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Monday, November 16, 2009

Acorn Wreath Tutorial

This is my first tutorial on this blog! Yikes! Before now, I have been intimidated to post because my crafting doesn't compare to all the "professionals" out there! I don't have a great camera or lighting. I don' t use photoshop and my kids and their "stuff" are everywhere, but maybe you will be able to relate to real life and still enjoy my crafting!!! Welcome, Acorn Wreath!!!Acorns are so cute. I love the tops of them. However, I think acorns are neglected too often. While I was at my Mom's home last week, I picked up a bag of acorns from a big oak tree. I decided to make a wreath on the spur of the moment. Had I thought about it more, I would have made it differently. Here's what I did. I will highlight in red what I would do differently if I ever made one again.

Using what I had on hand (a posterboard), I cut out the shape of wreath by tracing two large kitchen bowls. Then I sprayed it brown using American Accents. Next time, I would buy a 3-d foam wreath from the store to make it 3-D and for sturdiness!!!

Next, my 3-yr-old daughter and a 6-yr-old neighbor sorted through the bag of acorns finding the tops. They had become separated from the bottoms. I hot glued the tops to the bottoms by putting a line of glue around the edge of tops and pushing it onto the bottom. They don't stay together unless you glue them!!! (Yeah, I'm sitting on the floor because my hot glue gun cord is short and won't reach the table.)
After that, I tried to figure out what I wanted it to look like and the following is the pattern I decided on. Since there were a lot more acorns than tops, I glued 4 acorns across at the innermost part of the circle and then hot glued them going outward to the other edge. The outside had about 8 acorns. My daughter is taking my picture with the neighbors still searching for tops. Notice the dishwasher box from 3 months ago in the background. That is a major play attraction at our house!!! Many games of "find me" and "tent" are enjoyed there! After glueing the acorns without tops, I glued two rows of acorns with the tops. I continued this pattern all the way around and it turned out very close to even. (I didn't measure the pattern out and I should have. At the last part of the pattern, I had to add an extra row of acorn and tops.)
This is what it looked like when I was done with glueing. You can see where I started/stopped because I had to try to make acorns fit when they really didn't!!!My 16-month-old son wanted to assist me in glueing. What a big helper all the kids were! (That's why I don't get much done or dare craft without 10 hands being into everything!) I don't know why blogger won't let me turn the these two pictures. I don't usually have a problem with it. The wreath is heavy and the posterboard needed reinforcement to go on a wall. I like the cheap dollar store bow at the top or the bottom of the wreath. The cost of this project - $.33. I had everything except the bow which came in a package of three! There are a few different variations I could forsee. I could do all bottoms or all tops. I could spray paint the finished wreath a different color like white. I could hang it differently - not using a bow, but a ribbon attached to nail. What could you do?

Now it is time for you to make one! Go buy a foam wreath and bow (at the $1 store), spray paint it and glue acorns on it! It is that easy!!!
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48 comments:

  1. It is DARLING! What a great idea and tutorial. I loved it!

    :)

    XOOX
    Jen

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  2. Your wreath is really cute and you can't beat the price!

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  3. Nice - will absolutely follow your example

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  4. Loved the tutorial. Your wreath turned out wonderful!

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  5. it's so pretty!

    my neighbors tree has been hurling acorns at full speed at my house and yard for weeks now, maybe i should try this.

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  6. I love the dimension of the wreath and the natural elements with the acorns. Thanks for the tutorial...you and the kids did a great job.
    Jane

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  7. This is wonderful!!! I really like how you made rows, by alternating the tops and bottoms. You did a wonderful job on your tutorial. Well done!!

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  8. gorgeous! I'd keep that up all year round...

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  9. It looks wonderful! I love that you did the tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. I don't know what you're talking about, you're a total craft PRO!!! Cute acorn wreath! You're kiddies are so cute! It was fun seeing them. I am so proud of you for doing this awesome tutorial! Tutorials are harder than just posting pics of a craft. They take so much more time and thought. And I love that you shared what you would do different next time. Keep it up! Can't wait to see more of your crafts!
    Linda
    PS your pics are great too! I don't use photoshop either.

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  11. I LOVE how you made a pattern - so pretty. I wish I had acorns to collect :-(

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  12. Thanks for the inspiration. I have a bag of acorns I collected that I have been waiting to make into something. My husband told me that I need to bake the acorns to get the critters out. Who knew?

