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Today is a pretty exciting day! I am participating along with eight other lovely bloggers in a fall project extravaganza sponsored by Coupons.com. I have a great fall craft to share with you and Coupons.com is also giving one lucky reader a $200 gift card to either the Home Depot or Amazon (you can read the rules and enter the giveaway at the end of this post)! That money would definitely help with your next fall project. :)
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Now onto my latest fall craft and it also includes more pom-poms (sort of). Someone is going to have to stop me soon or I'll be putting pom-poms on the dog next! I made this cute felted acorn garland:
The garland is made from acorn tops that I picked from our neighbour's yard and felted wool balls. I chose to go pretty neutral with the off-white wool. For some reason when fall comes around, I crave a more neutral pallet. Maybe it's so that the beautiful fall colours can take precedence.
I really love how this garland turned out and I even loved felting my own wool balls (you can read the how to below). I am planning to use it as a decoration for a special party that is coming up soon. In the meantime, it has hung on our mantel and is now hanging on our bedroom mirror. I like how the felted acorns look with the wood frame. Co-pilot snuck into the room and the picture too. Don't mind the diaper and the unbuttoned onesie. :)
Here's how I made my garland:
Felted Acorn Garland:
You will need the following:
I ordered my supplies from Amazon: wool roving, felting needle mat and felting needle. The twine I used was hemp and available at the craft store.
Make your felted wool balls:
**you can also felt your own balls without any special tools. Jenny has a great tutorial on this.**
1. Cut pieces of wool roving to make your balls. Wool roving comes in a long hank. I divided mine in two lengthwise and then cut pieces that were about 2.5" long. (my garland has 20 acorns = 20 pieces of wool).
2. Loosely roll your wool roving piece into a ball.
3. Carefully hold the ball over the felting mat and start to poke the ball several times up and down with the felting needle. Keep turning your ball around and repeating the needle felting until your ball is round and starts to feel firm. **You'll want to be super careful with the felting needle as it's very sharp!
4. Fill a bowl with water as hot as you can tolerate and a drop or two of soap. Place your ball in the soapy water and you will start to feel the fibers contract/felt.
5. Take the ball out of the water and roll it around in between the palms of your hands. Repeat steps four and five until the ball is quite firm. I generally only had to do this a couple of times for a short duration.
Once your ball is felted to your liking, rinse it under cold running water. Try not to squeeze the water out of the ball too much. Place the rinsed balls on a wire rack or other drying rack to dry (it will take about 24 hours to fully dry depending on the humidity).
Assemble the Garland:
6. Drill two holes near the stem of each acorn top. **in the photo I am holding the drill up after I made my hole so that you can see where I drilled. I don't recommend that you actually drill while holding the acorn this way. :) Please use follow manufacturers instructions and safety precautions when using power tools. **
7. The holes should look like picture 7.
8. Weave your twine through your pre-drilled holes. Once you have all your acorn tops spaced out and on your twine, use glue to secure your wool balls to the tops (I used hot glue).
That's my fall craft. I hope you like it as much as I do and will stay tuned over the next few weeks to see the party where I plan to use it!
Don't forget to check out all the other great fall projects from these fabulous bloggers and enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
Kenz - Interiors By Kenz
Anilu - No Shrinking Violet
Fern - Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Stephanie - Sandpaper & Glue
Emma - Broke Ass Home
Gretchen - Boxy Colonial
Anu - Nalle's House
Ainhoa - A Little Bite of Everything
Kim - Newly Woodwards
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