We hosted our first Thanksgiving two years ago and needed to decorate our table, but we didn’t have a closet full of fall decorations and also didn’t have the budget to spring for the Pottery Barn table scape I was dreaming of. What we do have is two, very large oak trees in the backyard that are forever raining acorns. With the help of my daughter we gathered up as many as we could find to make these acorn napkin ties, which we still bring out for fall get togethers two years later. All it took were a few acorns, some ribbon and a hot glue gun! The supplies listed will make 8 napkin ties.
- 16 medium size acorns (the bottoms and caps)
- A thumbtack
- Hot glue gun
- 6 yards of 1/4″ wide, brown satin ribbon
- Gather 16 medium size acorns from outside. Try to find acorns that aren’t blemished or have holes. You will also need acorn caps, large enough to fit the acorn bottoms you have collected. Hint: this is a great activity for young kids to help with!
- Match up an acorn cap with each acorn bottom, make sure that each cap fits the corresponding bottom.
- Carefully make a hole at the top of each acorn cap using the thumbtack. You may need to twist the thumbtack back and forth to puncture the acorn cap.
- Cut the ribbon into 8 sections measuring 2 feet each.
- Cut a very steep angle at the end of each ribbon so that there is a small point at each end. The point needs to be small enough to poke through the hole in the acorn cap.
Steps 3 & 4:
- Push one end of the ribbon through the acorn cap, starting at the top of the cap.
- Pull the ribbon through the cap and tie a knot at the end of the ribbon.
- Cut the end of the ribbon, close to the knot.
- Pull the ribbon back so that the knot settles into the acorn cap.
Steps 5 & 6:
- Using the hot glue gun, place a bead of glue into the acorn cap and attach the cap to the acorn.
- Hold the cap and acorn together, firmly for a few seconds until the glue is dry.
- Repeat steps 1-6 to complete the other side of the napkin tie.
Now, to think of another craft to make with all the acorns raining from our trees!