When I was little I would get all A’s on my report card.
Until you got down to the bottom of the report.
The worst part of the report card. The CONDUCT grade.
I would get a smattering of S’s (satisfactory) and more than my share of U’s (unsatisfactory). And no matter if I was in first grade or second grade or even fifth grade. Each teacher would write the exact same thing.
“KariAnne is such a good student. She’s smart and finishes her homework. But she over-participates in class and she simply talks WAY TOO MUCH.”
I can’t help it. I’m an overtalker. I’m an overdoer. I’m an overachiever (except when it came to paying attention in class). I do everything to the zillionth degree. I literally have 1,785 projects going on in my brain at one time. I go to Pinterest or flip through a magazine or read a book or just walk down the aisle at the craft store and a project pops into my head.
Like when I saw these acorns and these tiny pinecones.
I just had to make THIS.
These DIY wood acorn and pinecone branches.
Good thing they are SO SIMPLE (and almost free to make).
Raise your hand if you understand the whole over-talking and over-projecting situation.
Raise your hand if you’ve been there.
Raise your hand if your brain looks like mine.
If you’re like me, I have a solution for us. A project so cute, so easy, so simple, so doable that you’ll be finished before another project comes knocking.
And all you will need is 10-minutes to make these branches.
Here are the instructions to get started.
Step 1: find your branches
I actually found this branch in the yard. It’s the perfect time of year for finding branches because the leaves are falling and the branches are too. I chose one big oversized branch, but you could also create this craft with several smaller branches, too.
Step 2: find your mini pinecones
This step is actually much harder than it looks. I have the toughest time finding mini pinecones. We don’t really have pinecones here in Texas so you can’t get them from the yard. I also searched high and low at several craft stores and they are super hard to find there, too.
Under $7.00 for 120 of them and you could use them to make this pinecone snowflake as well.
I also found these mini white acorns on Amazon, too.
These are perfect for this project, but you could also use them to make a pinecone wreath (see what I mean about the whole over-projecting thing).
Now you have all your supplies, you’re ready to put it all together.
Step 3: Glue the pinecones and acorns
Now, all that’s left is to glue the pinecones and acorns to the branches.
I added them to the tips of the branches and where branches joined together. Sometimes you have to hold them in place for about 20 seconds until the glue sets up because they are a little heavy for some of the branches.
Keep adding the acorns and pinecones until you have the look of the branches you want.
Now they are ready to decorate with.
Here are a few branch decorating ideas.
Branch decorating idea Number 1:
Here I just laid a branch on the table.
This works really well with one big branch. I actually didn’t even come up with this idea–the branch just decorated itself.
I was going to place it in a glass vase but when I laid it on the tabletop it just looked so pretty.
Almost like a piece of sculpture.
I love fall crafts that decorate themselves.
Branch decorating idea Number 2:
Place branches in a glass vase.
This is where I started with my original decorating idea.
The glass vase is so modern and makes the branches look so high end.
Branch decorating idea Number 3:
Add the branches to a hanging basket with a strap.
Tuck the pinecone branches inside a basket and hang on a door or wall.
Let the branches drape over the sides of the basket.
All those report cards.
All those “U’s.”
And here I am.
Still talking. 🙂
PS I have TONS of fall and Christmas projects planned for the upcoming months.
Deserves an A+. 🙂
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