Lección de Sky – Acorn Shells Bracelet

Acorn Shell Bracelet

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.

Acorn Shell Bracelet

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:

Supplies:
- acorns
- 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)

Acorn Shell Bracelet
How To:
Take a t-shirt strip between your index finger and thumb and roll it very tightly as in the image below.  Make sure, your “bead” will fit in the acorn shell and adjust accordingly. 
Secure with a few stitches going through the center and around. Don’t worry, the acorn shell will hold the “bead” securely.
Put the “bead” into the shell. If you want you can use a bit of glue to hold it in place.

Acorn Shell Bracelet

Acorn Shell Bracelet

Make enough beads for your project. The happy discovery was that it is possible to poke a hole into the top of the acorn shell, and sew it directly onto some base material.

Acorn Shell Bracelet

Being lazy I attached  the “beads” to a braided t-shirt strip and used the blue one as a button closure. The red flower is also nestled into an acorn shell and was more of an experiment. I would leave it out next time.

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….

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  1. OrloSubito says:

    simple and beautiful!!!! i love it:-)

  2. vesna says:

    beautiful!!

  3. Anairam says:

    Your wonderful ideas always inspire and amaze me – acorn shells, who would have thought! I am going to have to look for some oak trees now. I also love how you linked it with Miró's painting. Brilliant.

  4. suschna says:

    Very nice! Could be worn as a pendant as well, or many in a row around the neck.

  5. Sharon says:

    BRILLIANT! love it love it…acorns are a favorite thing…(we live on white oak farm…) how fun is this? you must send a photo to natalie channin….she would be so impressed by your clever use of recycled tee-shirt material! i can also see a whole bunch of these little colorful acorns in a tin tray or pottery dish!

  6. Lucy in the Sky says:

    Wonderful idea! I like the jewel-like colours. Just as if T-shirt-strips were made for acorn shells.

  7. Charissa says:

    Truly inventive. I was scratching my head, trying to figure out if the colors inside were embroidery or what! My friend made me this awesome acorn locket last year, but I never tried making one since it's much more common to find just the tops as your daughter did. What a great idea to use them. Bravo to you for playing around and getting Miro-like results!

  8. Melissa says:

    I thought you crocheted them or something. I could do this – very clever.

  9. jenny says:

    I make jewelry using a very similar idea- check it out:

    http://www.jtopolski.com/#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=9&p=0&a=0&at=0

    love your site!
    Jenny

  10. madebyfate says:

    These are beautiful esp when combined with the reference to Miro

  11. Lucy Patterson HANDS-ON says:

    Such a clever clever idea! And the finished bracelet is just beautiful. So creative. I'm a collector like your daughter and this just warms my heart!

    Lucy x

  12. Linda Urban says:

    I just love the way your mind works.

  13. spinngruppe reelsen-die Wollküren says:

    i do like your bracelets; nature und culture in union… LG sabine

  14. Kate says:

    I am INSPIRED! Thank you and I am so excited to do this. I will be sharing this post with lots of folks!

  15. Buttons for Baga says:

    What a creative idea. You have done a beautiful job…a really special bracelet. I love the red to set it off.

    Hugs,
    Genie

  16. lisette says:

    Just perfect.

  17. Michelle L. says:

    This is so beautiful! I love your color sense, too. Great project!

  18. Wholesale Suppliers says:

    Bracelets are one of the most resurgent fashion accessories in the world today. This Acron Shells Bracelet is looking attractive.

  19. I wonder if these would hold up as buttons?

  20. kathrin says:

    What a good idea! I think they would, especially if you reenforce the “bottom” of the acorn with a bit of glue, once you poke a hole through.

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