This blog is updated in 2020
2020 had been a tough year, but life should go on. Today we will talk about how to create a beautiful inexpensive thanksgiving tabletop display using all-natural materials like acorns, twigs, and sweetgum seed pods(Things you can get from your garden or park at the corner for FREE!). I love how simple and easy this autumn DIY table setting idea is, but how easily it could be dressed up or down. Just make a strand or two for a simple display or string 10 to 12 for a decoration far more dramatic, inside which you can nestle additional flowers, feathers, or fruit. I hope you’ll enjoy this centerpiece on a budget project!
Acorn Ornament Materials
- acorn nuts and tops
- narrow ribbon (These are prime options with free shipping, & will arrive by tomorrow!)
- household glue
Twig Tree Materials
- branchy twig
- wood base (log slice, driftwood, block, etc.)
- household glue (What I use for all my craft projects, and it is on discount now!)
- embroidery thread (These are the cheapest options with good reviews.)
- sweetgum (liquidambar styraciflua) seedpods, or other non-perishable fruit, nut, or seed
- oven-safe container
- old towel or fabric you don’t mind destroying, folded several times to be at least 3″ thick (I used burlap)
- power drill and bits (one teeny tiny — I used a 3/32″ — and one the diameter of the twig)
- scissors (You need a strong one if you are into crafts!)
- heavy-gauge florists’ wire or a large needle
1. To make a twig tree, drill a hole in your chosen wood base 2″ deep and the diameter of the twig. Fill the hole with a dollop of
household glue, then adds the twig.
2. To make the acorn ornaments, twist the acorn nuts out of their tops and bake them in an oven-safe container for 2 hours at 200F. This should put an end to anything that might be living inside.
3. Meanwhile, select an acorn top and place it concave-side-up on the folded fabric. With caution, use the power drill to put a hole through the center of the acorn top (you may drill into the fabric a bit; that’s why it’s there). Repeat this process until you have many nicely drilled tops. Sort through your baked acorn nuts to find those that fit snugly inside the drilled tops. Carefully set these matching acorn nuts aside.
4. Next, cut about an 8″ length of ribbon and fold it into a loop. Tie a knot in the ribbon about 1″ below the loop, then thread the
loose ends through the hole in an acorn top.
5. Tie these ends together several times to form a loose knot inside the acorn top. Fill the acorn top with a dollop of household glue and snip off any ribbon extending past the edges of the acorn top. Then place the matching acorn nut inside. Repeat this process until you have as many ornaments as you like. When the glue is thoroughly dry, hang them on a twig tree.
6. To make a sweetgum seedpod garland, drill through the seedpods as you did the acorn tops. Cut a length of embroidery thread a bit longer than you’d like your final garland, then begin stringing seedpods (a folded length of heavy-gauge florists’ wire or a large needle is handy for this). Depending on the size of your seedpods, you’ll need about 10 per foot. Tie off the first and last seedpods. If desired, finish with a length of ribbon or bow.
7. Finally, place the acorn ornament-laden twig trees on your table and arrange the garland in a winding path around them.