Leftover Plastic Easter Eggs? Make Fall Acorns and Pinecones

7 Materials
$4
4 Hours
Medium

If like me, you live where the seasons don't really change, you can bring the feel of Fall inside with a little paint and paper magic. All you need are leftover plastic Easter eggs, paint, glue, twine, sequins and scrapbook paper. Let's see how!

Gather Supplies

Acorns:


  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Acrylic Paints (I used Craftsmart from Michaels and Martha Stewart)
  • Sequins
  • Jute Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Tacky Glue ( I used Aleene's Turbo Tacky)

Pinecones:


  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Sequins
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Oval Craft Punch or Digital Cutting Machine (eg Cricut, Silhouette)
Paint The Eggs

The first step is to paint your eggs. I applied the paint directly to the surface and did a couple of coats of dark brown followed by metallic copper. I found it easier to paint separated rather than snapped together. A bamboo skewer is helpful to hold them in place since the top and bottom of my eggs had little holes. I originally planned to leave the tops unpainted since I was going to cover them w/ sequins but went back and painted them.

For Acorns Add Jute Twine and Sequins

Once your eggs are painted, place a dab of hot glue at the seam where the top and bottom join, then wrap jute twine around as shown. When satisfied, dab with hot glue, press, trim.


Starting at the top of your wrapped twine, use tacky glue to adhere your sequins. Aleene's Turbo Tacky grips FAST but dries slower so you have time to position your sequins as needed. You can use hot glue but I hate glue strings (and burns!). Work upwards toward the top.


For the stem, use the jute twine folded over and glued to itself two or three times, measuring about 1 inch and adhere to top of egg with hot glue. Finish your sequins.

To Finish Add One Sequin and Bead to Bottom

I added one of the sequins to the bottom of the acorn along with a small copper bead.

Pinecones

For the pinecones, I painted the tip of the bottom of the plastic egg to coordinate with the sequins I used.


To create the pinecone petals, I cut 1inch ovals using my Cricut Explore Air 2.


Starting at the bottom and using hot glue, start gluing the petals around the egg. Starting with the second row, slightly offset the petals as you work around the egg going up to the top. Depending on whether you want your pinecone open or closed looking, you can glue the other end of the petal down on the previous row of petals.

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1 question
  • Jeri McFadden
    Jeri McFadden
    on Oct 29, 2020

    Great idea but please say how you put the top notch bamboo on the pinecone

    thanks

    • Hi Jeri, Apologies...not sure I'm following. The bamboo skewer shown in the top photo is just to hold the egg in place to paint. It's not actually a part of the project. If that didn't answer your question please let me know!

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  • Carol
    Carol
    on Nov 21, 2020

    Thank you Anna. Have fun w/ them!

  • Sheryl
    Sheryl
    on Nov 21, 2020

    This is just too cool! Mother must have close to 100 plastic eggs in her attic i was going to donate. However, I foresee a fall wreath in the near future!

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