Forage from the mighty oak tree to create this hanging homage to the fae folk and powerful deities
Behold one of Mother Nature’s grandest creations – the oak tree. Vast and triumphant, the oak tree has long been revered across many cultures as a symbol of strength. The Romans and Greeks associated oak trees with their most powerful deities such as Apollo and Zeus. Falling from the branches of this tree are the small yet hardy acorns, the seeds from which trees rise from. Acorns are loved by fairy fans, who often believe that the tiny folk would wear the tops of these seeds as hats. Create an ode to the oak tree with these hanging decorations crafted from felt and acorn cups – adorn them from trees in your garden or near your windows to entice the fae folk into your home.
DID YOU KNOW?
Placing acorns on an altar during rituals and spellcasting can help you connect to a deeper ancient wisdom
• Acorn cups • Metallic wax • Coloured felt • Fibre filling • 4mm crystals • Embroidery thread • Fabric glue
1 Clean the acorn cups with a soft, dry paintbrush to remove excess dust. Gild with a little metallic wax applied with a fingertip to highlight the texture. Cut a circle of felt about three times wider than the cup. Sew a small crystal to the centre of the circle.
2 Gather up the edge of the felt with running stitch, pull into a pouch shape so the crystal is on the outside and stuff lightly with fibre fill. Tighten the gathers completely, secure and shape into an acorn. Glue the acorn into the cup and leave to dry.
3 Cut oak leaf shapes from shades of green and blue felt. Use two strands of a contrasting embroidery thread to sew running stitch around the edge and down the centre of each leaf. Keep the stitches quite taut to wrinkle the leaf a little.
4 Stitch one or two leaves around the stem of each acorn cup so they sit behind the acorn. Use excess thread to make a loop for hanging.
These acorn garlands were made especially for Soul & Spirit by our in-house craft designer, Corinne Bradd.