My daughter is a collector and always brings pretty stones, grasses and other natural curiosities home. From our last walk, we had a bazillion acorn shells in our bag. What can you do with acorns? So yesterday I was curious to find out and to create “something”. What I discovered is that acorn shells make excellent “jewelry findings”. When I realized that you can poke a hole through the top from the inside, the clouds parted, a double rainbow appeared and a whole world of “acorn crafts” opened up. Well, not really, but this is what I came up with, a bracelet looking very much like Joan Miró’s Lección de Sky.
Here’s how it started. I cut some strips from t-shirts fabric, but you can use any fabric if you cut it diagonal to the grain. Making a bracelet is an easy process:
- rotary cutter (easier) or scissors
- needle and thread (I use button hole thread for durability)
- t-shirt strips approx 5/8 inch by 8 inches (it depends on the size of the acorn shell and the design you want)
Needless to say, you can put a variety of things into the acorn. Fabric bits, colored wax, treasures, anything really. You could also paint and lacquer the shell itself. If you glue something into the acorn shell, make sure that it is sewn onto the base material first, before you fill it, as you won’t be able to sew through it with the glue in place.
Just the kind of craft I like. Very simple ingredients and process with a million possibilities….