Last year I went hunting for acorns. I walked for what seemed like miles through the woods that rimmed the cornfield, eyes to the ground, carefully searching for those little nuts with cute hats. After expending all that effort in the hunt, I walked home with a small handful. That’s all!
This year I had success and found all the acorns I ever wanted!
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You know how you hear that there will be a bad winter when there are lots of acorns?
Last winter was the worst I’ve known, and there were hardly any acorns in my neck of the woods.
With all the acorns this year, I did a lot of deep knee bends and came home with bags full.
Of course, I had no idea what I was going to do with my pretties….Hmmm…what shall I make?
Here’s an idea!!
Acorn Photo Frame Tutorial
- Clean, baked and dried acorns and acorn caps.
- Inexpensive photo frame (mine was $1.46 at Wal-Mart)
- Low temp glue gun and glue
- Optional: Black Spray Paint & Clear Coat Spray
- Since my photo frame was bright gold, I chose to spray paint it black so the gold wouldn’t show behind the acorns. (Because my frame was so inexpensive I couldn’t remove the glass and had to shield it with paper for spraying.)
- In sections, lay out your acorn caps and acorns on your frame in a pleasing manner.
- I started with the top. Once I liked the layout, I glued the acorns/caps in place.
- Next I did the same for the bottom of the frame.
- And finally, fill in the sides with caps and acorns.
- Originally I had planned to use just the acorn caps, but as I arranged the caps, I discovered that the addition of a few whole acorns really made for an attractive arrangement. As I was collecting them, I found a few with the caps still attached to the stems. Those were added to the frame as well…though it’s difficult to see in the completed project.
- When the acorn photo frame was completed, I didn’t have any fall photos that I wanted to frame, so I added a book page (surprise!) to the frame and a small oak leaf. It’s simple and sweet and says, “Fall” so nicely. In fact, it could be left up all year long.
I brought it with me when I went to visit my friend. She was thrilled to receive it and will use it to decorate the room where her grandsons sleep when they often visit. I love the sweet simplicity of the black and white decor in the bedroom and my DIY acorn photo frame is the perfect addition.
Another acorn project is in the works, too. Be watching for it!
I’ve really enjoyed creating home decor with the oaks’ bounties. Though I must say, one tree provides more than enough material for endless creativity. Just think of all the great Christmas gifts you can make? Who wouldn’t love to receive your DIY acorn photo frame complete with a fall family photo?
How have you used acorns or other parts of the oak tree in creating home decor?
For tips on preparing acorns for decorating and crafting click here.
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