I haven’t even started on decorating my home with Fall decor yet. However, I have been thinking of what I want to do this year and have started to make some of the more crafty projects. Such as these adorable and very easy DIY Fall acorns.
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I promised myself this year that I would leave my patriotic decor up all summer, especially on my mantel, until after Labor Day. For two reasons, I really like patriotic colors and my daughter’s wedding is scheduled for the end of August and I just don’t have time to redecorate for a new season until after Labor Day.
But that doesn’t mean I am not thinking about Fall decorations.
And working on a few small projects.
Fall craft items and decorations have sold out already!
I think everyone is shopping early for Fall decor this year!
I know I can’t be the only one to notice the shortage of Fall craft supplies already in the stores? Either product is not coming in or so many people are looking forward to a new season and buying it much faster than I can get to the stores to even look at the selections.
I have found that our local Michael’s store and two Dollar Tree stores were pathetically sold out of pumpkins and Fall decor items already.
On a recent trip to a home decor boutique, I did found these adorable faux acorns wrapped in burlap and topped with real acorn shells. These were a bit more than I usually like to spend on one item, but I bought the last bag of these the store had. I knew I could figure out a way to make something similar to them for my Fall decor.
That is what inspired me to try my own version of DIY Fall Acorns.
This project is not only very simple, and fun to make, but can be made to fit any color scheme you are using this year for Fall whether it is the classic oranges, or the soft neutrals. It just depends on the fabric you choose to buy.
The whole project starts with a few packages of styrofoam eggs, strips of fabric and dried pine cones.
At first I was going to wrap the styrofoam eggs in burlap, but struggled to find anything I liked at the craft stores. Remember how I mentioned that the good stuff is already gone!
I decided to try using felt to wrap the eggs but found that felt was too thick and wouldn’t stick to the styrofoam very well.
I finally came across a roll of Fall themed fabric craft cuts at Walmart that were perfect to work with.
For this project I used decorative fabric, Mod Podge, styrofoam eggs in two sizes, jute twine, and the scales of several small pine cones. I found these items at Walmart and Michael’s.
Except for the pine cones, those I collect in my yard every Fall to use for craft project.
The fabric strips are cut to 3″ wide by 45″ long. Perfect width for wrapping around the styrofoam egg and at least once or twice depending on the size of styrofoam egg you purchase.
Below I created a collage showing the easy steps on how I wrapped the styrofoam eggs. The fabric was wide enough to cover the entire egg in one wrap but considering I was going too add either the jute twine or the pine cone scales to one end to resemble the cap of the acorn, having one end of the egg open didn’t matter for this project.
To wrap the styrofoam eggs in fabric, I repeated the following steps for each one:
- Add some Mod Podge to the side of the egg with a foam brush and starting with the edge of the fabric strip, attach it to the Mod Podge.
- Wrap the fabric around the egg to cover it completely and overlap the first edge of the fabric. Cut off the excess and seal the edges with Mod Podge.
- Apply more Mod Podge to the wide end of the egg and fold down one side of the fabric like wrapping a present with wrapping paper.
- Apply Mod Podge on top of that and fold in the opposite side of the fabric.
- Apply even more Mod Podge over the folded edges and fold in the last two sections of the fabric over the others – just like wrapping a gift.
- Cover the open edge of the fabric on the smaller end of the egg with Mod Podge to seal the fabric securely to the styrofoam. Allow all of the Mod Podge glue to dry before attaching the jute twine or pine cone scales.
Mod Podge or any fabric glue to important to making the fabric stick to the styrofoam.
With some of the fabric covered eggs, I wrapped jute twine attached with hot glue around the narrow edge of the styrofoam egg to create the cap.
For the eggs that I attached the pine cone scales for the cap, I used pine cones I had already soaked in bleach water and baked in the oven to kill off any bug eggs and critters. Since they had dried out for at least a year, it was easy to remove the scales from the pine cones by twisting them off or using a floral cutter to remove them.
The scales were easy to add in layers using hot glue.
These easy DIY Fall acorns will be used either on my mantel display or a tablescape. Not sure yet where they might end up.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.