These felt acorn ornaments make the cutest woodland Christmas ornaments! They are simple and adorable and your kids will love making them too.
On my daughter’s 5th birthday, she asked for a woodland fairy themed party. We held it in the forest and all her friends came wearing fairy wings and flower crowns. We made the cutest little felt acorns to give out as party favors. Those felt acorns turned out so adorable, my daughter and I decided to take this idea one step further and turn them into the cutest woodland themed Christmas ornaments this year.
What you need to make felt acorn ornaments
- Acorn caps – You will need several in tact and dry acorn caps for this project. We happened to gather several this fall, but if you didn’t collect any this year, have no fear! You can buy them on Etsy.com or Amazon.com or even Ebay!
- Wool felt balls – You will need good quality craft balls for this project. I used 1-inch handmade wool felt balls made by Hu Hands for mine. You can find them here on Amazon. I chose neutral Christmas colors in tan, white, red and turquoise, but they make many different colors and sizes that would work.
- String or twine – I used 1mm thick hemp cord to string through the caps to make these ornaments. You could use thick thread, thin string, or other kinds of twine too. There will be many options available at your local craft store.
- Hot glue gun – Hot glue is best to get the caps to adhere to the wool balls, so you will need a hot glue gun and glue sticks for this project.
- Hammer and small nail – You will need to make two tiny holes in the acorn cap to pass the string through to complete your ornaments. I used a hammer and a small nail to create mine, but a drill would work as well.
How to make felt acorn ornaments
- Collect acorn caps – Raise your hand if you think acorns are just the most adorable nut ever! They are so darn cute that my kids and I can’t seem to walk past one without snatching it up. We tend to find ourselves collecting acorn caps every fall, even if we don’t have a specific project in mind. We found a big beautiful oak tree a couple months ago and collected a basketful. They sat, untouched, until we made these ornaments. If you didn’t happen to collect any acorn caps this fall, you can find them online pretty easy. You will want to find clean caps with no breaks for major cracks in them.
- Create holes – Now, you need to create two tiny holes that you use to attach string to your ornament with. Using a hammer and a small nail, gently hammer until you’ve created two identical tiny holes at the very top of your acorn cap. If your cap breaks during this process, have no fear, you can glue the two halves back together!
- String – Cut a 6 to 10 inch piece of 1mm natural twine or hemp cord. Pass each end through both holes at the top of the acorn cap. Leave a large loop on the top and tie a slipknot on the inside of the acorn cap. I cut off the excess string.
- Glue – Using a hot glue gun, squeeze a large glob of glue on the bottom side of the acorn cap and press a wool felt craft ball into the hot glue. Press the acorn cap and the wool ball together until the glue is dry and they are attached.
- Hang up – After the glue dries, you are all done and you can use your ornaments however you please!
Why we love them
- They are too cute! Again, acorns are the cutest of all the nuts! Anything adorned with an acorn cap will make you smile, amiright?!
- It’s a simple craft. This craft requires just a few supplies and it’s one that kids can do a lot of. I handled the hammering and hot gluing, but otherwise, my daughter did the rest. She collected acorn caps, she measured and cut the string, helped me tie the string to the caps, and of course took over the fun task of decorating the Christmas tree with the ornaments!
- They get your kids connected to nature. In the colder months of the year it can be a challenge getting your kids outside each day. This craft got my kids outside happily collecting acorn caps, but it also helped them feel connected to the outdoors after we were done, while we decorated the Christmas tree or just admired the ornaments inside.
- They make sweet Christmas gifts. We kept many for our own tree, but these also make really nice gifts for your children to give out. My kids gave them to their grandparents and their teachers. So far, everyone we’ve gifted them to seem to love them as much as we do!
- Acorn caps
- Wool felt balls
- 1 mm thick string or twine
- Hot glue gun
- Hammer and small nail
1. Collect acorn caps by going out for a walk in nature or at a local city park. Find an oak tree and look at the ground underneath until you find acorn caps. Look for clean caps with no breaks for major cracks in them. If you can't find them in nature, you can find them online on Etsy or Amazon.
2. Create two small holes using a hammer and a small nail. Gently hammer the nail into the cap until you've created two identical tiny holes at the very top of your acorn cap. If your cap breaks during this process, have no fear, you can glue the two halves back together!
3. Cut a 6 to 10 inch piece of 1mm natural twine or hemp cord. Pass each end through both holes at the top of the acorn cap. Leave a large loop on the top and tie a slipknot on the inside of the acorn cap. I cut off the excess string.
4. Using a hot glue gun, squeeze a large glob of glue on the bottom side of the acorn cap and press a wool felt craft ball into the hot glue. Press the acorn cap and the wool ball together until the glue is dry and they are attached.
5. After the glue dries, you are all done and you can use your ornaments however you please!