2

So that’s that…acorn napkin rings for your fall or Thanksgiving table.  You can see how I fringed my linen tablecloth and napkins here and I’ll be back next week with a PDF for the acorn place cards shown below, .acorn placesetting 5

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lynn

 
 

 

 

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    Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    October 12, 2015

    These are darling! I love that you turned them into napkin rings – what a cute idea! Stopping by from the Something To Talk About party.

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      lynn
      October 12, 2015

      Hi Emily, thanks for your kind words. I do love my acorn napkin rings…they work great on my table. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Emily @ Two Purple Couches
        October 27, 2015

        They are so perfect for the season! Thanks for sharing at our Creative Spark party—I’m featuring these this week. I hope you’ll stop by to link up again and grab a “Featured” button. The party starts at 6am EST tomorrow 🙂 Have a wonderful week!
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          lynn
          October 27, 2015

          Thanks Emily, I’m giddy about being featured this week and I’ll be back to party again tomorrow. Really appreciate the work you put in being a co-host! Lynn?

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      lynn
      October 27, 2015

      Thanks so much for your kind words Rita. I’m pretty tickled with them myself to be honest. And so glad that the tutorial was helpful! Have a great day. LYnn

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    Denise/DIY Crush
    October 28, 2015

    Oh my, this is such a pretty and CUTE DIY!! I love how detailed you made the tutorial!! Awesome! Found you through #WAYWOW! I’d love to have you come over and link your post up to my craft party which starts at 7pm EST. and is new every Thursday! I also pin every post!

    http://www.diy-crush.com/blog/
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      lynn
      October 28, 2015

      Hi Denise. Thanks for your kind words. And for the invitation. I’d love to join your party! I’ll see you tomorrow.

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    Katrin@KreativK.net
    October 28, 2015

    They are absolutely beautiful! Such detail and I really like the way you can use them as napkin rings. They could go anywhere and would look great & natural!

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      lynn
      October 28, 2015

      Hi Katrin, thanks for your kind comments and for visiting today. Just came from your site, it’s quite lovely. I see you’re from Germany. We were in Germany and Austria this summer which is where I got the inspiration for the needle felting. Many of the hotels we stayed in had wool/felt decorations and that’s what got me thinking. I’d like to do some more of it in the near future. There were several things I have tried to incorporate into our home life back here in the US from our visit this summer. In fact, I wrote a blog post about it http://www.nourishandnestle.com/6-lifestyle-ideas-i-brought-home-from-europe/

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    Mary-In the boondocks
    October 28, 2015

    These are so very pretty. And your tutorial was very detailed and helpful. I will have to go looking for some acorns, and if I find them I will definitely give it a try. They add such a warm and elegant touch to the tablescape.
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      lynn
      October 28, 2015

      Thanks so much Mary. Surely there are acorns in the Boondocks!!! And Congratulations on your Blogger Award!

      Thanks for visiting, Lynn

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    Keri
    October 28, 2015

    I love how you made these acorn napkin rings!! Very creative!! Perfect for a fall table setting.
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      lynn
      October 29, 2015

      Thanks so much Keri. I’m pretty tickled with them.

      Have a fantastic day!!

      Lynn

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      lynn
      October 29, 2015

      Hi Sarah! Oh I’m so excited that you love them. They are sweet aren’t they!!! Have fun felting!!!

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      lynn
      October 30, 2015

      Thanks Linda…I get you about Hobby overload! Got to know when to say when, which is hard to do sometimes. Enjoy your other hobbies and thanks for stopping by.

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    Mila
    November 1, 2015

    So beautiful! Perfect for January tablescape. I don’t know why, but in January I’m all about whites.I love colors all year round, but January is my color free zone 🙂 Definitely pinning.
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      lynn
      November 2, 2015

      Good morning Mila and thanks for stopping by for a visit. I’m so glad you put the January idea in my head! I become very focused in my thinking and all along just saw these as fall decor, but your comment has really made me see how pretty they’d be on an all white table, maybe with some Mercury glass!!
      Got to think outside of the box!!!
      Thanks and have a great day!
      Lynn

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    November 2, 2015

    Lynn, I was so impressed with your calligraphy placecards and am just as impressed with these lovely felted acorns. They look so cool! I never would have thought they were handmade, they are perfect, as if a machine created them. I love how you attached them to the branch and on the napkins. What a gorgeous table setting! Do you have room for one more at your holiday table? I could set and enjoy this, and I’m sure the food going on the table will be just as gorgeous!
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      lynn
      November 2, 2015

      Ah Nikki, now you’re getting at my soft spot…I really do love these little acorns. And so easy to do. It’s nice when the concept actually gets carried out to fruition…these turned out just as I had imagined. Thanks again for being the hostess with the mostest!

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    Debrashoppeno5
    November 5, 2015

    The acorns haven’t started falling here on the West Coast of Florida but now when they do I will keep some to try this darling idea.

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      lynn
      November 6, 2015

      Good Morning Debra, gather those acorns! It’s a fun little craft and I hope you enjoy making them.

      Have a great day today!

      Lynn

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    Jann Olson
    November 7, 2015

    I have wanted to try my hand at felting for some time now. These are absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing the instructions! Don’t have time this year, but hopefully next. I have a nice stash of acorns gathered over the years. Hopped over from One More Time party. Happy to be a new follower! I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It’s about sharing the things that make you happy. I’d love if you shared some time!
    hugs,
    Jann

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      lynn
      November 8, 2015

      Hi Jann, thanks for visiting today and for your kind comments on my acorns…I do love them! Hope you give them a try when time allows. One of my blog friends noted how great they’d be for a winter tablecloth after the holidays…just a thought!
      Thanks for the party invite…I’ll be there! Got to love anything that shares happy!!
      Have a great day, Lynn

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      lynn
      November 8, 2015

      Oh Michele, thanks for your very sweet compliment. It is much appreciated. And I enjoyed browsing your site and reading about your recent luncheon and seeing your beautiful Thanksgiving setting. Can you believe it’s literally right around the corner!?
      Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

      Lynn

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      lynn
      November 12, 2015

      Hi Marie, thanks for visiting and thanks for you kind comments. I’m pretty tickled with the acorns as well! BTW, visited your site today and really dig your wood coasters. Putting them on my to do list…it’ll be good for me to find something to do using power tools! One of my many new year resolutions is to spend more time in the garage.
      Thanks again for visiting, Lynn

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    Jann Olson
    November 18, 2015

    Hi Lynn, I just loved these so much that I had to feature them at Share Your Cup this week. Thanks for joining!
    hugs,
    Jann

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      lynn
      November 18, 2015

      Aw thanks Jann! I’m thrilled to be featured and I’ll be back tomorrow with more stuff! Have a great evening…Lynn

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