Sunday, October 31, 2010

Whimsical Golden Acorns

I don't think you can improve on nature, but I love using natural materials in a whimsical way {i.e. pompom acorns}

I smiled when I saw this post on painted acorns at Modge Podge Rocks and I fell in love with these wooden gilded acorns at Design Sponge (who needs Tiffany?), so I decided to spray paint our acorn bottom stash gold.  We have collected so many acorn pieces, but have found very few in-tact acorns so the idea behind this project would be to glue the bottoms to any caps which might fit.  

I placed the acorn bottoms on straight pins stuck into foam and borrowed some gold spray paint from a my pal (thanks!). I sprayed them in a cardboard box to keep everything contained.  I didn't prime the acorns first, but applied 3 coats.

With an artist brush, I added some MiniWax stain to the acorn tops as they were starting to look a little, um, dried out at best - grotty at worse.
After the bottoms and caps were dry, I glued the mismatched pieces together with a dab of hot glue. 

The variety in the top photo are ones Lily collected in New Hampshire and they are my favourite. I think they would look really nice as a Thanksgiving place setting.  As you can see below, the variety we find in central Toronto variety are much longer.

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  1. This is pretty cute! I could see doing this with different colors, as well.

  2. I love them! What a clever idea - we have TONS of acorns in our yard (we could go acorn surfing except that it's a little dangerous! lol).

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at the DIY Show Off. :)


  3. Those acorns are lovely. Now I need to scoop up a bunch next time I visit my parents. They have lots of oak around their home.

  4. This is such a lovely project. And yes, I have a similar problem as far as composition is concerned. Out of 20 acorns only two are left intact. The others "shed" their caps.
    However, back to the subject - love what you did with the acorns and as decor I have no doubt they will be magnificent!

  5. You knew I was going to love these!!! And I love that you used MinWax on the caps... great idea! I don't think I've ever seen the longer acorns like you have in Toronto. They're beautiful!

  6. Your acorns look so effective, what a great idea. KJ thanks so much for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated.

    Kate x

  7. These are so pretty! I would love to see them used on a Thanksgiving table! I hope you will link this up to my Get Organized Giveaway & Linky Party!

  8. Love this idea! I'd love for you to link this up to our holiday link up party!

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    WOW those are gorgeous! I love them:)


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