October 15, 2010

Feature Friday - acorns

I have a wire basket on my kitchen table that I love.  It's filled with different balls that are different colors with different textures.  I needed to add a few more and I recalled that Dana of Made had made this wreath out of acorns a while back.  She sprayed it different colors for different holidays.


I decided to do the same thing, but to a ball instead.  We headed to the backyard.  This was a great project to involve Rex.  He had a lot of fun hunting for the acorns with me.  After three separate hunts we finally had enough.  We glued them to a ball that has been lying around our yard forever.


I liked it brown, but I wanted to add a little excitement.


So, I sprayed painted it turquiose....


....and I like it. 


Kind of fun...and now I want to make more.  But, I'm out of acorns and I'm trying to decide what else I could coat a ball in.


Dana's tutorial is HERE, so start collecting your acorns.

See you tomorrow!

24 comments:

  1. well we made those wreaths with lima beans... haha. maybe you could give those a try??
    love how your acorn ball turned out and the color is great!
    jen

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  2. This is sooooo funny, I found Dana's website yesterday by chance! I made an acorn wreath, and was checking out other people's. I love that yall painted yours. I am going to try the Lima Bean One as soon as I get back to the store.

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  3. I made some balls from red kidney beans, lentils, moss, & twine.

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  4. It's so pretty painted! I like it both ways!

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  5. Cute! Did you bake your acorns? I read somewhere that they can have bugs living inside and they might come out if you don't bake them. That would be my worst nightmare!!!

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  6. What about small sea shells?

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  7. Love the pop of color! I also love the little "h" ball! They catch my eye every time I am in Michaels but I wasn't sure what to do with them.

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  8. Beautiful idea with a ball! I love how it turned out!
    Thanks for sharing and linking :)

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  9. and Felicia,
    YES. Bake the acorns. I did not do that at first and about 10 maggots squirmed out. YUCK.
    You can see more about that in my tutorial:
    http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-acorn-wreath.html

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  10. How cute! And we already have a ton of acorns right now. They kept me up the other night when the wind was dislodging them from the trees. Sheesh.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  11. Love, love, love this! What a fabulous idea.

    Kisses from the WhipperChicks

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  12. That's really neat looking! Now you need to make one with the acorn caps. :-D

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  13. How about dry beans or rice or popcorn kernels?

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  14. In NY our acorns are teeny tiny =(
    I would like to try this with beans tho... My son might like to try this with me!

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  15. Hey, I have one of those crackly white-with-turquoise-pattern balls! I love it. I covered a ball with all different shades and sizes of turquoise buttons to go with mine.

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  16. I just posted a pic on my blog with a basket o' balls. I didn't make them, I collect them, but you could surely make some. I love the one with twine, and leaves, pods and of course moss. I also have a couple that don't fit covered with feathers and pecans. Oh and peas, any lentils would look great for this season! Can you tell I have a thing for them????

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  17. I made some with kidney beans and lentils but my favorite was with dried chick peas (garbonza beans). I also cooked my acorns in the microwave first, because I had a batch with bugs in too that came squirming out, even a months later.

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  18. I don't know much about acorns. Can you tell me how to pop off the tops, is it easy?

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  19. Trimble,

    The tops pop off really easily and usually fall off. If they don't just give the acron a little twist (like opening a jar) and it should fall right off. Good luck!

    Cheri

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  20. Totally loving it! Really nice blog, thank you.

    Welcome to take a look at some of my acorns, text in Swedish though...

    http://stadshimmel.blogspot.com/2010/10/someday-im-gonna-tell-you-about-them.html

    http://stadshimmel.blogspot.com/2010/09/sensommarlycka.html

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  21. Coat a ball with whole cloves! I did one a few years ago, and I love it! As a bonus, it smells heavenly. The downside is that it took me five hours. I used a 4-inch styrofoam ball and white glue.

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  22. I think if you used a ball without holes, it would be pretty to cover it with split peas. Or or OR, you could use a wiffle ball, do the peas on the solid areas, and put something pretty in/over the holes. Like... I don't know what, but something. Depends on the holiday. For Christmas you could do those little gift decorations, or for Thanksgiving you could use acorns or little Pilgrim hats. Yes! I'm going to make one. :-P

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  23. Darn squirrels beat me to the acorns before I could make one of these!
    http://plixi.com/p/57171731

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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