Here’s a DIY acorn marble necklace tutorial that makes an easy acorn craft idea for kids and adults. A marble necklace with an acorn charm makes a lovely gift idea, and party favor kids can help make.
Make gorgeous acorn jewelry with this easy acorn marble necklace DIY jewelry-making tutorial! Acorn jewelry, like this acorn pendant necklace, makes an excellent homemade gift idea for a friend, parent, grandparent, or teacher. DIY marble jewelry made with acorn caps and marbles also makes a fun birthday party favor that kids can help make. Or, make acorn marble ornaments for the Christmas tree with our easy step-by-step tutorial.
The marble jewelry DIY tutorial below gives step-by-step instructions to make an acorn necklace with marbles and natural acorn caps. For even more fun, bake glass marbles and allow them to cool before making acorn charms or a baked marble acorn necklace. Just follow the simple step-by-step directions and video tutorials below. Making an acorn pendant necklace is a fun acorn craft for kids and adults of all ages! Or, learn how to start and finish a beaded necklace or bracelet.
Acorn Necklace Meaning
As the seed of an oak tree, an acorn worn as a necklace can symbolize strength and the source of potential within each one of us. Even the tallest, mightiest oak tree began its journey as an acorn.
“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”~Unknown
You can see another beautiful lucky acorn necklace with a harmony ball inside–> HERE. We gave one to my daughter’s Waldorf teacher after her first year of teaching, and she loved it!
How to Make an Acorn Pendant Necklace with a Marble
Unless you have an ample supply of acorns and acorn caps on hand, you will probably need to go on a nature hunt to collect some acorns to use to make a gorgeous marble necklace.
Look around oak trees, and you should find plenty of real genuine acorn caps that might work to make a homemade acorn charm, depending on their sizes!
If oak trees do not grow in your area, we have included affiliate links to authentic acorn crafts and DIY jewelry supplies that should work to make an acorn pendant necklace.
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DIY Marble Necklace Acorn Jewelry Supplies
- Acorn caps; try THESE acorn caps or THESE or THESE
- Marbles; we used THESE, or you can try THESE
- Multi-colored hemp cord or dark hemp cord, or waxed cotton cord
- Glue gun with glue sticks or E6000 Craft Adhesive (recommended)
Please Note: Marbles with an iridescent finish (often sold at dollar stores) are toxic because they can contain traces of lead or cadmium. So, please DO NOT allow children to play with marbles with an iridescent coating, make crafts with them, or wear necklaces. Choose from the glass marbles listed in the supplies above to protect children from dangerous toxins.
DIY Acorn Pendant Necklace Step by Step Video Tutorial
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Baked Marble Acorn Charm Necklace Option
For even more fun, bake glass marbles and allow them to cool before making acorn charms or an acorn necklace with them. Baking marbles gives the unique cracked look you see in some of the acorn marble pendants pictured.
We prefer dogs’ eye marble necklaces left unbaked, while clear multi-colored marbles and cats’ eye marble acorn charms for acorn ornaments and acorn jewelry look amazing with baked marbles. Learn how to bake marbles, and make baked marble necklaces with acorn caps, with the directions below.
How to Bake Marbles for Acorn Jewelry
Find written directions to learn how to bake marbles HERE.
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Acorn Marble Necklace Nature Craft Step-by-Step Directions
Making marble jewelry is fun for kids and adults of all ages. Make a collection of gorgeous acorn pendant necklaces, or just one acorn marble necklace, with this fun DIY jewelry-making tutorial.
Step 1 – Find an acorn cap that will fit a marble to make each acorn pendant necklace.
- Not all acorn caps will work to make a DIY marble necklace. Some acorn caps are too small to make an acorn pendant necklace, while other acorn caps are too large for your average marble to make acorn jewelry.
- Large acorn caps can sometimes fit a shooter marble. My husband loves the large shooter marble necklace we made him for Father’s Day.
- Tip: When you match up a marble with an acorn cap, place them together in an egg carton, muffin tin, or ice cube tray until you are ready to make each acorn pendant necklace. Otherwise, you will have to figure out which marble went with each acorn cap all over again when it is time to glue the acorn necklace together in step 5.
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Step 2 – Cut the jewelry cord for each acorn charm necklace.
