How to make beautiful fall ornaments with spray paint
Today’s seasonal craft is about beautiful golden painted acorns. Autumn is a wonderful season which invites you for long walks and mindful collecting. There are many different pieces of nature to pick and save for crafting. Chesnuts make beautiful animals whilst pine cones look lovely as table setting decoration. Dried leaves of all colours are great for making textured paintings with the kids. And of course – the acorns! As we walked through the forest I collected a handful with a couple of beautifully shaped dry branches. There’s no need to break anything off of the trees, it just falls to the ground naturally. All you need to do is collect.
How to paint the acorns
To make the acron craft even more ‘autumn-y’, I got a high quality golden decorating spray paint. You can use all kinds of colours from bronze and silver to reds and yellows. For me the gold tone was the perfect fall option. It looks equally beautiful on branches as well so one spray paint will be more than enough to decorate the branch as well as the acorns and pine cones. The only other thing you’ll need is a silver thread and some strong transparent glue.
The final decoration is ideal for the porch decoration, hallway or the thanksgiving table. Plus it will only take you under an hour to bring the idylic autumn atmosphere inside your home. Here is how!
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- a handful of acorns (the bottom and the top)
- a couple of dry branches
- a few pine cones (optional)
- golden metallic thread
- fast-dry high-gloss finish metallic spray paint
- a strong transparent glue
- a pair of gloves
- some old newspapers
- face mask (optional)
How to paint the acorns and branches
Acorn crafts are so enjoyable and versatile! Prepare the handful in a bowl and gently remove the cap from each one. Keep them on the side because once the acrons have been painted, you’ll glue them back in place. Take old newspapers and spread them on the floor. Make sure that before using the spray paint you cover your face and ideally do the painting outside. Spray paint has a very strong chemical scent to it and you don’t want to be inhaling it, especially not in poorly ventilated place. Also, use gloves to stop the paint getting onto your skin.
After you’ve placed the newspapers on the floor, place the acorns on top. Clean each branch gently with a piece of tissue to remove any dust or debris and place them next to the acorns. Now you can begin spraying the paint on one side of each piece. Shake the container well before beginning and then spray from approx. 10 cm distance. Each element will need to be sprayed from one side at the time. To do that, allow the first side to dry for a couple of minutes. Afterwards turn each element to the other side and spray again until it’s fully covered with gold paint. Leave for another 2 minutes or so.
Putting the ornaments together
Second step is to glue the caps back onto each golden acorn. Take a cap, fill it lightly with a strong glue and place on top of the golden acorn. Hold for a minute until the glue dries. Repeat this with all acorns.
The last step is to attach a golden thread to the acorn cap so you can hang them onto the branch. Cut approx. 15 cm pieces of the metallic thread, one for each acorn. Fold it in half and make a knot with the ends. Then apply a drop of glue to the top of the acorn and attach the knot. Hold for a minute until the glue dries and repeat with all painted acorns. Finally, arrange the painted branches in a stylish vase and hang the acorns around evenly!
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