A child-friendly wet felting craft - no needles!
Lovely to make on a weekend afternoon after a autumn walk collecting some materials.
Time: 10 minutes plus drying time
Age: Any Age
Wool - this could be natural sheep's wool collected from fencing (make sure it is washed thoroughly and you may want to comb it with a steel comb before using) or felting wool known as tops or roving: remnants can be bought from online auctions quite reasonably.
Branches suitable for hanging your finished wool acorns
You will also need a bowl of soapy water. Whisk a generous squeeze of washing up liquid into lukewarm water to create lots of suds.
Gently pull off a small amount of wool and shape into the beginnings of a ball.
Dip the wool into the soap suds and rub between your palms to create a ball, keep going until the ball has reduced in size and is firm.
Don't let the ball dry out, you will need to dip it in the suds a few times and roll for 5-10 minutes before it takes shape.
Leave your felt balls to dry.
Select some acorn cups, ideally with a little bit of stalk still attached as this gives you something to tie a length of thread around.
When your balls are dry, find an acorn cup that fits and glue the felt ball into it.
Arrange your branches in a jam jar and hang your felted acorns.