Nature Calls: Burlap Acorns

nature-callsDesigner: Dannyelle Nicolle-Ramjist

Don’t wait for a rainy day to make this nature-inspired display. The acorns get their shape from plastic Easter eggs, which have been covered with burlap and topped with portions cut from pinecones.


  • Plastic Easter egg
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint: brown
  • Artist’s paintbrush
  • Tight-weave burlap
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pinecone
  • Twig


1. Rough up the outer surfaces of each egg with sandpaper. Remove sanding dust.

2. Paint the outside of each egg half with brown paint; let dry.

3. Cut the burlap in a circle large enough to cover two-thirds of the narrower end of the egg, leaving one third at the wider end uncovered. Gather the raw edge of the burlap around the egg and hot-glue in place.

4. Snip off pinecone pieces with scissors. Hot-glue the pieces around the cut edge of the burlap circle in a row. Repeat to add more pinecone- piece rows, overlapping the pieces slightly with each row as you cover the wide end.

5. Cut a 134“-long twig piece. Hot-glue the twig to the wide end of the egg to create a stem.


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