I first saw these sweet tiny folks in a Waldorf classroom. They are super easy to make and provide wonderful play for a crisp Autumn day!
You will need the following supplies: a strong tacky glue, walnuts, acorn caps, 1 inch wooden balls with an 1/2 inch hole (I used what I had on hand but it is nice to pick a wooden ball in relationship to the walnuts you are using), 1 inch wooden discs and scrap pieces of woolen cloth (I used clothing from a thrift store).
Step One: Squeeze a dollop of glue on a wooden disc.
Step Two: Place a walnut on the disc so that it sets securely. This is the plump body!
Step Three: Apply glue to the edge of the wooden ball and set on top of the walnut.
This is the head.
Step Four: Pick out an acorn cap and apply glue to the outer rim of the cap.
Place on top of the wooden ball as the hat.
Step Five: Cut out a small rectangle of cloth.
Hold it up to the walnut figure to estimate size. I like to round the corners.
Step Six: Using a running stitch, gather the cloth.
Step Seven: Tie thread around the neck of the walnut figure. It is simple to make trees by gluing pine cones to a wooden disc. Look for pine cones with a flat bottom.
Here's a little fellow with a cape that is not gathered. Have fun!