When I decided to get back into blogging, I made a promise to myself to include the good, the bad, and the ugly within my posts. Well folks, I have a DIY FAIL to share with you today. It could have been worse, I suppose, but I’m not thrilled with the time spent for the end result.
We have hundreds of tiny acorns all over our driveway this time of the year. So many that I often think I have a flat tire as I pull into and out of the garage! I was wondering if there was something cute for the fall season I could do with the survivors that had not fallen victim to our cars, so naturally I decided to check out Pinterest. There it was – the perfect idea – glittery acorns! Someone had pinned some super cute, glitter-painted, autumnal-colored acorns and suggested they would look excellent in vases for a fall wedding. I thought they’d make a cute centerpiece, so I clicked, thinking there would be some step by step instructions on how I could create these adorable little acorns myself. NOPE. It was a dead link to an Etsy shop that stated the item was no longer for sale. After attempting these on my own, I now have some very strong suspicions as to why this Etsy seller stopped producing them (hint: GIANT PAIN!)
So I was on my own in terms of creating these cute little acorns. My first step was to collect as many as I could find that had not been smashed or cracked. I separated the caps from the nuts, as I had decided to leave the caps in their natural, un-glittered form. After seeing a tiny little buggy on one of them, I decided it would be important to ensure my future gorgeous centerpiece wasn’t a home to a critter family, so I baked my acorn haul at 250 degrees for a couple of hours, stirring every 30 mins. A few of them did crack from the heat, so those were tossed aside. Little did I know, baking acorns would be the easiest portion of the project.
After the completion of the baking, it was time to start spray
painting. I selected a nice fall gold and a red color, both Krylon Glitter Blast, as well as a clear coat sealer, as I was originally certain this would be a centerpiece I’d want to last for awhile. Spray paint is easy, right? Sure, as long as what you’re spraying isn’t so light that the force of the spray makes your target move around. Sigh. A step I had not intended to include – gluing the baked acorns to paper so they’d remain in place for painting.
Okay, fine. I got over it, put a tiny drop of hot glue on the top of each acorn, and stuck them on paper in preparation for the spray paint. I figured it would be okay if any paper stuck to them, since I intended to glue the caps back on to each of them anyway. This proved to be accurate, thankfully. I did two coats of each color and then a clear coat. The ones I sprayed evenly and thoroughly looked good. The others, yeah – not great.
Alright, so my glittery acorns dried quickly thanks to this nice fall weather we’re experiencing and then it was time to start matching tops for hot gluing. I also thought this would be way easy and surprise – it wasn’t. Some of my little acorns look like little kids wearing their dads’ hats and others are clearly too large for their caps. Alas, I continued, after all, it’s just a centerpiece, right? Nobody is going to stare through the glass and evaluate each nut…at least I hope not. After realizing that I had far fewer tops than bottoms, I also decided to start throwing some in without caps. I suppose I could go back out onto the driveway and collect more so there aren’t any cap-less acorns in my centerpiece, but I’m not sure that I’ll bother. I may not even complete this project and may trade all the glittery materials for their natural versions. TBD.
Alright, so after all of the “matches” had been made, I gave everything a little time to dry. After that, I started carefully placing everything into the bottom of a hurricane vase I purchased for this purpose. (Similar version available here.) Side note: I had not worked with a hot glue gun for several years and had forgotten the messy, spiderweb-ish strings one creates. Unfortunately, some of these “webs” are now inside of my glass. I’ll go back and pick them out later…maybe.
So, here’s my disappointing, semi-final product. Maybe it’s the fact that I didn’t include an orange color paint, but I feel like my fall acorns look more representative of Christmas. I don’t love that. I had also intended to do a second set to completely fill up the glass and surround the candle, but as I mentioned before, I may ditch them all and just use natural (but baked!) acorns. Or, I may just wait until Christmas and find some cheap bulbs to throw in instead and be done. Suggestions on what to do or how to salvage this project?