For me, one of the best parts in the run-up to Christmas is the crafting. Most of the ornaments on my Christmas tree are handmade and every year I like to add new ones. I’ve already made map Christmas ornaments this year. These mini Christmas wreaths are my latest additions.
Every morning I walk through the park at the bottom of my street on the way to the gym. I walk past a lovely oak tree and in the Autumn I like to pick up the acorn caps to craft with.
There are never any acorns as the squirrels get to them first. There are a lot of squirrels in the park!
In the past, I have used the acorn caps to make a large colourful wreath from my front door. This time I thought I would make mini Christmas wreaths with the acorn caps to hang with my decorations indoors.
As I only had the acorn caps I used felt to replace the missing acorns and to add a bit of colour to the mini Christmas wreaths.
This is a very quick and simple craft that will add a nice splash of colour to your festive tree decorations.
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What You Need
- Acorn caps – Just take a walk in your local park and find an oak tree. If you look at the ground around the tree you should find lots of acorn caps. I used about 9 acorn caps for each mini Christmas wreath. You can also buy them on eBay!
- Coloured felt balls – the size depends on the size of the acorn caps from your local acorn tree. My acorn caps were quite small so I used felt balls 15mm in size.
- Gorilla Super Glue with a brush applicator
- Jamjar lid approximately 8cm in diameter. This will be the size of the mini Christmas wreaths.
- Coloured velvet ribbon to match felt acorn wreaths.
How to Make The Mini Christmas Wreaths
This really is a simple craft. It only takes about 10 minutes to make each mini felt acorn Christmas wreath.1. First, make the felt acorns. Using the brush aplicator that comes with the super glue. Brush the inside of the acorn cap with the super glue. Then gently press a coloured felt ball into the cap. Hold for a few seconds until the superglue sets.
2. Next, carry on making felt acorns until you have enough for the mini wreaths (approximately 9). I like to make felt acorns in shades of the same colour for each of the mini Christmas wreath ornaments.
3. Then, using the jamjar lid as a mold glue the acorns top to tail into a ring. I used the same Gorilla superglue with the brush applicator for this stage.
4. Next, once the glue is dried add the velvet ribbon. I used a little glue to attach the ribbon to the back of the mini Christmas wreaths. I also made a tiny velvet ribbon bow for each wreath, which I glued to the front.
Making these mini Christmas wreaths so much fun, I made three of them. I can’t wait to hang them on my tree or the mantle, I haven’t decided where yet.
Even though I spend most of November Christmas crafting, I don’t actually put my Christmas decorations up until December. They normally go up the first weekend in December.
I put on some Christmas music, get out the sloe gin and spend the day leisurely arranging my Christmas decorations. I love getting all the old handmade Christmas ornaments out of the box from Christmas’s past.
- Acorn Caps
- Coloured Felt Balls
- Gorilla Super Glue with Brush Applicator
- Jam Jar Lid
- Velvet ribbon
- Brush the inside of the acorn cap with superglue
- Stick a coloured felt ball into the cap and hold in place until it dries
- Glue the acorns together in a ring using the lid as a mold
- Add velvet ribbon bow and hang from the ribbon
Not only do I make felted acorns but I have also painted acorn nuts to make a lovely acorn Christmas garland.
If you liked these handmade mini Christmas wreath ornaments you should check out these other handmade ornaments.
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