Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Project: Felted Acorn & Fabric Giftwrap!

These little felted acorn ornaments are a great way to adorn your holiday gifts! We wrapped our gifts in darling Hope Valley prints by Denyse Schmidt, but this project is a fabulous way to use up fabric scraps from sewing projects past. The eco-friendly wrapping is re-usable and oh so easy! It doesn't even matter what's inside because your gift will be the most adorable and coveted item under the tree.

Here is how we made our felted acorn ornaments:
  1. Take a pinch of wool roving about 3" long (we have over 120 colors here at the shop to choose from).
  2. Roll the roving in your hands first and then dip the loose, woolly ball into a bowl of hot, soapy water (we just use dish soap).
  3. Now roll the wet ball over and over in your hands until it is nice and felted (this may take a few minutes so be patient.) You can alternate dipping your ball into cold water and the hot soapy water to speed up the felting process.
  4. Once your ball looks nice, rinse it in cold water and set onto a towel to dry.
  5. When your felted ball is dry, simply hot glue a real acorn top to it. You can collect all different types of acorn tops for different sized balls. We tied a piece of yarn around the top of the acorn to hang.
This project is great for kids ages 3 and up. No time to felt? We also sell felted wool balls already made up in our spinning and felting room!

Have fun and Happy Holidays!

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