Crafts for Kids: Needle Felted Acorns

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Crafts for Kids: Needle Felted Acorns

Joey from Made by Joey is with us today to share an inspiring fall craft activity, needle felted acorns. I am already picturing a big bowl of these little lovelies on our coffee table!

Needle felting is a fun handwork activity that is suitable for most children 7+.*  Taught in Waldorf Schools all over the world, needle felting has become popular with many fiber artists as a form of sculpting with wool.

*Note:  In order to be successful with this craft, children should have the maturity to respectfully use the required tools.  This craft must be supervised by an adult until the child has mastered the technique.

Crafts for Kids: Needle Felted Acorns

A highly tactile experience, needle felting uses carded sheep’s wool called roving, a special needle felting needle and a foam pad to work on.  For this beginner project you will also need a clean acorn cap, and white glue or hot glue.

To start you will need a piece of roving about the size of a child’s palm.  Avoid cutting roving with scissors, instead gently pull the wool apart piece by piece separating the natural fibers until you have the amount that you need.  Have the child roll the roving between their hands into a loose ball shape.

Crafts for Kids: Needle Felted Acorns

Place the ball on to the foam mat and help your child hold the barbed needle and gently poke the ball repeatedly in an up and down motion until the fibers start to tangle and hold together on their own.  Start off slowly and take care not to twist the needle as they are somewhat delicate and will snap off.  Continue poking the fiber until it gradually becomes firmer and less “hairy”.  Roll the ball in your hands periodically to maintain the round shape.  Repeat these steps until you and your child have formed a fairly tight round ball.

Crafts for Kids: Needle Felted Acorns

Once your child is happy with their needle felted ball, apply some glue to the inside of the acorn cap and press the wool ball up into the acorn cap.  Hold in place for a minute and leave to dry for a couple of hours if using white glue.

Crafts for Kids: Needle Felted Acorns

Needle felted acorns can be:

:: used in nature table displays

:: used as counters for learning games

:: gathered in bowls or vases

:: drilled and made into a bunting to decorate your child’s room

:: made into necklaces

:: tied onto packages

:: made in any color to suit the season

To see more examples of needle felted fiber art check out my Pinterest board.

Some of my favorite needle felting books:

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Crafts for Kids: Needle Felted Acorns

This is a great activity to do with your child on a chilly Autumn day or when you want to make a small gift for someone special.  Put on some soothing music, take it slowly and have fun with this wool sculpting craft, the possibilities are endless for what you can create together!

 

Joey
Joey lives in Western Canada with her husband and two children. She enjoys coming up with new ways of using her creativity and sharing this inspiration with others. She blogs about her family’s creative lifestyle at madebyjoey.
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10 Comments

  1. Kate - An Everyday Story said on October 4, 2013 #

    These are so very beautiful and really achievable even for my little ones.

    Your autumn nature table is simply divine too.

    • ~ joey ~ said on October 4, 2013 #

      I hope you and your little ones have fun making some acorns to decorate a nature table! It’s fun to search for acorn caps on your Autumn walks as well!

  2. Mariah said on October 4, 2013 #

    Thank you so much for this simple and accessible DIY Joey! We have been wanting to try this for awhile and this is just the motivation we need…

    • ~ joey ~ said on October 4, 2013 #

      Thanks Mariah! I’m sure the girls will love needle felting after making these acorns. The roving comes in so many gorgeous rich Autumn colours, they’ll look great in a bowl on your coffee table!

  3. Rachel | Racheous said on October 4, 2013 #

    These are gorgeous Joey. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Friday Favorites… » Between You & Me said on October 11, 2013 #

    [...] These felt acorns most certainly will make their way into a wooden bowl at my house. [...]

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  7. the logbook said on September 12, 2014 #

    […] cute little acorns made out of felt balls, something I have a slight obsession with. {found here} […]

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