Inside: Acorn Bells are a sweet addition to gardens, fairy houses, or fall decor—how delightful to have a full bowl on display as the leaves change from green to gold!
As the season changes from summer to autumn, the soft thud of falling acorns can be heard throughout our yard. Acorns, the seeds of the magnificent oak tree, are an important food source for birds and animals. They are also one of my favorite natural materials for crafting. Shared below is our latest nature craft, Acorn Bells.
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At the ages of 5 and 7, my boys still enjoy imaginative play. They scurried about the woods, pretending to be bushy-tailed grey squirrels, filling small baskets with fresh, green acorns. After several days, the acorns dry and the caps easily pop off. We tossed the seeds back into the forest, but kept the caps in a clear mason jar for crafting.
Materials and Directions:
Carefully line the inside of the acorn cap with hot glue. Firmly press it to the top of the bells and allow the glue to harden.
My boys placed Acorn Bells around one of their Fairy Houses and began calling them Fairy Bells. “Fairies are attracted to shiny things!” my youngest son shared. “They will like these because they are shiny acorns that make a sound like Tinker Bell.”