Heidi Samia | Eleanor Rose Home
Crafting your own fall garland is an opportunity to decorate your home with the spirit of autumn, while also remaining budget friendly and environmentally conscious.
– Real Acorns – Kitchen Twine or Jute String – Cardstock – Leaf Templates – Pencil – Scissors – Hole Punch – European Gold Rub ‘n Buff (optional)
DIY Fall Garland With Acorns Step #1: Collect Acorns
Before you start crafting, take a walk through your local park or woods to collect acorns. Look for ones with intact caps and larger stems.
DIY Fall Garland With Acorns Step #2: Prep Acorns
Once you’ve gathered a sufficient quantity, clean them by rinsing in warm, soapy water and allowing them to dry completely.
DIY Fall Garland With Acorns Step #3: Cut Out Paper Oak Leaves
Using your chosen oak leaf template, trace and cut out oak leaves from the cardstock.
DIY Fall Garland With Acorns Step #4: Crinkle Paper Oak Leaves
Once the leaves are cut out, fold and crinkle them to create a more realistic looking fall leaf.
DIY Fall Garland With Acorns Step #5: Rub 'n Buff Paper Oak Leaves
Use an old brush to apply a small amount of gold Rub ‘n Buff to the paper leaves. Finally, use a hole punch to add a small hole at the top of each leaf for threading onto the twine.
DIY Fall Garland With Acorns Step #6: Thread the Garland
Cut a length of twine or jute string to your desired garland length, leaving some extra on each end for hanging. Begin threading 1-2 oak leaves onto the twine.
DIY Fall Garland With Acorns Step #7: Tie the Acorns to the Garland
Then, place an acorn on top of the oak leaves and tie the twine around the acorn and leaves securing them into place with a double knot.
DIY Fall Garland With Acorns Step #8: Hang the Garland
With all your oak leaves and acorns securely in place, find the perfect spot to display your DIY fall garland!
Yes, you can certainly use artificial ones if you prefer or can’t find real acorns. They often require less maintenance and won’t change in appearance over time, making them a durable option for seasonal decor.
With proper care and storage in a dry place, your garland can last for several seasons. However, keep in mind that real acorns may change in color and texture over time, which I actually think adds to their charm.
I believe that if you fill your home with things you love, love will fill your home.