Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Project: Acorn wreath ...

Since we have an abundance of acorns this year, my daughter Kathryn and I created our first acorn wreath for the holidays.

It's a simple project that requires only a straw wreath, acorns, glue, the paint color of your choice and some ribbon.

Gather and Bake. Begin by gathering acorns. Bring inside and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake them in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will insure that any little burrowed creatures are baked to oblivion.

Glue. Heat up a hot glue gun. Using an inexpensive straw wreath (about $1.99) as the foundation, begin to glue the acorns to the wreath. Snugly fit the acorns in a pattern with the pointed end always headed in the same direction. Don't bother to glue acorns on the back, since no one will see it and this will allow the wreath to lie flat against the door.

Paint. The decision here is 'to paint, or not to paint.' The wreath can be left natural (as Kathryn is showing above right) or spray-painted, as we ultimately did. Our wreath received a few spray coats of a champagne-colored metallic (as shown below) to complement our terra cotta colored door.

But, I have seen really cute samples in a variety of colors, like these below from Dana Made It.


Ribbon. Select a ribbon to complement the wreath's color scheme. Add a bow if you like and drape over a door.

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