Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

One of my tips for bringing nature into your home was to "steal shamelessly".

Here's a pic of the tree on our campus at work that bares the beautiful acorns I steal pick up (and a bag of the loot). click to enlarge

I took them home. Let them dry (picked up on a rainy day...I have no shame) .

Spray painted silver and...Tah Dah. I think they are gorgeous!

Tips for prepping natural materials:
1. Dry - Make sure they are dry before your use to prevent rotting.
2. Clean - If they are dirty, brush lightly with an old toothbrush.
3. Let them breathe - Don't seal in air tight bag...they may rot.
4. Reinforce - If they have a top on them like these lovely nuts, use hot glue to reinforce if they break off (and they do).

Will use as filler in my Pottery Barn knock-off of this - scheduled for Tuesday.


L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

I can't wait to see what you do! I wish I could find some acorns!

Annette said...

Those are beautiful! And the best part is that they are free.

Mrs. Chic said...

Your acorns turned out pretty!

Adrianna said...

That is a fabulous idea! They look so chic now. I have a huge oak tree in the backyard with thousands of acorns on the ground. I'm sure they would love a new home in some jars in my house. Thanks for the great idea :o)

Kim said...

We have little acorn-y things around here (although, not that pretty). I've been thinking about gather some and painting them. Nice job- I guess it's worth it :).

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

I love the silver acorns! What a great touch of elegance! I picked up branches and spray painted them white to use in some decor, loved it!