As told by Beth, “This project grew spontaneously, as my daughter Ella and her friend Kate noticed acorns on the ground. They wanted to make something with them and the supplies we had in the yard and around the house. Next thing I knew we were gathered around the dining room table, spontaneously making these sweet little natural villages.”
- Acrylic paint
- Fine paintbrushes
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Bendable paper clips or U shaped pins (found in a fabric store)
- A jar with a top or lid
- Moss, soil, or other natural materials from outside
- Floral arranging foam (optional)
- Fill the bottom of the jar with an inch or more of soil and create a “landscape” with moss or other natural materials.
- Pop the top off of the acorn and hot glue a bent paper clip or U shaped pin onto the the end where the cap had been. Allow glue to harden. An easy place to keep the “house” while cooling is upside down in a candlestick.
- Using the clip as a handle, paint the acorn “house”. The very top could be left bare to help with glue adhesion, though not a must.
- Allow paint to dry (easiest by sticking the pin into floral foam while drying) and hot glue the acorn cap (your roof) onto the top.
- Dampen soil, but do not saturate.
- Once paint is dry, “plant” the houses in the landscape.
- Cover with lid and place in a special location with moderate light.
Thanks to Beth from Olliebop for the fun craft idea. I can’t wait to do this with my kids! It will be fun to make an elf village for Christmas!
Originally published on November 29, 2011. Last Updated on May 15, 2021 by Amy Locurto