Alright, sorry about the post title...I promised my husband I would call it that!
Some of you may remember my obsession with acorn caps this fall...if not you can check here, here, and here...with the abundance of acorn caps came some fun ideas of what to do with them! You have already seen the jingle bell acorn garland and the acorn star ornaments, next up...acorn cap tree! This little tree uses a ton of acorn caps...
In fact, it used up my entire stash of acorn caps and then, of course, I ended up needing more to make more of my garland, so I had to scour my neighbors yard!
To make the tree I simply bought a brown cardboard cone from a craft store and then used hot glue to glue the caps on. I started with vertical lines up and down and then began to fill in where I could. I think I was a little too liberal with the glue at times, oops! Aside from the little bits of glue shininess I really liked the tree as just acorn caps and had it on display as part of our fall decorations.
For Christmas, though, I wanted it to have a little bit of color. I originally thought about adding some of the acorn capped felted balls to the tree, but that seemed like it was a bit too much. Instead, I decided to make some smaller wool felted balls to add on as "ornaments". Making the balls was simple, although a bit time consuming. I even enlisted the help of Violet, Brad and Henry for some of them.
I used wool roving in a variety of colors. To make the felted balls I simply placed the wool roving into a bowl of warm, soapy water and pulled small amounts of the roving off at a time and rolled it together in my hand until the wool began to form a tight felted ball.
Simple, natural holiday decorations. i really do like the pop of color the felted balls add, but I also liked it before the felted balls...so, maybe next year I'll have to make another one to use as an autumn decoration.
And, oh, maybe it hasn't phased you, but yes...while I have been writing this I can't seem to get the Saturday Night Livei "Schweddy Balls" skit out of my head!!! Sorry!
Be sure to check back here in the coming days...I plan to share many more holiday decoration ideas, many of which are perfect for little hands to help with...and fun to give as handmade gifts!
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