DIY metallic acorns

metallic acorns

when i was a little girl, i’d walk home from the bus stop gathering acorns.  i had no intention of doing anything with them, i just loved collecting them, loved pulling the “hats” off the top, loved the velvety softness of the smooth acorn filling up my sweatshirt pockets.

metallic acorns

recently when i was at my parents’ house, i spotted these little treasures on the ground and took immediately to gathering.

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they sat in a bowl, but looked kind of… meh.

metallic acorns

then i decided to give them just a hint of glimmer with metallic paint.

metallic acorns

i had 4 different metallic shades of metallic paint from deco art – from a super soft silver to a pale gold, copper and an antique gold.

metallic acorns

i pulled off all of the loose “hats” and set them aside.  see how velvety they are?

metallic acorns

i quickly painted the acorns (and my fingers!) with all 4 paints.

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as soon as they dried i used hot glue to attach the hats back on.

metallic acorns

subtle, but so pretty!

metallic acorns

metallic acorns



fall thrift store window display

did you know i moonlight as a window display designer when i’m not a stay-at-home mom?  actually, its more like daylighting, since its always in the day ;)

our school opened a thrift store 1 year ago and i have spent a lot of time investing in it.  my official position there is as a business consultant and display lead.  i get to share my experience of running a business and play with decorating various spaces – its pretty great!


i wanted the windows for november to hint at fall, but not be overwhelmingly obvious.  i added deep pinks and plums to help with that.


i’ve got to figure out some time of day that i don’t get a horrible reflection off those huge windows!  i had a handful of people ask me on instagram how i made the hanging display, so i thought i would share it here.


its been a long time since i bought a bunch of fabric – it was really fun to pull these colors together!  i bought half a yard of each of these colors.


i had been setting aside these giant embroidery hoops (?) at the thrift store, then grabbed some empty frames as well.


i cut each of the half yards into 1″ strips


 then i tied the strips end to end then wrapped the frames.  also, i separated the hoops so i had 2 to use, rather than one.


 i just tied the first end of each strip to the frame and when i finished i either tied the other end to the frame or taped it against the frame – super easy!

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above are most of the other window displays i’ve done over the last year – i’m bummed i forgot to photograph a couple!