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Project

Felted Acorn Pendant and Pin

This adorable acorn pendant and pin is a wonderful handmade holiday gift that's simple to make and fun to wear.

Materials

  • Wool fiber
  • High-density foam, 2 inches thick
  • Felting needles
  • Acorn cap
  • Dremel fitted with a small drill bit
  • Cord
  • Hot-glue gun or fabri-tac glue
  • Acorn leaf template
  • Felt
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pin back

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Select wool fiber in desired color, and pull off an amount about the size of a golf ball. Wrap or wind the fibers around themselves to create a denser ball. Place ball on work surface (a 2-inch-thick piece of high-density foam).

  2. Step 2

    Using felting needle, or two that are taped together, start poking and stabbing the ball of fiber. This causes the natural scales on the wool fibers to rise away from the fiber shaft, so the scales then grab hold of each other bringing the fibers in on themselves. The ball will get denser and denser as you work; be mindful of your fingers, and don't look away while working.

  3. Step 3

    Continue needle felting until the ball becomes firm and small. It will reduce in size a great deal. Ball can also be shaped while working with the needle, to actually create a more acorn, or oval, shape.

  4. Step 4

    Select desired acorn cap size. With a dremel fitted with a small drill bit, drill two small holes in the top of the cap. String a length of cord through the holes. With hot glue gun or fabri-tac glue, attach nut to the top.

  5. Step 5

    Download and print acorn leaf template. Trace and cut out leaf shape from felt.

  6. Step 6

    Using a hot-glue gun, glue felted acorns, made using the process outlined above, onto leaf. Glue a pin back to the felt.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2007

Reviews (10)

  • BevVA1 15 Sep, 2008

    I rushed out right after Martha's show on September 10 to get the hanging acorn boxes Martha made. The website indicates they are available at Martha Stewart Crafts, however, they are nowhere to be found. I also checked AC Moore, Michaels and KMart. They have never carried them. Where are they available????

  • SFBayGardenGirl 11 Sep, 2008

    I'm sorry, but really, an acorn necklace? When evaluating these crafts, I always consider how much time and money it will take to make one v. the use/beauty of the project. It seemed like a lot of work to me for something that people aren't going to wear that often. The acorn gift box/ornament was cuter, though.

  • joshuapaulangell 10 Sep, 2008

    I love this idea! I saw it on TV today. I am going to make some as Christmas gifts this year!

  • JohnR101 3 Dec, 2007

    The dremel tool Martha used for this project is the new Dremel Stylus. I just bought one and I LOVE it! I picked it up at Lowe's. I've also seen it at Home Depot, Target

  • AbbyMarie 30 Nov, 2007

    a picture would be a great help. Also I'm wondering which model drill from dremel, it looked like the perfect size for crafting.

  • Meadowvistian 30 Nov, 2007

    I was not able to see the craft portion of the show so I missed the Acorn pin demonstration. Is there anyway to see a photo or a video would be great.

  • indianagirl 29 Nov, 2007

    I totally agree with the picture idea. Every project and recipe should have a picture to help us. Looked good on TV.

  • Rochelle46 29 Nov, 2007

    I watched this on TV today, but the website really needs to post a photo of the project.

  • lrohland 29 Nov, 2007

    We really do need pictures of the finished craft item. thankyou.

  • CanadianMegan 29 Nov, 2007

    this really needs a picture to accompany the instructions!