After my DIY Acorn Napkin Rings last week, I was feeling really ambitious and crafty, thanks to Better Homes and Gardens recent September issue. They ran a two-page spread on easy fall decorations and the best part is . . .it costs little to nothing to make everything!
So, I thought I'd try making their other really cute fall project this week: Acorn Picture Frames.
Here's what the BHG version looked like in the magazine:
Is that not the most fun, fall picture frame you've ever seen? The caption to the right says that you can hot glue acorn caps to spruce up a craft picture frame. In this particular craft, they have the frame displaying a dried fall leaf and twig that have been attached to a piece of burlap using the hot glue.
I got to work on making my very own acorn picture frame . . .
The best part . . .
The frame was only $1.99 from my local Goodwill. :)
You'll want to go ahead and put whatever picture/items you'll be displaying in your frame in at this point. This just prevents you from crushing any acorn caps after you have it all glued.
I just made a little simple collage of dried leaves . . . feel free to get creative with yours.
Here are my bags of acorns and acorn caps that hubby and I picked up at a local park
Since I don't have a hot glue gun (gotta' get one of those!), I tried first using this stuff to make my caps stick to the frame. . .
It was a no-go, and made one big gloppy mess.
Then I resorted to the manly glues . . .
And that stuff in the green and gray bottle worked the best for me.
It's called Loctite Super Glue.
(*Be careful as to not get glue on your skin. However, if you do, Nail Polish Remover works great to get rid of the glue callouses. Not that I would know or anything . . . )
So I started strategically placing my acorn caps all over the frame. (*Note: the day I picked acorns, all that was on the ground were mega-sized acorns. You can definitely use smaller ones for this, like the BHG magazine folks did above)
The finished project:
A closer view:
And here it is sittin' pretty with our other fall decor on our front entryway shelf:
Total project cost: $1.99
Be still my thrifty heart.