Thursday, November 19, 2009

Acorn Mushroom Ornament Tutorial


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Here's an earthy little ornament project for you to try.  The boys and I had fun making these and wanted to share them with you.


What you'll need:

  • acorn caps without stems
  • twigs cut into lengths of about an inch
  • glue (we used wood glue because that's what we had, but something like Tacky Glue would work better)
  • cotton balls
  • a toothpick or other pointy tool
  • hemp, twine, or ribbon (if you intend to make hanging ornaments)
  • drill or dremel tool (if you intend to make hanging ornaments)


Flip your acorn cap upside down and put a generous dollop of glue in it.  Let the glue set up for a few minutes until it starts to get a bit tacky.  This will help your twig stay upright a little better. 

We put our caps in an egg carton to keep them steady, and to contain glue spillage.  (after all, my helpers are a bit messy)


When your glue has set up a bit, insert a piece of twig into the acorn cap.


Unroll a bit of cotton from your cotton ball and using the toothpick, poke it around the stem into the glue.  The boys really liked this part because they thought they were needle-felting.


Allow your mushroom to dry, and voila!  An adorable little mushroom!


If you'd like to make a hanging ornament, drill a hole in the top of cap and thread through a piece of hemp, twine, ribbon, etc. and repeat the same process.


I think these will look great tied on a package or hanging in the Christmas tree this year.


The boys and I had a little fun hiding some of these in the woods.  You can see some of those pics here on my flickr page.

Enjoy!

33 comments:

Nathalie said...

Great idea. Would make lovely table decorations too

Sonia said...

Ooooh thank you so much for sharing such a fantastic tutorial, Lisa ! I'm def bookmarking & will try to make them soon with the boys ! I'll let you know if we do !
xoxoxo big hugs to you, acorn girl oxoxo

Vilt à la Kim said...

what a super idea!! NOw The only thing I need to do is find these big acroncaps. I know only trees who have small ones.......
Thnak you for sharing!

Kar said...

What a cute and fun idea! The girls would love this.

Your fruit ornaments are so cute! Nice job. :)

xxxx

Brittany Noel said...

I love this idea! You're a genius, my friend. I just collected a bunch of acorn caps from my parents' house, too! And I need ornaments. You're the best.

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Thanks so much, everyone. I think they'd be really cute painted, too. I wasn't feeling brave enough to paint with the rowdy boys yesterday though... A project for another day. :)

KarenB said...

They're adorable! Such a cute project for boys, especially.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Those are super cute! Bonus for having to go outside and collect materials. =) Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

NanaBeast said...

This is is simply wonderful. My 10-year-old grandson is coming for the weekend and THIS is what we'll be making! Thank you so very, very much.

Marchi Wierson said...

I love the egg carton part. so smart!!!

Cheryl Kugler said...

These are just too cute. I shared your link with several gals around the office. Thanks for sharing your crafty idea!

Cheryl
www.cherylkugler.com

nanou said...

What a fabulous project, Lisa ! Thanks so much for sharing this precious tutorial with us. My kids love it too ! Your mushrooms are the dream of every forest creature :) Wish you a wonderful week-end !

Laura said...

I love this idea! Why haven't I been collecting acorn caps all fall? Will have to try and find some!

cata said...

Oh! Love this idea!
Thanks for sharing.
I would like to try.
Cata

mayaluna said...

Somehow I missed this amazing project, Lisa! Thankfully, they're up today on the Crafty Crow so I could put them on my list!

Jessica Morris said...

Those are adorable!! Are you doing the Fairy themed ornament exchange hosted by The Crafty Crow? This would TOTALLY fit the theme!! :)

mamashawn said...

I found this a few hours ago and we're all set to create our own. Thanks for sharing!

Katherine said...

This is such a cute idea! We'll have to make some of these for our solstice tree.

Astrid said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I have lots of acorn caps. I can't wait to make these!

VISART - DaLi Designs said...

Awesome, thanks!

The Magic Onions said...

These are SUPERCUTE!!! I'm hoping you'll pop over to my blog today and share this on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic,
Donni

icandy... said...

what a cute idea!!! i have to go now and whip up a few!
oxo
christina

Linda said...

These are the greatest idea. We have been doing and giving away the felted ones, but these are so sweet ♥

Pamela Zimmerman said...

what a fun easy project! Thanks so much for sharing!

Valerie said...

I love this project, Lisa, but mostly I love that the boys thought they were needle felting! Now that's really sweet :o)
x, Val

littlebird said...

love these thanks for sharing!

amber heagerty said...

Oh my goodness...what a cute and clever idea!Has to be one of the most adorable projects I have seen in a long time 8}

Julie said...

I'm going to make some of these with my girls today. So cute! Thanks for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

So cute, great tutorial... Thank you
Stacey
www.downtoearthdigs.wordpress.com

Bricolente said...

What a great idea. Thank you for the tutorial.
J'ai préparé un gland et une branche, je vais essayer.

nini said...

such a sweet thing to make, I'm definitely trying this, thank you so much for sharing

yvette said...

thank you so much!

Гала Власова said...

great idea! and so simple, it's a pity that we do not find acorns now: o)

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