Monday, November 19, 2012

Au Naturale: acorns in the snow

A friend of mine recently mentioned all the deer and wildlife she’s been seeing while hiking the trails near her home. But what really caught my attention was the mention of all the acorns the wildlife are munching on.

There aren’t in acorns in my neighborhood so I asked her to pick me up a few acorns on her next hike. I guess I could have offered to go hiking with her… maybe next time.

Being such a good friend she brought me loads of acorns. This is just a sampling of them and I couldn’t wait to use them for d├ęcor. Before using your acorns, you want to make sure they’re free of creepy crawlies. Little critters burrow into the acorns and you don’t want them making an appearance during your Thanksgiving meal. To debug them, you can bake them in the oven at 250 degrees for one hour. {Use caution and keep an eye on them}.

There are hundreds of oak tree species. I tried to identify the different acorns and I believe these long bullet shaped acorns are from the California Live Oak. And from my extensive research {quick Google search} the typical acorns we see a lot in crafting that are shorter and rounder come from the Red Oak.

The acorns my friend brought me were all different shapes and colors. Most of them had lost their caps and I tried to match up their hats as best as possible and glued them back on.

Some were very large and some were tiny. How cute is that baby acorn in his oversized hat.

Just for fun, I painted some of the acorns using gold, silver and other pearl and metallic paints.

To give them a frosty look like they had just fallen into snow, I used Mod Podge Sparkle which creates a sparkly effect and Epsom Salts. Brrrrrrr.

I can’t wait to make more goodies with my acorns. For now, I’m enjoying these little acorns in the snow. 

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  1. Love the way you decorated your acorns. I like the elongated ones the best! It's really the simple things in life that's so inspiring. At my old house we had a very large tree that produced tons of acorns, but the squirrels had such a field day with them usually there was nothing left except for the little caps. Now I wish I had a tree with acorns near me. Go figure!

  2. Oh, they are so pretty! I have never seen so many varieties of acorns! You have a great friend!

  3. So lovely! You did it again Carolyn, thank for the idea!

  4. These are so awesome!! They look so pretty. What a clever idea. I have a yard full of acorns, now I know what to do with them. :)

  5. These are so beautiful!

  6. This looks really great! I love that glitter effect. The acorns are just darling!

  7. They are just beautiful! And I've never seen such an assortment of acorns before. They are lovely!

  8. Carolyn, I've always been charmed by acorns, and I love the way that you gave them an extra touch of whimsy and magic with the Mod Podge and epsom salts. So beautiful and enchanting!

    Wishing you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving holiday!


  9. What a gorgeous idea! I didn't realize that they were "real" until I read your post. I have never seen such long and think acorns...we have little chubby ones here.

  10. love the natural look of your ornaments. nature makes things far better than we can manufacture.

  11. Those look so pretty! I've never seen such long acorns before!

  12. Love love these Carolyn! Nature inspired projects are just so cozy! Thank you for sharing these at our Uncommonly Yours link party! Featured these tonight! ;)


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