11.20.2010

.Acorn Wreath.


I know it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas-BUT-let us still enjoy the Fall Season! 


This year, our front trees gave birth to what felt like thousands upon thousands of acorns. At first they caused much frustration but then I found this tutorial. I became ecstatic over the simplicity of this Acorn Wreath and had to try it for myself! My sweet sweet husband helped me gather the acorns and let me borrow his nice camera to document each step. I hope you enjoy this DIY craft project as much as I have.


Here is my final Acorn Wreath:
Materials needed for Acorn Wreath:


    - Straw craft wreath ($2.50 at Michaels)
    - Hot Glue Gun (WARNING: You use A LOT of hot glue!)
    - Acorns (F R E E!)
    - Spray Paint (Optional--$1.00 at Walmart)
    - Ribbon (Optional--$1.00 at Dollar Tree)


Preparing Your Acorns


1. Rinse acorns well and be sure to check for any creepy crawlers who may  
      have tagged along to join the fun.
2. Pat your acorns dry and spread them on a cookie sheet. (You may want to
      cover your cookie sheet with foil.) 
3. Bake your acorns at 350 degrees for 
    15 minutes.This is the most important step because baking 
       the acorns will KILL any CREATURE who may be living inside. BAKE THEM 
       BAKE THEM BAKE THEM!
The acorns come out of the oven shining and smelling good!
4. Allow acorns to cool before you begin assembling your wreath.


Making Your Acorn Wreath


1. Remove plastic film from straw wreath. Decide on a starting location and 
      begin hot gluing your acorns. (I chose to do a diagonal line to create a 
      swirl..it worked in some places and others it did not..just have fun with 
      it, the design creates itself!)
After you have completed a few rows of acorns, your wreath will begin to look like this.
2. Continue gluing acorns until you have covered the ENTIRE straw
      wreath (except for the bottom of course)! It will take you a long time and 
      may even be a 2 or 3 day project but your time will be worth the end 
      result.
3. This is where YOU decide how you want to finish your wreath. I chose to 
       use spray paint in my favorite color green and pair it with brown ribbon to 
       match my living room and front door. Get creative--keep it natural and 
       hang with twine, spray paint it and add flowers/bows--it is up to you 
       friends! (If you chose to spray paint it then keep on reading)
4. Bring your wreath outside and set it on newspapers. To make painting it 
      easier, spray your wreath with PRIMER first. I did not and it took a long 
      time and many coats to cover the acorns. 
5. When primer is dry, begin painting! Use fluent motions and hold about 6 
      inches away from wreath. Be patient and do many coats instead of one 
      thick coat, the end result will be much better.
6. Once the paint is nice and dry, pick out a ribbon and hang up your work 
      with a smile :)


Thank you for reading :)

79 comments:

  1. That is so neat! If only we had an acorn tree!

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    1. I really, really love this. That color would look perfect with my royal blue door. Anonymous, in most of the Northern Hemisphere, you can probably find oak trees, the "parents" of acorns.

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  2. I LOVE this wreath. You did a really beautiful job :o)

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  3. That is such a neat idea. Don't have acorn's, but do know people who do. It looks great!!!

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  4. that is super cute!! wanna make me one?! haha we have pine trees behind our house and I'm making ornaments with them!!

    love the idea!

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  5. That is awesome!!!! I love it!! Looks like a wreath Im gonna have to do next year!!! Love youuuu

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  6. Wow, this is really impressive.

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  7. Your wreath turned out beautiful, especially with your door!
    Thanks for sharing with me.
    If you have time, add it to our Flickr group:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/1107392@N23/pool/

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  8. So cool! At first glance, your painted acorns looked like green olives to me. Love! Just read several of your other tutorials. You rock! Totally adding you to my blog reader!

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  9. Cute stuff! I've featured this and a number of other links on my home page. Keep up the good work!

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  10. I really love this wreath.... Have to make me one with all my free acorns this year. If I get them before the squirrels do. that is...
    Thanks for sharing your idea.

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  11. I LURVE yours!! And it stayed in tact. Even better! lol. I should have taken the plastic off mine like you did on yours. I love the color you chose.

    xoxo

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  12. this is beautiful.. love the color.. dropping by house of hepworths.. :)
    following you now
    Love
    Hani
    http://craftionary.blogspot.com

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  13. and here i thought i was going to have to make bread with all those acorns!

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  14. Love this!!! I am featuring it on my blog on Wednesday! www.johnnyinadress.com Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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  15. Great project! I love the green! I'm bookmarking for sure. Saw you over at I heart Naptime.

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  16. I love this project and love the green color! Thanks for the inspiration. Feel free to stop by my place and show off your work any time http://stirizsisters.blogspot.com/2011/08/test.html. We are also hosting a Halloween link party if you wish to participate :)

    Corie @ Design DNA

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  17. It's a great project, I don't have a acorn tree, but I'll go for a walk and find one........I can't wait to star my own one.......Thanks for sharing.

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  18. So pretty! I "pinned" this on my Pinterest board. I wondered how you got green acorns...duh! They look very natural and classy.

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  19. That is beautiful....I just may have to try this!!!

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  20. this is gorgeous - your color selection (my fav) doesn't hurt either. this is truly truly gorgeous! wow!

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  21. Absolutely LOVE this!!! I am so on the hunt for acorns!!!

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  22. Wow, girl! So simple and so beautiful...very impressive! I don't know that I'm patient enough for this one, but boy did it pay off! Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at One Artsy Mama. You have a great blog here and lots of wonderful ideas. :)

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  23. I'm so sorry I did the worst thing ever and didn't read your post on the acorn wreath. I found it on pintrest and thought it was awesome. Sorry again.

    Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

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  24. Awesome! I'm going to have to pin this for inspiration next year!

