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30 Oct, 2013

Don’t you just love seasonal decorating on the cheap?

Posted by andrea tomkins in: File under crafty|Oh! Things!

I have a thing for old mason jars, and acorns, so when I’m able to find an opportunity to put them together… WATCH OUT. These jars are are sitting on our front stairs at the moment, waiting for Halloween night to arrive.

Acorn jars

It doesn’t look very exciting at the moment, but picture them illuminating our scarrrry bowls of candy, mini-pumpkins, and a friendly skeleton or two! Bwa ha ha!

This is a versatile little craft. You can tie a yellow ribbon around the lip of the jar to make give it a fall flavour, and once Christmas rolls around you can switch it out for red and green.

We spray-painted some of our acorns gold, just because.

golden acorns

Golden acorns

Crow feet

Pro tips:

  • Get your kids involved in acorn collection. Your knees will thank you.
  • Kids and spray paint don’t mix. I suggest spray painting your acorns (although it is totally up to you whether do choose to do so) in the garage or some other very well ventilated area.
  • Use chopsticks to position the candle in place. The acorns don’t exactly provide an even surface for your tea light.
  • Use long fireplace matches or BBQ lighters to light the candles lest you burn your fingers.

1 Response to "Don’t you just love seasonal decorating on the cheap?"

1 | Javamom

October 31st, 2013 at 10:03 am

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That bird…oh my. Someone in my neighbourhood has a whole flock of them and planted them around the front garden which is now a cemetery… :)

In your case, nice touch to those cute acorns. :)

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