I’ve always had a thing for wall tapestries, weavings, and general three-dimensional wall art. I remember a HUGE three-story rope installation on the walls of the student center back in college. You’d think a three-story mass of rope would look like a tangled mess but it was so intricate and methodic. I was probably the slowest person ever going up the stairs next to it.
Until I can someday buy myself a loom, actually have time to learn to weave, or have more house to hang them in, I like to play around with simple wall art out of my favorite natural materials. Anything to use up more of that driftwood I hoard.
I first posted this guy over at my friend Kristi’s blog, making it in the mountains, back in February. The heart was a little Valentine’s Day nod but I really think it would be adorable in a little girl’s room or nursery too. You can of course make this in any shape you wanted to, or in an initial even.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
Yarn in a gradient of shades (at least three, I did five)
Wooden beads (with large holes)
Gold spraypaint (optional)
Hot glue gun
Remove the acorns from their caps and spraypaint them gold (or whatever color you want) then re-insert them into their caps once they’re dry (see this post). Lay them out to figure how many acorns you’ll need, then decide on how many strands of each color yarn you’ll need (same number of each color on each side). I did three white, four of each shade of pink, and then three grays on each side, but you can do more or less depending on your colors.
It is easiest to work on this while it’s hanging so hang it by the ribbon or balance the branch on something before getting started. Cut your pieces of yarn, making sure they’re plenty long so that you can still adjust the length when you hang them. To assemble the acorns, dab a very small amount of hot glue on the cap and stick your piece of yarn in. Mash the yarn down into the glue (wet that finger first!) to make sure it sticks well, put a little more glue over it if you need to. The wooden beads will cover some of this so it doesn’t have to be beautiful, you just want minimal yarn and glue showing. Set them aside for a few seconds to dry then slide a bead down onto it.
Working from the middle out, hang your acorns at the length you want them, then either tie your yarn off and cut it or hot glue the end on the backside of your branch. I hot glued mine.
Continue with your colors, spacing them evenly along the branch. If you need to reposition one, you can peel the hot glue off and remake that strand. #ihearthotglue
Tada! I want to make like eight more of these things :) It would look great as part of a gallery wall too, or when you have that awkward small wall that just needs something. I think it’d be really neat to do one with the really big bur oak acorns!
14 thoughts on “Ombre Acorn Wall Hanging”
I love these, so pretty!! And I just acquired some similar branches, this is a great idea!
Any reason to show off those pretty branches April! :)
This is so fresh and creative. Love the details of the acorn. Coming from Hit Me With Your Best Shot today but I love seeing your projects Emily. :) Pinning!!
Hi Kathy!! Thanks so much :)
Hi! I found you on Create and Share link party. I love your acorn wall art. I would love for you to share it on my link party, Idea Box this Thursday, that I host with four other amazing bloggers. Hope to see you there!
I like your blog!
Sounds great Cyndee! Thank you and thanks for stopping by!!
This is so beautiful. I feel inspired !
Can you tell me how to do a seashell version of this. I love seashells!
Awesome Shely!! To do this with seashells (which I totally want to do also!), you would get a handful of shells and carefully drill through them in random locations (rather than always the center) so that when you string them up, they’ll overhang each other unevenly. Drilling through shells takes patience, and a lot of time, so you can always look for ones on the beach that have little holes in them already from predatory snails, or if you have to, you can buy some that are pre-drilled. I’d love to see it if you make one!
In love with this awesome DIY! Thinking about doing this in my baby’s nursery. Thanks for the inspiration!
That would be adorable Erica :) Thank you!
Love this idea! I collect about 1,000 pounds of acorns every year to feed my squirrels (I rehabilitate wildlife) but also collect some with interesting caps for craft purposes.
For those of you who will collect acorns for this I recommend that you put the acorns on a lined baking tray in a 185F oven for about 30 minutes, them let them air dry for at least a few months. The heat kills any maggots hiding inside the nuts as well as other microbes, but it will soften and moisten the acorn inside. Therefore it is important that you air dry the acorns for a few months to insure that they are rock hard. Once dry, the nuts will last for years.
Great advice Sigrid, thank you!!
Love this! I would like to do this for a ladies craft night! About how long does it take to make?
Oh it would be perfect for that! I’d say it takes about an hour tops, depending on what size you make it :)