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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Colorful Acorn Caps

by Andrea Mulder-Slater, KinderArt.com

We have a lot of natural objects at our home studio. Sticks, twigs, rocks, chestnuts... you name it. But what we always seem to collect, more than anything, are acorns.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I saw a post on the Kiwi Crate website that answered the question: "What can I do with all these acorn caps?!" 

Have a look...

What you need:
  • Acorn caps
  • Washable markers
  • School glue -- the kind that dries clear. We used Crayola.
  • Optional: PlayDoh or homemade play clay (not essential, but helpful).
What you do:

Make sure the acorn caps are clean. Then, start coloring inside the caps using washable markers.



When the colors have been added, place the acorn caps in some PlayDoh, to keep them upright.


Next, start filling each acorn cap with glue. Remember to use school glue - the kind that dries clear. Fill them to the top.


Find a warm place for the glue-filled acorn caps to dry. Set aside for up to 48 hours. Wait. This is the hardest part :)


As the glue starts to dry (after a day), you will see vibrant colors start to appear around the edges of the acorn caps. Be patient because when the glue has dried fully (after a couple of days), this will happen...


Pretty, right?

We're trying to figure out what to do with our colorful caps.



At the moment we're thinking of incorporating them into a collage and using them as flower centers but really, they are lovely just all on their own.

Try it yourself and let us know how it turns out.

Until next time. Keep creating!
~Andrea

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Inspired by the folks at Kiwi Crate: http://www.kiwicrate.com/projects/acorn-cap-jewels/574

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