You’ve heard the saying “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow,” right? Today we have some mighty pretty fall crafts that grew from an acorn theme. We share acorn door decorations, wreaths, topiaries, and even a pair of sweet, glittered acorns.
First up, Diane Flowers designed this beautifully natural, season-spanning Wrap It Up Acorn Door Swag for your front door, or really, anywhere in the house. Plain brown craft paper (you could repurpose a brown bag) lends a rustic feel, and the evergreens add seasonal color. Unexpected, super-sized acorns make it playful.
On your next walk in the woods, keep in mind Kathleen George’s Preserved Leaf & Naturals Wreath. Kathleen used purchased leaves for her wreath, but gathered the other adornments from her yard. You can do the same and have the kids help collect various nuts and interesting seed pods to use as embellishments.
Finally, for a more glamorous touch, check out our Glittered Acorn Ornaments. These glittered beauties dress up a Thanksgiving table when added to napkin rings and centerpieces, hung from a light fixture, or tossed in a bowl. Once Thanksgiving is over, display them on your Christmas tree, or tie them to a package.
Now, on to the tutorials . . .
To make a Wrap it Up Acorn Door Swag, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 24” x 12” x 2” sheet; two 3” balls; two 3” eggs
- Brush-on, faux paper medium, light brown
- Acrylic craft paint: camel, dark brown, cinnamon
- Craft paper
- Wired, red metallic ribbon, 1-1/2” wide
- Eucalyptus, two bunches
- Pine spray with pinecones, two
- Cedar sprays, two
- Evergreens with small pinecones, four stems
- Twigs, a dozen or more 8” long
- Reindeer moss, green
- Wrapped wire, brown
- Adhesive tape
- Low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
- Tools needed: Floral shears; scissors; wire cutters; ruler; pencil; floral pins; paint brushes; palette knife; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle
To make a Wrap it Up Acorn Door Swag:
1. Wax knife blade with bar of soap or old candle. To make the acorns, cut a 1” slice from wide end of each egg. Cut in half the foam balls for the acorn caps.
2. Spread paper medium on three acorn nuts and three acorn caps using palette knife. Let dry.
3. Glue together caps and nuts.
4. Paint nut portion camel and acorn cap cinnamon. Lightly brush dark brown on cap, wiping away excess with paper towel. Let dry.
5. Twist a 2” length of wrapped wire into a loop and insert ends into the top of an acorn cap. Repeat for each acorn.
6. Wrap the foam sheet in craft paper to look like a wrapped package. Tie with red ribbon and secure with adhesive tape or floral pins.
7. Twist a 6” length of wrapped wire into a loop to form a hanger. Insert ends into the top, backside of the wrapped package; if necessary, first poke a small hole through the craft paper with scissors. Glue wire hanger in place.
8. Insert pine and cedar sprays vertically into the center of the front side of the package. Secure with low temp glue. Add eucalyptus stems between the sprays.
9. Tie a bow with streamers from a 24” length of ribbon. Use floral pins and hot glue to secure the bow to the center of the package on top of the greenery sprays. Trim the ends of the ribbon streamers.
10. Referring to photo, position acorns down the center of package; thread twigs through the loops in acorn caps. Glue acorns in place.
11. Add reindeer moss to cover any exposed stems or glue.
To make a Preserved Leaf & Naturals Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Brown acrylic craft paint
- Preserved leaves
- Natural objects, such as pinecones, chestnuts, acorns, sweet gum tree pods, almonds
- Low temperature glue gun & glue sticks
- Tools needed: Knippers; paint brush
To make a Preserved Leaf & Natural Wreath:
1. Paint the wreath brown; let dry.
2. Clip branches of preserved leaves into smaller sections. Glue leaves to the wreath.
3. Glue assorted pods, nuts, pinecones, and other found items in a pleasing pattern around the wreath.
4. Make a loop of ribbon or wire as a hanger and pin and glue to back of wreath.
To make Glittered Acorn Ornaments, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: two 2” eggs; one 1-1/2” ball
- Micro glitter in bronze and brownstone
- Wired metallic ribbon, 1/8”
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- White craft glue OR low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
- Tools needed: Serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; box lid or newspaper; wooden skewers
To make Glittered Acorn Ornaments:
1. Wax knife blade with soap or old candle. Cut in half 1-1/2” foam ball; these will be the acorn caps. Cut slice from wide end of each foam egg; these will be the nuts. Glue acorns together.
2. Insert wooden skewer into top of each acorn cap and work over a box lid or newspaper for easier clean up. Brush Mod Podge on acorn cap and sprinkle with brownstone glitter; let dry. Clean up excess glitter and return to original container. Brush Mod Podge on lower half of acorn and sprinkle with bronze glitter. Stand skewer in a glass jar while glue dries. Clean up excess glitter and return to original container.
3. Remove skewer. Insert and glue ribbon into each hole.
Here are a few more crafts inspired by Mother Nature. Each photo links to the step-by-step instructions on StyrofoamCrafts.com.
And finally, we have a winner! Last week’s giveaway included the December issue of Create & Decorate magazine; a wreath ring and two eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam; and a craft apron. Our winner is Lisa Malachinski — congratulations! Please contact me for the details, Lisa.
We’ll be back on Friday with a Thanksgiving craft for kids.