Does your kiddo have leftover plastic eggs from last Easter? Use them for a Fall craft to make acorns!
Last Easter, I made these Crochet Chain Easter Eggs. When I covered half of the egg, they looked like acorns! So I filed away the idea for Fall.
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- Plastic Easter eggs
- DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and Creme Wax
- Paint brush
- Tapestry needle
- Thin twine, such as hemp cord or baker’s twine
- Crochet hook, size “I”
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Additional twine, ribbon, or twill tape
- Picture frame
- Optional: fabric or paper
There will be a few tiny little differences between the Easter Egg tutorial and this Acorn tutorial. First, we want to pierce a hole at the top of the small half of the egg to add a string for hanging. I used an awl.
Then, paint the lower half of the egg. I used gray chalk paint for all of my acorns, but you could use all different colors if you like. It took about three coats. If the paint doesn’t take, just wipe it off with a damp towel, dry it well, and start over again. You can also sand the surface a little bit. Allow to dry between coats, and apply creme wax to protect it.
Thread thin twine through the hole with a tapestry needle, folding the thread in half so you have two strands. Tie a knot on the inside of the egg and pull the needle so the knot is up against the top of the egg.
Then, cut off the needle, and tie a knot at the top.
Crochet a long chain, about three feet. Unlike in the Easter egg tutorial, we’re only going to cover the top (small) half of the egg. I did four colors for my seven eggs. However, do not cut your yarn. Leave the loop open in case you need to add more stitches, which you can do while the chain is glued to the egg.
Start gluing at the top of the small half, going around the twine. Keep going until you pass the seam of the egg, then do about two more rows after that.
If necessary, add more stitches, or if you have too many, just pull on your yarn to take away stitches. Then, trim off the yarn, leaving about a 2 inch tail, pull it through the loop, and pull to tighten. Trim off the yarn, and glue the end down.
You can make one acorn or several, and there are lots of ways to display them. I’m going to make mine into a cluster and display them in a frame. I threaded on one of the acorns onto some twine and put that one in the center. I tied a knot to secure it. Then, I did the same with the other acorns, spacing them out between 1 and 2 inches.
I was going through my fabric stash to look for a piece of canvas or burlap to use when I came across this linen towel. I loved how the dark background looked, but I didn’t want to cut up the towel!
So I mixed two colors of chalk paint, cut a piece of canvas fabric into an oval, and painted the fabric. Then I painted a red stripe (I freehanded it but I should have used painter’s tape! Next time!). Then I glued the fabric onto the backing that came with the frame and popped it back in.
I hung my cluster of acorns in front of the frame, securing the twine between the backing and the frame. It was at this point that I switched to some light colored twill ribbon instead of the jute twine I had used to tie my acorns together. I also added a bow at the top and attached a ribbon to the hanging hardware that came with the frame. I should have painted the stripe a little bit to the left! Oh well. All done.
Who knew that Easter Eggs could become Fall decor? That was fun. Will make more to hang individually around the house, or as a garland along the mantle.
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