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!
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?