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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.