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  13. Such a good job! Good to have helpers huh? hehe

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  14. I think your photos are fantastic! The show how much fun everyone is having, I love it!

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  15. So cute! Now I'm wishing I would have collected more acorns. They are all buried in snow now.

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  16. WOW! This tutorial was great! I loved all your pictures and the wreath is just beautiful! Now that you have your first tute under your belt you are going to have to do lots more :) Super, Super, Super Job!

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  17. Very pretty! You did a wonderful job on your 1st tutorial. I also love your sense of humor. I can definitely relate to your real life style!

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  18. You did a wonderful job! Can't wait to see what you will do next! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  19. I love your blog and how genuine you are! I hear you- my kids and their stuff are everywhere, too :) You shouldn't worry at all about not being pro- this is awesome and your taste is obviously right in line with everyone else out there! I like the variation with bottoms and tops- so cute and homey :) Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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  20. Great job, it looks fantastic! I'm having a "Go Nuts" linky party next Tuesday and would love it if you would come visit and link up this project!
    http://embellishedbayou.blogspot.com/2009/11/am-i-nuts-you-decide.html

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  21. Cute!....I'm hosting a tutorial contest this month and you should enter if you're in the USA...there are some lovely prizes. :)

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  22. You are so freaking adorable sitting on the floor! Love the wreath - you did a great job! Share with us more often :)

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  23. That is SO cute! I too love acorns and have picked them up in my yard. Haven't tried anything like this, but I do love them in a big urn.

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  24. Awesome idea and you did an awesome job too! I think the wreath looks great. And fun to make. I once made a wreath with small plastic easter eggs and yellow grass stuff on a straw wreath. Actually it is still in the living room. Never did put it away after the Easter season. LOL!

    ~Linnea

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  25. I LOVE this! I love wreaths and acorns and WHY didn't I think of putting the two together! Great job!

    And this is just how I would do a tutorial, with the "how I did it" and "how I would do it next time". I love that!

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  26. That is so cute - I love acorns and have many oak trees in the woods, so...this would be easy for me to find the magic ingredient! I did save some acorns in a sack once, and a few months later after waiting for them to dry, I was frightened by an amazing discovery - there were WORMS wiggling around in the bag - must have come out of my acorns!!! ZOWIE! I'm not sure what I could have done to do to eliminate THAT surprise!!!

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  27. WOW! That is great I love acorns but we have none around here. My husband is a landscaper and I have asked him for a oak tree he says one day. So until that day, well I will be thinking of your project in mind to do one day as you say.

    Hugs,
    Maria

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  28. This is really awesome, I love it! Great tutorial and I love that you got the kids involved!

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  29. Your wreath is GREAT!
    Thank you for the inspiration; I just might brave-it and try my hand at doing one also.

    Enjoy and have a GRAND weekend.

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  30. That is so nice! It turned out wonderfully.
    I have the feeling that it was tedious and tiring too! LOL

    Great Job and you have a beautiful wreath for your effort!
    Dena

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  31. Acorns are so cute and they make a great wreath! Yours turned out very cute! Thanks for sharing and Happy Friday to you.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  32. What an awesome idea and am amazing tutorial...hope it's not your last:) Thanks for linking!

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  33. @Cheap Chic Home. Nice tutorial. I like your cute helper, too!

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  34. I love the picture of you and your daughter crafting together. Thanks for including the things you would change, so we can learn from your trial and error. I have those projects all the time! I've been eyeing my kitchen window and it's just crying out for a wreath. I just may give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up to FFF this week. Please come back again.

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  35. I love how you changed up the colors to make that pattern- sweet and simple.

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  36. Oh it's really cool! I love the rustic look of nature and you've nailed it with this one!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS #6 over at

    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/2009/11/sat-nite-special-6-brings-you-anything.html

    Funky Junk Donna

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  37. Very cute! I'll have to bookmark this for next year. My kiddos would really enjoy making this.

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  38. Super cute!
    I'll have to rescue some acorns from yard :)

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  39. This is so cute. I think it would be cute to have a huge acorn hanging in the middle.

    Cheri

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  40. What an adorable project! Love the idea of bringing in natural elements like acorns--love how it turned out. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  41. I love it, so I have to do it!!!!!!!

    stay inspired!!

    http://theisiwayoflife.blogspot.com

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  42. I think your wreath turned out great, Michelle. Beautiful job.

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