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This DIY acorn necklace craft is perfect for fall! Children will strengthen fine motor muscles while they craft a necklace to wear all season long.
Are you looking for a fun new craft to add to your fall preschool theme? Look no further! Preschoolers will love strutting around wearing this adorable necklace they made themselves.
Acorns are fascinating! It’s so cool to think that a giant oak tree can grow from a tiny acorn. Your kids will love making this fun craft!
Add it to your autumn, nature, seeds/trees, or letter Aa preschool and kindergarten lesson plans.
Acorn Necklace Craft
Teach your kids a little bit about acorns before starting this fun craft.
- Acorns are the fruit of oak trees.
- Oak trees can produce as many as 1000 acorns each year.
- Most acorns are about the size of a bouncy ball.
- Inside each acorn, is a seed that can grow into a tree.
What You’ll Need
- acorn caps
- notebook paper
- embroidery thread
- small screwdriver
- bakers twine
- glass bead (optional)
What You’ll Do
Hunt for acorn caps (or buy some if you don’t have an oak tree nearby)! Grab a few more than you need in case any break while you’re trying to make your hole for the twine to go through.
Tear about ⅓ off of your sheet of notebook paper. Crumple it and uncrumple it several times so it gets softer and easier to make into a ball.
Make the crumpled notebook paper into a round ball that fits nicely inside your acorn cap.
Cut your embroidery thread into several 3 foot long pieces.
Spread a thin layer of glue over the whole paper ball.
Start wrapping the thread around the ball slowly, turning it slightly as you go so on each rotation around, you cover up more of the white paper gaps.
Repeat, gluing the paper gaps slightly as you start each new string and continue until the whole paper ball is covered in the embroidery thread.
Lightly glue each thread end as you go.
Cut the stem off of your acorn cap.
Turn the acorn cap upside down and poke several holes in the middle with a pushpin.
This weakens the middle and will hopefully prevent the cap from cracking in the next step.
Take a small screwdriver and twist it into the middle of the acorn cap while pushing down gently until you’ve bored a small hole through the cap.
If your cap breaks, no worries, just try it again and next time poke more holes with the pushpin.
Take your desired length of bakers twine, fold it in half, twist the ends together and thread them through the acorn cap going through the underside and coming out the top.
Pull it partially through, tie a knot on the inside portion of the twine end so that it doesn’t slip through the hole.
Optional: Thread a glass bead over both ends of the twine and slide it down so it finishes off the top of the acorn cap.
Tie the two ends of the bakers twine into a knot.
Grab that paper ball that you covered in embroidery thread and hot glue it to the underside of the acorn cap and your necklace is complete!
BOOKS ABOUT ACORNS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool acorn books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Little Acorn – This beautifully illustrated story will delight children and parents alike, and also offers a perfect introduction to the life cycle of trees.
Because of an Acorn – Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.
Acorn to Oak Tree – This book takes readers step by step through the life cycle of this stunning addition to our landscape.
Round Out YourUnit with These Activities
This set of ten wooden acorns is the perfect toy to expand your child’s imagination. They are the perfect addition to any play setting. Add them to your sensory bins, kitchens or loose part play. The play opportunities are truly endless!
Nature is the greatest teacher and offers up the best materials to play with. This nature table loose parts set contains a great variety of nature pieces that kiddos will love to explore. Especially great for a classroom as it contains all the basics.