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.
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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Supplies for Acorn & Driftwood Garland
- acorns of various sizes with their caps
- small pieces of driftwood or twigs
- spraypaint (optional) – I used this in gold and silver
- hot glue gun
- large yarn needle with large eye
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.
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.
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.
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.