Monogram Acorn Key Chains

acorn 13

There are so many festive wedding possibilities and fall weddings are so colorful! I just love the way the rich browns, deep reds, and bright yellows come together in fall wedding décor. Like I’ve said before, I like to think of new ways to utilize natural materials if I can. If you’re like me, you’ve been seeing acorns everywhere.

That’s why this idea was a no brainer. I’ve seen crafters do some pretty neat things with acorns and after all, they are fall’s (and squirrel’s) favorite accessory. What I thought might be fun and something I haven’t seen before, are acorn keychains. I thought this could work as a really cute and fall themed wedding favor. So I gathered up some acorns and experimented. The end results (I think) turned out great. Go outside and gather some acorns and we’ll get started.

Supplies:

  • Acorns
  • Toothpicks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint Brush
  • Glue Gun
  • Embroidery floss
  • Key chain rings
  • Small jewelry rings
  • Acrylic clear coating spray

 

acorn 1

Step 1: Get your acorns ready for painting by drying them out. There are many different methods to this, but you can just stick them in the oven at a low temp with the door cracked for a couple hours. This will ensure your acorns won’t mold or creep out your wedding guests with unwanted inhabitants.

After drying, the tops will most likely come off of the acorn. This is perfect. We actually want the top to come off for this project so if they didn’t pop off during the drying process, go ahead and pull them apart.

Step 2: Grab your paint brush and paints. Paint a light layer onto the acorn.

acorn 2

Step 3: This step is if you want to monogram your acorn. Wait about 30 seconds after painting, then take your toothpick and scratch your desired letters in the paint.

acorn 3

acorn 4

Step 4: Grab a small and thick length of embroidery floss and loop it through your jewelry ring. Make a double knot.

acorn 5

acorn 6

Step 5: Cut off any extra length.

acorn 7

Step 6: Stick the floss with the ring attached under the acorn top and measure where you’ll want to place the ring.

acorn 8

Step 7: Once you’ve found a good placement, glue the floss to the inside of your acorn top making sure the ring sticks out.

acorn 9

acorn 10

Step 8: Glue the top on your acorn.

acorn 11

A tip here: don’t be discouraged if the top isn’t fitting exactly right. The floss on the inside can make the fit a bit wonky. Just push it down and well as you can when gluing and if you’ve scratched any paint off, touch up those spots when you’re done.

Step 9: Attach your keychain ring to the small jewelry ring.

acorn 12

Step 10: Take your acorns outside and spray them with a light layer of the clear acrylic coating. This gives them a glossy, nice finish. Allow them to dry.

Once your acorns have dried, your keychains should be ready to go! I hope you enjoyed making them and your guests like them just as much. Have a happy season.

acorn 13

 

Additional Resources
Find Amazing Vendors