Sep 23, 2022
Adorable Acorn Sheep Fairy Garden Decoration

This precious little acorn sheep fairy garden decoration is perfect for anyone who loves spending time building a fairy garden, or for anyone who wants to add some magic to their home. It’s also a great project for kids! You can make this adorable sheep using just a few nuts and some glue It’s so easy and fun, you won’t believe it. Plus, when you’re finished crafting your sheep, you can put her in your garden and watch her come to life. She’ll bring joy to everyone who sees her.

acorn sheep on moss outside

Acorn Sheep Fairy Garden Decoration

Fairy gardens are all the rage these days, and why wouldn’t they be? They’re whimsical, delightful, and make everyone believe in magic. But what’s a fairy garden without any inhabitants? You can’t just leave it empty! That’s where our acorn sheep come in to play.

This crafty little project is perfect for anyone who wants to add a touch of charm to their fairy garden. Using only acorns, hazelnuts, some hot glue, and a bit of imagination, you can create the most adorable sheep imaginable. This project is great for both adults and kids alike, so anyone can enjoy the fun. Plus, it’s a great way to upcycle those acorns you’ve been collecting on your nature walks.

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If you want to add more simple critters to your fairy garden, you might also like this cute walnut shell mouse or this adorable acorn mouse. Other ideas include a pinecone bear or a pinecone owl to add to the mix.

fairy garden sheep on clover

Can I Make These With Other Nuts?

Yes, you can! If you don’t have acorns on hand, or if you want to try something different, feel free to use other nuts like walnuts, pecans, chestnuts, or even peanuts. Pistachios would also work but would make a much smaller sheep. The acorn is perfect for the head because the cap looks a bit like the curly hair on a sheep. Just make sure that the nuts you use are big enough so that they don’t get lost in the glue.

acorn sheep in hands

What Glue Is Best For Working With Natural Items Like This?

We recommend using a hot glue gun for this project. Hot glue works best with natural materials like acorns, and it’s also very easy to use. Just be careful not to burn yourself or to use a cold glue gun that has a similar product but is safer for working with children.

You can also use glue like E6000 or Gorilla Glue. Super glue could work, but isn’t safe for use with children and may result in more glued fingers than glued craft supplies.

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You need strong glue so something like crafting glue or white school glue will not work. It is not strong enough to hold the natural pieces together. If you won’t be putting this outside in a fairy garden, kids could make it with regular school glue. Exposure to the elements or using it regularly in play time will result in it coming apart when using basic glue.

fake leaves underneath acorn sheep

What All Can I Use These For?

These little fairy garden sheep are so precious that they can be added to tons of different projects. While it will be perfect in your fairy gardens, it doesn’t need to stay in the garden alone. There are so many other ways to use it.

  • Let kids add it to their pretend or imagination playtime.
  • Put into a fall or winter centerpiece or decoration.
  • Add a bit of twine and hang it from a holiday tree.
  • Display as part of a winter holiday village or even a holiday nativity scene set.
  • Use as decor for a baby shower or little one’s birthday party.
  • Display on a bookshelf of kids’ books.
  • Use as a paperweight on your desk.
match stick legs on acorn sheep on table with fake leaves

How Can I Make My Acorn Sheep Different?

There are so many ways to make your acorn sheep unique. Use your imagination or check out some of the suggestions below to get you started on making your acorn sheep truly unique.

  • Find different shades of acorns and chestnuts to give it a unique color or look.
  • Paint them or use paint pens to add dots or stripes to the nuts.
  • Add more natural elements like twigs for legs, leaves as ears, or similar items.
  • Cover with cotton batting or cotton balls for “wool”.
  • Draw on the eyes/mouth instead of using googly eyes.
  • Make a set of sheep in various sizes and display them in a small wooden “pen” made of craft sticks.

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No matter how you choose to make your Acorn Sheep, one thing is for sure – she’s sure to bring a smile to everyone who sees her. So have fun and get creative!

acorn sheep on moss

Supplies Needed

acorns scissors and felt on white table

How to Make a Fairy Garden Sheep Out of Nuts

Before you assemble your sheep, start by trimming any stems or sharp pieces off of the hazelnut. The acorn cap can be pointy, but I like to remove the rest of the points.

Now, cut a match in half and keep the striking end, but discard the rest. Now, use this as a template to cut 3 more matches so you have 4 shorter matches with the striking end intact.

blue scissors being used to cut matches

Now, turn the hazelnut so the pointed end faces downward and the flat end is facing upward. Glue the match sticks, with the striking end down, around the bottom so there are two “legs” on each side of your hazelnut sheep body.

matches being glued onto bottom of hazelnut

Now, make sure that the acorn is glued into the cap and secure.

Then, glue the googly eyes onto the acorn, just below its cap.

finger holding google eyes onto acorn

On a piece of foam paper, cut out two small ovals to make the sheep ears.

two small brown felt ears

Now, glue or stick these ears on either side of the acorn so they are on the sides and hanging down from the cap.

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Then, glue the acorn onto the top of the hazelnut to create the sheep’s head and body.

gluing head to body of sheep

If you want to add more decorations, do so now!

clover beneath mini acorn sheep

More Easy Fairy Garden Decorations

Nothing is more fun than getting outside to create a cute little fairy garden. Whether you buy a lot of supplies or want to make them all yourself, the ideas below are sure to inspire. Make sure that you bookmark these ideas, print out the tutorials, or pin them to Pinterest to make soon!

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acorn sheep on moss outside

Turn some acorns into an absolutely precious sheep fairy garden decoration with just a few items you already have on hand!

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10 minutes

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10 minutes


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Add bits of cotton to the outside to make it look more like a fluffy sheep.

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Finished Project Gallery

match stick legs on acorn sheep

This is an adorable addition to an existing fairy garden.

acorn head on hazelnut and match stick body for sheep

You can even add this to your holiday village or nativity scene!

white table beneath acorn sheep

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