Natural DIY Acorn marble ornaments are fun Christmas crafts and decorations that will help you add a little rustic bling to your Christmas tree.
Homemade Acorn marble ornaments are a simple nature craft that kids can help make for the Christmas tree. Put these gorgeous rustic natural DIY ornaments on your Christmas craft list this year!
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How to Make Acorn Ornaments
When my daughter and I made acorn marble necklaces, we thought they would also be fabulous, made into DIY Christmas ornaments. Make these easy homemade Christmas ornaments with your children, and add a little holiday bling to your Christmas tree! Our tree looks gorgeous with acorn ornaments with colorful marbles spread all about.
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Acorn Marble Ornament Craft Supplies
- Acorn caps
- Marbles; we used red marbles, green marbles, blue marbles, ice blue marbles, and clear marbles. Or, try dogs’ eye marbles, glow in the dark marbles–or this lovely collection of green and blue marbles.
- Glue gun and glue sticks or E6000 Craft Adhesive
Baked DIY Marble Ornaments Option
For even more fun, bake glass marbles and allow them to cool before making them into acorn necklaces or acorn ornaments. Baking marbles gives them a gorgeous cracked look that catches the eye.
We prefer dogs’ eye marble ornaments to be left unbaked, while clear colored marbles and cats’ eye marble acorn charms look excellent with baked marbles. Learn how to bake marbles, and make baked marble ornaments with acorn caps with the video and directions below.
How to Bake Marbles for Acorn Ornaments
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Natural Acorn Marble Christmas Ornaments Step by Step Tutorial
Step 1 – Collect acorns to make acorn ornaments.
First, go on a nature hunt to find some acorn caps to make rustic acorn ornaments. Look around and underneath oak trees, and you should see a bunch. Please remember, different varieties of oak will have not only different shaped leaves but slightly different acorns. Happy hunting!
Play with your marbles and acorn caps to see which acorn caps will fit a marble. Not all acorn caps will work correctly on any given marble. Some acorn caps are too big for marble ornaments, while others are too small. Some large acorn caps will fit a shooter marble if you would like to make your DIY acorn marble ornaments a little larger.
There are several varieties of oak that grow near where we live. So we found quite a stash of different types of acorn caps to make into homemade marble ornaments–look at them all!
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Step 2 – Drill holes into The acorn caps
Drill two holes into the acorn cap on either side of the stem or where the branch was. See the photos below.
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Step 3 – String twine onto each acorn cap to make a hanger for each acorn ornament
Cut as many 4 to 6 inch sections of twine as you need for the number of acorn caps and marbles you have paired together. Of course, shorter string sections look the best, but it depends on the size and type of the Yule or Christmas tree on which you will hang your acorn ornaments.
When we made our acorn necklaces, we strung them to tie them to the length we wanted. In other words, the knot was outside of the acorn cap. We opted to glue the knot inside the acorn cap of each acorn marble ornament for these Christmas ornaments so that they would look better on the Christmas tree.
First, thread a 4 to 6-inch section of jute twine through the holes you pre-drilled into the acorn cap. Next, tie it together so that the knot is on the inside of the acorn. Look at the photo below to “see” how we secured the ornament hanger onto the acorn cap.
For more photos, check out our Acorn Marble Necklaces.
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Step 4 – Glue marbles into each acorn cap to finish each acorn Christmas ornament
Use a glue gun to place a dollop of glue inside the acorn cap and quickly place a marble into it before the glue dries.
We have discovered that some marbles pop out after a while if you use a glue gun. If you want to ensure that this does not happen, I recommend you use E6000 Craft Adhesive.
Safety first! It is toxic, so please follow the manufactures directions if you choose to use it. We only use it outside and allow it to dry outdoors without any kids nearby.
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Handmade Rustic DIY Christmas Ornaments
DIY rustic acorn marble ornaments make an excellent Christmas craft and decoration for the Christmas tree. You might also enjoy this list of homemade Christmas Ornaments–click on the link to see them all! Making homemade Christmas ornaments is an activity the whole family can enjoy together.
Handmade nature crafts like this also make a great hostess gift idea. Speaking of gift ideas, be sure to check out our Ultimate Gift Guide with DIY and ready-made ideas for the whole family!
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