DIY Golden Acorns "GATHER" Sign


When my mom had tree trimming done in her yard, I asked her to collect some acorns for me. I had no idea what I wanted to use them for, but I just had to have some. She brought me a bag and I immediately got to work fancying them up with gold Rub 'n Buff so that they would have a new, gilded look!
diy golden acorns gather sign, chalk paint, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
I wasn't exactly sure what to do with my golden acorns so I slept on it for a few days. (Not on the acorns. That would be painful.) After rummaging around in my craft supplies, I came up with a great idea for a fall decor piece. I immediately got to work painting a wooden plaque that I had on hand.
diy golden acorns gather sign, chalk paint, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
Then I used my cutting machine to make a stencil that reads "GATHER," with the "A" replaced by a squirrel. You know those guys are crazy for acorns.
diy golden acorns gather sign, chalk paint, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
I applied the vinyl stencil and painted over it in a color different from the base color I'd already painted on the plaque.
diy golden acorns gather sign, chalk paint, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
After the paint dried, I removed the vinyl letters to reveal the words on the plaque. I then gave the finish a distressed look with wax.
diy golden acorns gather sign, chalk paint, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
Finally, I glued my acorns to leather cording and attached it to the plaque.
diy golden acorns gather sign, chalk paint, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
And that's it!
diy golden acorns gather sign, chalk paint, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
If you're interested in making a sign like this but don't have a cutting machine, check out my blog for ideas on how you can replicate the look without! You'll also find a full supply list and instructions for preserving natural acorns. Thanks for visiting!
Bre @ Average But Inspired

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  • Sandi
    on Oct 28, 2015

    I'll have to wait until next year to give your great idea a try. My mom also gathered acorns for me. (she's 82, no less) I had plans to dry them, per a blog I'd found, but waited too long. I opened the bag they were in and I didn't have worms, I had mold! Icky, fuzzy mold. Next year I will definitely try the oven drying method before I try making them as beautiful as yours!

  • Diena Cameron
    on Oct 30, 2015

    This is such a darling idea, i just love it. I wish i could get my hands on some acorns around here but they just don't grow here as far as i know. Any chance you are selling some ?? lol

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