Homemade Ornaments – Glittery Acorns

Glitter acorn ornament in gold.

After several nature walks early this fall Aaron and I had amassed quite a collection of acorns. I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with them so they say for a while.

And as so many things happen these days, I was in Pinterest and saw the cutest decorations made out of them and had to copy them.

Tools needed for acorn ornaments:
-lots of acorns with the tops (cupule) and branch stem attached
– Krazy glue
– Glitter in colors of your choosing
– Parchment paper
– Baking twine or packing string( the more thin the better)
– Small bowl or cup

Step 1: Make sure all acorn tops are attached. Wiggle them a bit to test. If any pop off reattach with Krazy glue.
Step 2: Cut string into three inch length pieces. One for each acorn. Tie the string around the stem and knot it twice. Bring the two halves of string together and knot it at the ends creating a loop to hang on tree branch or to attach to ornament hook.
Step 3: Fill bowl or cup with glitter.
Step 4: Lay large sheet of parchment paper on table next to bowl of glitter.
Step 5: Holding the acorn by the twine cover the nut entirely with Krazy glue. Dip glue covered nut into glitter. Completely cover in glitter. Lay on parchment paper to dry.
Step 6: Repeat steps until all acorns are covered.

This is not a craft for the wee kids as the glue can get messy in less mature hands, but older children will love it.

Happy decorating!

 

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Material things are just things but we all have our favorites. I have been meaning to photograph some of my stuff and put the pics online to show off some wonderful crafts. Here goes:

I got this zombie doll at my favorite store in St. John, USVI. It called Caravan Gallery. I usually buy jewlery from them but when I walked in and saw this doll I had to have it to add to my collection. www.caravangallery.com. Notice the stitches on her forehead. What you cannot see is the red thong underwear that were drawn on her with a Sharpie!

I picked up this owl at this years’ Chomp and Stomp festival in Cabbage Town. There were several nice craft vendors there. I also found some cool magnets with airplanes on them for Joe.


This little kitty is from my first trip to St. Thomas. I call him voodoo kitty but he is actually kind of pirate looking. The mis-matched eyes are great.


This isn’t hand made but I love it! Joe bought me this ceramic version of the famous NYC coffee cup for Christmas. It dosen’t have a handle and can get hot to the touch when you actually have a drink inside but I love it just the same.

Inspiration Boards

Inspiration boards are a great way to showcase a few of your favorite things while serving as a muse of sorts. Not to mention they brighten your workspace/office. To the left you will see my very own board that hangs over my desk in my office. It includes everything from an origami geisha to mini Rothko reprints to a photo of my friends Wendy and Saul with their new baby. I constantly come across photos in magazines and on the net that inspire me in my daily designs and this is the perfect home for them. It gives a quick boost to my mental rolodex in remembering color combinations and graphic concepts I like. Also, I think it works wonderfully above my snazzy CMYK color chart.