I had a few extra acorns left over from the napkin ring project, and I have to confess that while I love the whole acorn, the little caps slay me with their cuteness. So I turned a few into rings with a late fall, nature-bling vibe.
1” styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun or white glue
Spray paint or acrylic paint (for solid finish); polyurethane sealer (for natural finish); or glue with brush and glitter (for glitter version
Decorative paper and scissors (optional)
Adjustable ring blanks with a flat disk (like these or these, or these if you want to step it up)
First, twist the acorn caps off to separate from the nut, and make sure the caps are relatively clean.
Cut a slice of a Styrofoam ball to fit inside the acorn top. Place inside the cap so the domed curve of the Styrofoam ball fits against the curved cap and the flat edge is flush with the bottom of the cap. This will give you a flat surface to adhere to the ring. This takes a smidgen of finessing – you want a tight enough fit that the Styrofoam will stay in place. If it’s a little roomy, secure in place with hot glue.
Paint the acorn caps with a thin but thorough coat of spray paint or acrylic paint. Keep it thin enough that you can still see the texture of the acorn cap. If you’re making the glitter version, paint the cap with glue and then sprinkle with glitter to coat. Let dry.
To finish, I like to tidy up the base by cutting a small circle of decorative paper to fit inside the cap. Glue in place with hot glue. Then apply bonding cement to the flat disk on ring base, and press acorn cap in place.
And I'm so thankful for all of you. Have a wonderful, cozy, happy Thanksgiving! xo