Fall is a wonderful time of year to get crafty and create some cozy decor for your home. If you’re looking for a fun and easy DIY project to try, why not make some felt acorns with acorn caps? These cute and rustic accents are perfect for adding a touch of autumnal charm to your space.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you step-by-step how to make your own felt acorns and use them to create bowl fillers, a beautiful fall garland, and cute ornaments. Let’s get started!
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How to Make DIY Felt Acorns with Acorn Caps
Note: If you don’t have oak trees around you to collect acorn caps then you can use fake foam acorns and remove the caps. I found them at Hobby Lobby. They also sell a pack that has acorns and mini pinecones for around $2.
Here are the fake acorns with real acorn caps that I found at Hobby Lobby. Check the size of the acorn caps because they varied greatly from bag to bag, look for the larger-sized ones.
Making Felt Acorns with Acorn Caps
What is great about these DIY felt acorns is that they are 2 of my favorite things! 1.) sooo easy and 2.) adorable!! So even if you don’t consider yourself the crafty type you can whip a set of these cute acorns out in 30 minutes.
Now if you live in an area that has oak trees then take a walk around with a baggie and collect some acorn caps. Where I am in NH I am surrounded by maples and tall pines. So I had to run to Hobby Lobby and buy a couple of bags of their Fall decor acorns.
The acorns are foam but the caps are real (or at least I think they are!). I’m sure you can probably find similar acorns at other craft stores, just make sure the caps aren’t foam too!
remove acorn caps
To remove the acorn caps I used by thumb to squish the foam acorn and then twisted and pulled it away from the cap. It was pretty easy to do! A couple of the acorns didn’t break off completely but for the most part, the acorn caps made a clean break from the foam acorn.
Now it will depend on how many DIY felt acorns you plan to make for this project and how many acorn caps you are going to need to collect.
felt pom poms
My Fall decorating style is pretty neutral. I tend to use lots of natural elements in my home when I am decorating for Fall. So for my set of felt acorns, I chose a set of neutral-toned felt pom poms with beige, brown, and gray colored balls. This set from Amazon comes with 60 20mm wool felt pom balls and comes in a few different color combos and was around $18 when I bought it.
crafting the felt acorns
Get your hot glue gun ready. Be careful when using a hot glue gun, I would suggest using finger protectors to prevent burning.
There are two ways to do this part. You can either add a circle of hot glue about the size of the acorn cap right onto the felt pom or add hot glue to the inside rim of the acorn cap. Both ways work the same, I tested them out and found no difference.
Just be careful adding the hot glue directly to the felt pom…don’t go crazy and add too much because it will show when the glue dries.
Once you add the glue put pressure on the acorn cap and hold it in place until the glue sets.
Honestly, this is a very simple DIY project! You can also make as many or as few as you would like.
For today, I stopped at 35 acorns. This will be enough for me to show you 3 different ideas for using felt acorns for Fall decor.
Making Felt Acorn Ornaments
Here is how to take those felt acorns and turn them into ornaments. Last year I actually bought some of these in a small shop when I was shopping at a vintage bazaar.
But making your own is more fun and you could make a large set for a fraction of the cost of buying them premade!
Cut a piece of jute string to 6 inches long (you can adjust the length of your jute depending on where you want to hang them if you want them shorter or longer).
Fold the string in half and add a small drop of hot glue to the tips, using a toothpick to press the ends together worked for me to secure the ends.
Next, I added a very tiny drop of hot glue to the top of the acorn cap (right behind the stem) and again used the toothpick to glue the string to the acorn cap.
Creating a Fall Garland with Felt Acorns
Here is one more fun Fall decor idea to make with the felt acorns. Let me show you an easy way to make a garland.
To make it easier for me to keep the acorns and pinecones an even distance from each other I grabbed a yardstick and put it on my work surface so I could measure.
Start making this garland by cutting a piece of the thin jute roping to 6 feet long (adjust the size depending on where you want to use it).
Stretch the jute rope straight on your work surface, if you don’t have a yardstick you can use a ruler or even grab your measuring tape and open it to 6 ft.
Starting at the 10 cm mark I hot glued an acorn in place and then 10cm away from that I glued a mini pinecone. Then I just repeated the process gluing either an acorn or pinecone every 10 cm. 10 cm is just under 4 inches.
Can you do the acorns and pinecones closer to each other? Sure, knock yourself out and adjust your measurements! Just try to keep everything equidistant for a uniform look in the end when you hang it.
When you are gluing you want to glue the acorns below the cap on the back so they hang nicely.
Diy Fall Decor: Decorating with Felt Acorns
Now that the felt acorns projects are all made let me show you some ideas for how you can decorate with them for Fall.
Fall Bowl Fillers
One simple way to use the DIY felt acorns is to simply place them on a table or shelf as a bowl filler. A pretty Fall dish, basket, or urn is a simple Fall decorating idea.
If you want to do something like the small urn pictured here you can fill the bottom with paper and make it look fuller. This is perfect for adding to a Fall display on an entryway table.
Felt Acorn Ornaments
For Fall, a simple look is to hang a few of the felt acorn ornaments off of the handle of a cabinet or hutch. Remember, when you pack away your Fall stuff leave the acorns out and you can add them to your Christmas tree too if you decorate in a neutral style. On my tree, I have lots of handmade ornaments and these will fit in perfectly this year.
Felt Acorn & Mini Pinecone Garland
Of course, this would be perfect across a fireplace mantle! If you don’t have a mantle to decorate then another way to use this is to hang the acorn garland across a cabinet. Like this china hutch in my dining area, it adds the perfect Fall touch to it!
Another fun way to use this DIY Fall decor is to drape it across the tops of artwork or even around a mirror in your entryway.
After I put together this area with my latest thrift store finds for Fall I thought that the felt garland would look perfect above the thrift store prints that I hung up over this console cabinet.
It worked perfectly with the rustic, natural vibe that I was curating here for Fall.
Making your own DIY fall decor can be a fun and rewarding experience, especially when you use natural materials and craft something adorable like these felt acorns. With just a few simple steps, you can create beautiful and unique ornaments and garlands that will add a cozy touch to your home during the autumn season. Whether you choose to hang them on your tree, drape them across your mantel, or scatter them throughout your home, these handmade decorations will bring a touch of warmth and charm to your space.
So why not try your hand at creating some DIY fall decor this year? You might be surprised at how easy and enjoyable it can be!
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Cozy Fall Finds
- Collect acorn caps if you have oak trees. If not, buy a bag of fake acorns w/ real caps (Hobby Lobby) and remove the acorn part by squishing the foam acorn and pulling off the cap.
- Add hot glue to either the top of one of the felt pom poms or to the inside rim of the acorn cap
- Press on the acorn cap and hold until the glue sets.
- To make a garland cut a piece of jute twine 6 feet long. Alternate gluing felt acorns and mini pinecones every 10 cm. across the piece of jute.
- To make ornaments, cut a piece of jute string 6 inches long. Fold in half and add a tiny drop of hot glue, use a toothpick to glue the hanging string to the top of a felt acorn just behind the stem.
Always protect your fingers when working with hot glue, I recommend using fingertip protectors to prevent burning.