I am of the group that you don’t decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and while yes, we did put our Christmas lights up this weekend, we did so only because we’re going to be gone the next three weekends and there are no Christmas decorations in the house yet, I promise! Butttt, I have been wanting to make this garland for Christmas ever since last year after being inspired by this one from Pottery Barn’s blog. I felt like it was alright if I went ahead and made it, you know, just to be ready.
My aunt has a burr oak tree in her yard back home north of Dallas so I had my mom mail me some of its acorns along with some smaller ones to craft with since we are devoid of big-acorned oaks down here (I soooo miss my oak trees!). I’ve been dying to do something with these guys, the burr oak ones are huge and their caps are so cool looking, so fuzzy!! I had a vision in my head of combining the acorns with some of the driftwood I have amassed to make a rustic/beachy/woodlandy garland for our tree this year, with a little bit of sparkle from metallic paint.
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Supplies for Acorn & Driftwood Garland
- acorns of various sizes with their caps
- small pieces of driftwood or twigs
- spraypaint (optional) – I used this in gold and silver
- hot glue gun
- large yarn needle with large eye
To paint and attach the acorns, I needed to take their caps off first but I matched them back up with their caps (relatively) afterwards so that I didn’t have to search for them each time. For this project, I ended up only using the burr oak acorns, not the little ones cause their caps were a bit too snug for what I needed to do. I only painted some of them and left some their natural driftwood brown color.
I used plain off-white cotton yarn cause I couldn’t find my tan and white-striped twine I wanted to use (Mom’s got another batch on the way down so there WILL be striped twine and acorns in my future). I pulled off about twelve feet just to make sure I’d have plenty.
The acorns got a dollop of hot glue, the yarn laid over it, then the cap squeezed on till it dried. Then it was just alternating knotting, adding wood, knotting, acorn, and so on.
In the end, with my 15 acorns and the spacing I used, it came out to be about 10 feet long which should be perfect for our tree.
32 thoughts on “Acorn & Driftwood Garland”
SO pretty!!! LOVE the mix of glam and rustic!!!
Thank ya ma’am! They’d be super cool in bright colors too, I’m just a neutrals/metallics gal :)
This is so cool. I love the mixture of textures. Those fuzzy acorns are so fun.
Aren’t they Heather?! They have to be the cutest thing plants have ever made.
Ohhh, now this is a truly beautiful garland. You’ve got me excited about making one now!
Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board. I love this but I think the squirrels around our way must have been busy all the acorns are gone and I live by a oak filled woods :)
Wow, yeah, not sure how these weren’t confiscated yet :)
This is absolutely beautiful! I love how you have the three colors of acorns, and the driftwood makes it so interesting. Gorgeous project!! Thanks for sharing it at Found & Foraged!!
Thanks!! And see….again with the hoarding ;)
So clever and creative – love the land and sea theme.
I didn’t even think of it like that Donna, but yes! Love it :)
How cute!!!! Love the acorns! Thanks for linking up again with us this week… Hope you’ll join us again this week!
Thanks so much Danielle!!!
GORGEOUS idea! Love the natural look for Christmas decor. Thanks for sharing with us at the Monday Funday party!!
Hi Meredith, thanks! I’m always drawn to the natural, neutral look at Christmas (well, anytime!).
This turn out just beautiful! Pinning immediately! Thanks for linking up at Found & Foraged. Please note, we will be hosting our party one day early this week as InLinkz is doing server maintenance on Saturday and will be down during our regularly scheduled party. So come see us Friday at 8PM…just this week only though!
Thanks Kyla! We’ll be in Mexico this weekend but you know I’ll be there the next Saturday ;) Oh, and check your email!
Beautiful! Can’t wait to try it myself! Found you through the Found & Foraged Linky Party.
Go for it Anna, show me if you do!! And thanks for visiting :)
I love this! I bet it’s beautiful on your tree! Thanks for sharing at our Get Your DIY On party! XO
It really is!! Thanks so much Christy and thanks for hosting!!
This is too cute for words! Such a clever idea :)
Aw, thank you Erin :)
So pretty! I love driftwood mixed with anything!
Oh man, me too Amy! I hoard it every time we go down to the beach :)
This garland idea is so simple and cool! (pinned!) I might need this plastic needle asap!:)
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Thanks so much Oly!
Loved this so much…Featuring in our Holiday DIYs to Try from our Get Your DIY On party! Merry Christmas! XO
That just made my day Christy! Yay!!! Thanks so much :) Have a great Christmas!
Love this idea, Emily. I’m a huge ‘hoarder’ of natural ‘decor’ so I probably have everything I need to make one of these already! Thanks for the tute.
It helps alot to call it “decor” ;) Would love to see yours if you make one!