DIY Festive Acorn Garland

October 11, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I like simple crafts. Easy. No frills. No frustrations. I don’t like to pull my hair out over things, y’know? I’m sure you don’t either. It has been awhile since I’ve made any seasonal crafts. This, of course, is my favorite time to take advantage of that. When I found this idea to make an acorn garland, I knew it was the perfect project to fit the bill.

You can really make a garland out of anything, I realized. My next idea is to make a pumpkin one. All you really need is a few basic tools, and you’re set. I opted to go ahead with this project mostly because I already had a huge role of dark faux wood grain contact paper that I bought at Home Depot several months back (remember this?). Most hardware or home stores carry it in slightly different shades of brown, and it usually isn’t more than $8. Yay for cheap crafts! It’s so easy to work with, too, and you can make all sorts of creative things with it.

The original outline suggested the use of two different tones of contact paper, but I opted to try something different. I had a new roll of green scotch tape with yellow flowers on it, and walked by the paint chips at Fred Meyer yesterday and it came to me–those would be my acorn top hats (sorry Freddie for raiding your paint chip section). Really, you can use anything. Any kind of fabric, wallpaper, or pattern, if you’re albe to glue it or affix it to chipboard, you’re cool.

So, here are the basics of what you will need:

  • at least one tone of a roll of wood grain contact paper
  • acorn template (see here–I had to photoshop mine to shrink the size because this original one was a bit too big for my liking)
  • paint chip samples wide enough to cover the cap of the acorn, or any other type of pattern
  • 3-4 pieces of thin chipboard or 2 cereal boxes, cut
  • twine or yarn
  • scissors
  • hole puncher
  • pen
  • liquid glue stick
  • thumb tacks or any other method to hang your garland

Place your acorn template over the wood grain contact paper and trace out the shape of the main body of the acorn. Do the same thing for the top hat color of your acorn–trace it until it stops around where the main body starts.

Punch two holes on each side of the hat near the stem, so that the acorn will be stabilized on the twine. Repeat for all of your acorns and thread them on!

And if you’re lucky enough to have a little helper, you can have some help with the string…

Enjoy your creation! I’m in love with these! I hung this one above my stove, and the patterned one in the window of my kitchen near the dining table. Thanks again for sharing, Rachel!

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