Anyone who knows my husband in real life knows that he likes to collect various tree seeds and try growing them. He seems to collect acorns the most, since oaks grow all over the place! To grow an oak from an acorn all you need is the bottom part, not the cap. We had an abundance of acorn caps, until I remembered this neat way to turn them into a fun garland using cinnamon dough.
I made these scented acorns last winter and strung them up for Christmas, but they are equally appropriate for fall. The garland looked so nice in my kitchen I decided to keep it up all year:)
- acorn caps
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup cinnamon
- 3/4 cup warm water
- hot glue and glue gun
- cookie sheet or flat surface for drying
- Ensure your acorn caps are clean and free from dirt
- Combine the flour, salt, cinnamon and water in a bowl and mix with your hands.
- You can knead the dough on a flat surface or just keep it in the bowl and use it piece by piece (this is what I did).
- Pinch off a small piece of dough and form into an acorn shape. Press it into an acorn cap to ensure it fits. Remove the cap but place both the dough and cap next to each other on a cookie sheet.
- Repeat step 4 until all your acorn caps have a dough acorn.
- If you have extra dough you can use cut it into shapes with cookie cutters to make hanging ornaments.
- Once all your dough is used and laid on a cookie sheet, let air dry for about 24 hour. Depending on the thickness of your dough it might take more drying time.
- Using a glue gun, attach the caps to the appropriate dough acorns. Tie string around the caps and hang your garland.
This is a fun little project that doesn’t take much time, but creates a really nice final product. I have received many compliments on my garland! I had leftover dough so I created some Christmas tree ornaments using cookie cutters, which I repurposed into air fresheners after the holiday season. They are still hanging in my closets and china cabinet:)
This little garland is a perfect way to celebrate fall without going overboard! And it looks great hanging up all year;)