Morning exercise brought rewards. My early bicycle ride under oak trees gave me a bounty of fallen acorns. I scooped up about a gallon coffee can worth. Sorted, washed, baked ’em dry. Seriously – bake them because otherwise they can mold or hatch bugs. Don’t ask me about the forgotten ziploc of acorns I found in later jacket pocket (ewww).
Knocked caps off. Sorted out the twins (lower left) and the curious itty-bittys ~ which I’ll save for embellishing other items.
I polished the larger (more easily grasped) acorn caps with my Dremel tool. Had a notion it might tidy up the caps and WOW did it ever. See how much more detail shows with the grungy dirt gone? I hope to keep these pretty felted acorns for many years, so it’s worth a few-minutes-effort-per-cap to pretty them up.
Three down, and a few dozen more in progress. I’m eager to put a thin cord on the remainder and use them for Christmas ornaments. Take a few minutes to browse online images of felted acorns – there are so many pretty variations. THIS is the time of year to get outside and gather them up for your own crafty ideas. Happy felting!