This time of year we have about a million acorns in our backyard, and the other day I got to thinking… why not turn lemons into lemonade and use them to decorate our home for fall? So I collected a few handfuls of acorns and turned them into a pretty garland perfect for our Thanksgiving get-together.
Here’s what you’ll need for your Thanksgiving garland:
- About 15 acorns
- 15 faceted acrylic gem stones (I used these)
- 7 feet of suede cord
- Hot glue gun with extra glue
- Gold Liquid Leaf paint
- A flat bristle paint brush
Step by step tutorial to craft a garland for this fall:
Step 1: painting process
Begin by painting the bottom of each acorn with gold Liquid Leaf paint. Carefully lay each acorn down on a paper towel.
Step 2: drying
Let them dry for about a half an hour, or until they feel dry to the touch. Don’t they look pretty?!
Step 3: prepare the suede cord
Cut your suede cord to 7 feet in length (or any length you need, just increase the number of acorns for a longer garland). Put a dollop of hot glue on the top of an acorn and attach it to the cord.
Step 4: glue all
Acorns that have little stems work the best, but the glue will adhere to the top of an acorn without a stem as well. They are so light that the glue will hold them on securely.
Step 5: acrylic gem
Put another small dab of glue on the top of the acorn and cover the point where the cord and acorn connect using an acrylic gem. This will hide that area, as well as add some fun sparkle. Repeat this process until you’ve used up all of your acorns, spacing them out so there are about 6 inches in between. And make sure that all of the gems are positioned outward, so they’re facing the right direction when you hang up the garland.
Step 6: Hang
And that’s all! Now go hang up your garland. I just used scotch tape to attach it to the mantel, and that worked fine.
As always, don’t forget to consider other colors as well… this would look great in silver as well. Or you might even try a brighter color like orange or red!
This is an easy way to give your home an extra festive feel during the fall and all the way through to Thanksgiving. Pair it with a variety of small gourds for some color, or with metallic painted pumpkins. Happy crafting everyone!