This is a fun little holiday craft that I did with my kids. We are always picking up little specimens up from outside. Rocks, leaves, flower petals and acorns. We trade these in for points at the nature center during the summer. Lately though we have had an over abundance of acorns and it knew just what I wanted to do with them.
I have a set of glittered paper acorns in my shop and wanted to make a real version of that this year. I also love to use things that I have around the house. Anything to avoid another trip to the craft store. We have been making crystals a lot from different things and found out that borax leaves a nice and glittery finish. I decided to try that on the acorns instead of glitter. For one thing, a huge box is only like $3 dollars so it is a lot cheaper than glitter.
I dissolved some borax in hot water and let that cool. Then I dropped the acorn caps in and let them sit for a bit. They tend to float so you have to stir them for full coverage. After I pulled them out I sprinkled some more borax on top. The sprinkled stuff stayed white but as they dried the soaked in borax left a fun sparkly overlay behind.
I used glue dots and a felt pompom to stand in for the actual acorns. Felted ones look great too but I love these too. Plus, a lot easier than hand felting something.
These make lovely vase fillers and I saved some for that. The rest I strung up with red twine for a quick little holiday garland. I love the delicate touch of color it adds to my mantle.