I have one more easy fall decorating idea today, and it’s a fall craft the kids can help with, too. My daughter and I both worked on these Button Acorns, and we love how they turned out. Initially, I was worried that so many brown and beige buttons would look too “blah”, but I think the colors are surprisingly warm and rich, like fall. The Indian corn print on the acorn caps reminds me of the texture of a real acorn cap. Here’s how we made our Button Acorns.
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball and 3-13/16” egg
- Buttons, brown and beige in assorted sizes
- Fabric, ¼ yd. (for the acorn cap)
- Twig, about 3” long
- Pearl head pins (We started out with yellow heads, and decided they were too distracting. I then switched to a crystal head pin. I think black would be a good choice, too)
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; teaspoon
To make a Button Acorn:
1. Slice your ball so that you have two slightly unequal halves, or about 2/5 and 3/5. You’ll use the larger half for the acorn cap.
2. Slice off about 1/5 from the narrow end of the egg.
3. Using the teaspoon, scoop out the middle from the half ball. This will accommodate the extra burlap.
3. Cut a square of fabric to fit around the half ball. Smooth the fabric over the rounded side of the half ball, and pin and glue the fabric to the flat side of the ball, and into the depression you carved out.
4. Pin buttons onto the foam egg. Start by pinning on a layer of larger buttons, mixing the colors and sizes as you go. Pin on additional buttons to cover any gaps, and layer them to add interest, too.
5. Glue the acorn cap onto the egg.
6. Cut a tiny slit into the top of the acorn cap. Insert and glue a twig stem into the acorn cap.
Have you followed along with the other acorn crafts this week?
I found a few more acorn crafts from the past, too. Like this ‘Autumn Welcome’ Yarn Wreath embellished with fabric acorns topped with real acorn caps. Gorgeous!
Here’s another idea for your front door – an Acorn Door Swag. This post has a few more ideas, too, for projects made with nuts.
Do you have a favorite acorn craft from this week?
P.S. It’s the annual Candy Corn Craft Week next week! It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year here on Crafts ‘n Coffee and I hope you’ll join in. And there just may be a giveaway, too . . .