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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Acorns and pine cone napkin rings - sit down with the kids and have some fun!

Squirrels aren't the only ones who can tap an oak tree's potential. For pretty napkin ties that evoke the harvest season, attach acorns or pine cones to a little raffia and you have a sweet table accessory that your guests can take home. For an added special touch, take plain business cards, letter the name of each guest on a card, punch a hole in a corner and thread through the raffia along with the acorns or cones! Use your imagination - let it run wild!

Napkin Ties How-To

1. If the acorns aren't precut (finding your own with a couple of children in tow is more fun), separate the cap from the body of each acorn with a craft knife.
2. Make a small hole in cap with an awl. Thread your raffia through a cap; knot at top.

3. Thread through another cap; knot on both sides. Reattach bodies.

The same idea can be used for pine cones for Christmas, sea shells for a summer BBQ - have the kids put on their thinking caps. I just bet they can come up with dozens of natural goodies to use! Nothing natural? How about three buttons threaded through the raffia?


Leslie said...

Great idea! I've been picking up acorns & chestnuts and putting them around the candle in my hurricane lamp. I see it's 40 degrees for you this morning....brrrr!

Lynn said...

How CUTE!!!
Now all I need is some acorns!

Anonymous said...

Well thank you Mimi for travelling over to my blog. I came over to say thanks and found a basket of delights, sweet ones at that. Now I know where to find all those American treats. I'll be back soon.

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Oh, great idea! Thanks.

Claudie said...

Hello dear MiMI
Just stopping in to say hello. My you have been crafty lately.... love it all.
Love Claudie
How come you don't have URL/NAME anymore. I don't use my google account...tell me why?

Anonymous said...

Oooo! I love this idea! unfortunately I don't have any acorns :( I just love the look of acorns and use the acorn caps for various projects like little hats on fairy dolls.