Acorn & Driftwood Garland

I am of the group that you don’t decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and while yes, we did put our Christmas lights up this weekend, we did so only because we’re going to be gone the next three weekends and there are no Christmas decorations in the house yet, I promise!  Butttt, I have been wanting to make this garland for Christmas ever since last year after being inspired by this one from Pottery Barn’s blog.  I felt like it was alright if I went ahead and made it, you know, just to be ready.

Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

My aunt has a burr oak tree in her yard back home north of Dallas so I had my mom mail me some of its acorns along with some smaller ones to craft with since we are devoid of big-acorned oaks down here (I soooo miss my oak trees!).  I’ve been dying to do something with these guys, the burr oak ones are huge and their caps are so cool looking, so fuzzy!!  I had a vision in my head of combining the acorns with some of the driftwood I have amassed to make a rustic/beachy/woodlandy garland for our tree this year, with a little bit of sparkle from metallic paint.

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To paint and attach the acorns, I needed to take their caps off first but I matched them back up with their caps (relatively) afterwards so that I didn’t have to search for them each time.  For this project, I ended up only using the burr oak acorns, not the little ones cause their caps were a bit too snug for what I needed to do.  I only painted some of them and left some their natural driftwood brown color.

Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!
Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

I used plain off-white cotton yarn cause I couldn’t find my tan and white-striped twine I wanted to use (Mom’s got another batch on the way down so there WILL be striped twine and acorns in my future).  I pulled off about twelve feet just to make sure I’d have plenty.

Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

I drilled holes through my driftwood pieces just a hair bigger than the yarn, knotted the yarn where I needed to three times (so that it’d be too big to pass through the wood), then threaded the wood on with a yarn needle’s help.
Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

The acorns got a dollop of hot glue, the yarn laid over it, then the cap squeezed on till it dried.  Then it was just alternating knotting, adding wood, knotting, acorn, and so on.

Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

In the end, with my 15 acorns and the spacing I used, it came out to be about 10 feet long which should be perfect for our tree.

Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

Use simple materials found in nature like acorns and driftwood to make this easy but beautiful rustic garland!

I can’t wait to get our tree up and put this on it!  We got a new tree last year from Home Depot on Black Friday and it’s MUCH bigger than our old one which means it’s a bit sparse on decorations…gotta get on that this year ;)
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32 thoughts on “Acorn & Driftwood Garland

  1. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board. I love this but I think the squirrels around our way must have been busy all the acorns are gone and I live by a oak filled woods :)

  2. This is absolutely beautiful! I love how you have the three colors of acorns, and the driftwood makes it so interesting. Gorgeous project!! Thanks for sharing it at Found & Foraged!!

  3. How cute!!!! Love the acorns! Thanks for linking up again with us this week… Hope you’ll join us again this week!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

  4. This turn out just beautiful! Pinning immediately! Thanks for linking up at Found & Foraged. Please note, we will be hosting our party one day early this week as InLinkz is doing server maintenance on Saturday and will be down during our regularly scheduled party. So come see us Friday at 8PM…just this week only though!

    1. Thanks Kyla! We’ll be in Mexico this weekend but you know I’ll be there the next Saturday ;) Oh, and check your email!

  5. GORGEOUS idea! Love the natural look for Christmas decor. Thanks for sharing with us at the Monday Funday party!!

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