- Count the acorn caps and marbles you have paired up to make marble jewelry, and cut the same number of jewelry cord strands to make necklaces with acorn caps and marbles. We like to use hemp or waxed cotton in sections 26 to 32 inches long.
- You will need to match the number of sections of jewelry cord with each acorn pendant you have paired to create each acorn charm necklace.
- In other words, if you have paired 15 marbles and acorn caps, cut 15 sections of cord that are AT LEAST 26 inches long to make DIY acorn jewelry.
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Step 3 – Drill acorn caps to make an acorn charm for each marble necklace.
- Drill two holes into each acorn cap on either side of the stem or branch. You can see daddy and daughter working in the photograph below to make an acorn pendant necklace.
- We are raising a helper, so we have our daughter help us with everything. She loves working with us and learning how to use mommy and daddy’s tools. (Photo below)
- Either carefully hold onto the acorn cap like my husband in the photo below, or place the acorn cap down on a piece of wood scrap so it won’t matter if you drill into it a bit.
- Note: Please don’t forget to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes when you make DIY acorn jewelry! Someone I know had a bit of acorn dust fly into her eye while drilling acorn caps for marble jewelry. Please don’t repeat our mistake!
Step 4 – Thread the necklace cord through the holes in each acorn cap to make an acorn pendant.
- Thread hemp cord, or waxed cotton cord, through the holes in each acorn cap and tie the ends of the string together to finish each DIY necklace with an acorn marble pendant.
- Make sure the acorn charm necklace can fit over the head before tying it together so you can take it on and off.
- Hop over to have a look at how to make acorn marble ornaments to see another way that you can tie an acorn necklace together.
Step 5 – Glue a marble into each Natural acorn cap to make each Genuine acorn charm Pendant.
- Use a glue gun to place a dollop of glue inside each acorn cap and quickly place a marble into it before the glue dries. Unfortunately, we have discovered that the marbles can sometimes come unglued and pop out of the acorn cap when you make the acorn cap necklace.
- Update: If you want to be sure that the marble does not pop out of the acorn pendant necklace, we recommend E6000 Craft Adhesive. It is EXTREMELY toxic, so please follow the manufactures directions if you choose to use it. We use it outside without any children nearby. Safety first!
Acorn Marble Necklace DIY Jewelry Making Project
My daughter loves to wear DIY marble jewelry and give away acorn marble necklace jewelry to the first person that admires it. We have turned it into a “pay it forward” “random act of kindness” project.
I was so proud of her the first time she spontaneously gave away acorn jewelry that I encouraged her to do it again. I told her we have plenty and can always make more, and she happily agreed.
Since then, it has been a magical experience watching someone receive an acorn necklace with a marble in it. Both young and old wear acorn cap necklaces with marbles with pride.
They make a gorgeous piece of handmade jewelry when worn as a necklace. Acorn cap pendants also make lovely window decorations and are great gifts and birthday party favors too!
Random Act of Kindness
When I picked my daughter up from our local Waldorf Kindergarten a few years ago, she wore marble jewelry that we DID NOT make!
My mouth fell to the floor as I grabbed the acorn necklace and exclaimed, “Oh my goodness! Who made this acorn charm necklace for you? What a fun surprise!”
It turns out this mother and son saw OUR marble jewelry DIY and decided to make acorn jewelry for the ENTIRE kindergarten class–what a special gift of kindness!
I was shocked, surprised, and so pleased that my daughter received an acorn necklace made by someone else–thank you, Lucas!!
His mother had no idea that the inventor of this acorn craft was her son’s new classmate’s mother. We had a good laugh and gave each other a big hug.
Now that’s paying it forward–whatever you give, will eventually make its way back to you–lol!!
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Acorn Jewelry Idea: Marble Necklace Acorn Craft and Gift Idea
An acorn pendant necklace is a gorgeous piece of acorn jewelry. A marble necklace made with a genuine acorn cap makes a great gift idea for a friend, parent, or teacher. They also make lovely birthday party favors.
We handed out our most recent DIY acorn necklaces at my daughter’s 7th birthday party, which were a HUGE hit!
With this acorn jewelry-making tutorial, you can make an acorn marble pendant for a necklace or use them to create unique acorn ornaments to hang in a window or on a Christmas tree.
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