Not too long ago, I hosted a craft day at my house. To celebrate fall, I made needle-felted acorns that day. I've made some more since then, too. They're really fun and fast to make!
Just before the craft day when I was out on a walk with my guy, we collected a bunch of acorn caps.
I used some brown roving that I got at the Minnesota State Fair, from the alpaca booth.
And for those of you who haven't needle-felted before, I just took some of the roving and jabbed it over and over with a very sharp felting needle as I formed it into an acorn shape [highly satisfying to stab something repeatedly with a sharp needle - good for stress relief. ;)]
I had initially planned on putting a little glue inside the acorn cap to help hold the wool roving in, but actually it stays in really well without it.
My inspiration for the needle-felted acorns came from these lovely handmade velvet acorns that I got at a local gift store.
Here's one of them displayed in my vintage squirrel nutcracker:
It was my guy's idea to put an acorn there, and I think it looks pretty darn cute. (Oh, and the nutcracker was purchased a few years ago from The Sunday Times Market on Etsy).
In addition to the sweet acorns, I got some pumpkins made by the same woman. One for my mom:
And a few for our own fall decorations:
Monya, who makes the pumpkins, is from Minnesota. But if you don't live here, don't worry! Check her website to see where else you can get her pumpkins.