    Wendy
    www.designedtodwell.blogspot.com

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  25. Visiting from Finding Fabulous! This is a great project!! I love how you painted it, it could be used in any season because you chose a fun bright green. I just love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. LOVE THIS WREATH!! SO MUCH FUN! NOW TO FIND THE ACORNS. NONE IN MY YARD!!

    JUST FOUND YOU TODAY FROM MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME, I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE INSPIRATION.

    MARY ANNE

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  27. it is really lovely wreath! I love your idea!

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  28. Gorgeous wreath! Love the pop of green against the brown and white!

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  29. Beautiful! I love the green. I have been collecting acrons for something fabulous I don't have enough to make this wreath though. Love it!

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  30. Love the green color! Way to go turning a negative (acorns everywhere) to a positive (beautiful wreath). I might give this a try!

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  31. Love this! Sharing it on my blog!!

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  32. Gorgeous!!! I Love it. I like the green and brown combo.

    -Linsey
    http://farmhouseporch.blogspot.com

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  33. I love your acorn wreath - it is so pretty! I wish I had an ample supply of acorns to make one, too!
    Jenn

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  34. this is so cool

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  35. Hi, I just came across your blog and I love your ideas! Thanks for the tip about baking the acorns first-I had featured a tutorial on my blog on painted acorns and didn't know about baking them. I just looked in the vase and there were some larva type things! yikes! Now I need to research if you can bake painted acorns....ha ha...

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  36. Looks awesome!

    Found you through a link on Kanelstrand's blog. :-)

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  37. With 2 acres of several types of oak trees, what a treat. The dog won't even eat acorns. I can't even give them away. And NOW this. How beautiful. Will definitely keep this as a KEEPER. Thank you so much.

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  38. I don't have acorns, but I have pecan trees in my yard...I am going to try it with pecans (in the shells) and see how it works...I LOVE this idea!!!

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  39. Gorgeous. I think I am going to have to give this one a whirl. I think you could reuse it for Christmas, simply change the ribbon and you're good to go!

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  40. I just love this! We have a squirrel mafia and tons of acorns...wonder if they'd mind? lol I'm including a link back in the DIY Fall Festival highlights! ;) Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! I've also pinned this. So inspiring!

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  41. This is great! Someone just told me we were having a bumper crop of acorns!!!

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  42. This is lovely! We were just devising how to decorate for this mellow month between Halloween & Christmas. Since I just kicked several acorns as I walked into the house this seems like the perfect fit! Way to reuse our trees givings. Thank you for this frugal while still fantastic idea.

    Cheers!
    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

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  43. I love this project! I have a silly question...Is this a one season wreath? Do you need to throw away after a certain amount of time because the acorns will rot? I imagine so, just wishful thinking that I can use it for more than just a little while...

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  44. I featured you in my TOP THAT post.

    Cheri

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  45. Acorns are my very favorite thing. They have such a special meaning to me about how small things turn into a mighty oak. I am so glad to find this idea and give them to my girls to carry on this tradition in their home. So much talent here. Thanks for sharing

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  46. The pictures look great! Keep up the good work!

    - Alex

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  47. I absolutely LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. so cool, you should sell these on Etsy!

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  49. I liked it better in its original brown

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  50. Love it. Stealing it. But I should've read the part about not covering the backside ... I can't afford to waste any acorns. LOL.

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  51. Love this idea! I featured this on my blog yesterday.

    -Erin
    diyonthecheap.blogspot.com

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  52. Love this! A reason to collect all the acorns from our yard!

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  53. oooops! sorry about the above! just want to say how simple & beautiful this wreath is - and thrifty to boot! thinking about all of that HOT glue on those tiny little acorns . . . . .

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  54. I can't wait for fall. I intend to make this wreath for my front door.

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  55. you are amazing thank you for share

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  56. This is absolutely beautiful! I have tons of acorns and can't wait to make this for the front door! Thanks

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  57. I want to make my own acorn wreath for my front door. Thanks for sharing.

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  58. Beautiful wreath. I have also used that exact can of spray paint and color "Ivy Leaf" to paint a small wooden side table that I use in my powder room. That color is great for many things.

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  59. Why do some of them split down the side when they are baked? Did you use those, or throw them out? I just baked 4 trays and over half are split now :(

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  60. This is beautiful! Such a great impact with the green - fantastic!!

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  61. love this. I have acorns but not that many. good idea on baking them! love the spray paint. very fresh!!

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  62. Awesome!
    So clever! I used to have millions of these in the yard of my last
    house. Wish I had this fabulous idea then!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  63. so i tried to do this but although i used a ton of glue, they kept falling off! it really looked and looks nice as long no one touches it.... any advice? followed your directions

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  64. I baked my acorns, and thu mostly all cracked open! Any advice?

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  65. I really love your wreath! I am in the process of making two painted wreaths using hazelnuts instead of acorns. I spray painted one of them this morning and hope to finish gluing the nuts onto the second wreath tomorrow. I will hang the wreaths, one tied with ribbon underneath the other, on my front door. I chose the same Ivy Leaf Green Krylon spray paint and I will hang the wreaths with turquoise ribbon. My front door is a deep gray color. I am expecting great results! Thanks so much for the inspiration! I'm not usually a DIY girl but I had to make these!

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  67. I loved your tutorial! I did make this, twice actually, because I could not get the acorns to stay on. Any tips? They both turned out beautifully...until the next day when dozens of acorns were on the table instead of where I stuck them. Please let me know how your wreath stayed intact long enough to hang it!

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  68. I love this idea and I have an acorn tree.... So it's very easy for me to do this project and many more!!!

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  69. Found this pic on pinterest and thought for sure the wreath must cost a fortune...alas, you made it! (and it's practically free!) Well done you...so beautiful!

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