Nature’s (Christmas) Gift

Well this project is almost a complete 180 from my last. Fabulous glitter to acorns (accented with gold glitter, of course- but still).

This project is inpired by one of the many ideas I’ve seen online in various places. Pinterest, Martha Stewart, HGTV, various other blogs… I’ve seen them all!

Incorporting my own twist on things, I present this new, rustic ornament. I must admit, I contemplated the glitter for a while- after all, I didn’t want to ruin the natural affect. In the end, I’m glad I added. The ornament will glitter magnificently on the tree (which I’m counting down the day to put up!).

This was one of those things that I’d started making but slipped from my mind for a good month. I’d already prepped the styrofoam ball and gathered the acorns from my front yard but hadn’t really assembled it. AKA, it was perfect for a creative Saturday afternoon.

To make, you’ll need a small styrofoam ball, brown paint, acorns, gold glitter, glue, hot glue gun, and a thin ribbon.

Start by painting the styrofoam ball brown. While you’re letting it dry, lightly dip the edges of the acorns in glue and then in gold glitter.

Once both have finished drying, plug in your hot glue gun. Wait a few minutes until it has heated up then begin placing the acorns on ball.

This part was a little tricky for me. I found it was best to do 2 things:

1. Begin placing acorns in one place then filling them around in a pattern. This helps to limit the amount of awkward space that can’t be filled because it’s too small for an acorn.

2. Have various sizes of undecorated acorns to use to create holes for the little stems. Before putting a decorated one on, find one that’s a similar size and use the non-pretty one to place where you want and figure out where to put the hole. Then fill the hole with hot glue. This cuts down on the pressure you have to exert on the actual acorn and thus the amount of glitter you accidentally take off.

Once you’re finished covering the entire ball with acorns, fill an empty space between the acorns with hot glue and add a pretty ribbon so you can hang it on the tree.

Have fun making yet another gift for the season- for loved ones or yourself!

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