This Thanksgiving, be thankful that the squirrels didn't get all the acorns scattered around your yard. The caps can be used to adorn napkin rings for the holiday table, no matter what your decor.
Painting the caps gold and pairing them with gold jingle bells and brown velvet ribbon makes for an elegant presentation.
Replace the acorns with fuzzy, felted wool beads, and the look is more rustic and homey.
And don't forget the kids' table.
Borrow some of their Play-Doh to make acorn-shaped molds for melted crayons, and you can make mini crayons topped with acorn caps, perfect for a predinner game of tic-tac-toe.
Elegant acorn cap napkin rings
•Gold acrylic paint, paintbrush
•Large gold jingle bells
•Brown velvet ribbon
•Brown hair elastic bands
•Needle and thread
1. Paint acorn caps gold, let dry.
2. Use a push pin to make two holes on one side of each acorn cap.
3. Cut ribbon into 9-inch lengths and tie into bows. Thread the needle and sew an acorn cap to the middle of each bow.
4. Sew each bow to a hair elastic.
5. Glue a jingle bell to each cap.
Rustic acorn cap napkin rings
•Felt or a discarded felted wool sweater
•Needle and thread
1. Roll a piece of wool roving into a ball approximately the size of a golf ball, or about twice as big as an acorn.
2. Hold the ball of roving in one hand and run your hand under hot water. Add a drop of dish soap and very gently pass the ball of roving back and forth from one hand to the other until it starts to hold its shape.
3. Gently roll the ball around in your cupped hands until the wool fibers start to felt together. Continue for about five minutes, increasing the pressure with your hands. Allow felt ball to dry.
4. Glue the felt ball onto the acorn cap.
5. Cut a strip of felt or felted wool from the sweater, approximately 1.5-by-6 inches.
6. Sew a button to one end of the felt strip and make a slit in the other end for a buttonhole.
7. Sew the felted wool acorn to the center of the strip by passing the needle through the back and forth through the back of the felt ball.
Crayon acorn cap napkin rings
•Broken crayons, approximately one crayon per acorn
•Glass jar or tin can
1. Insert a push pin into the top of an acorn to make a small handle. Push the acorn into a lump of Play-Doh and remove carefully, creating an acorn-shaped depression in the clay.
2. Remove paper from crayons and melt over low heat. Use the glass jar or tin can as a double boiler by putting the crayon pieces into the jar or tin and setting it in a saucepan with an inch or two of simmering water.
3. Pour the melted crayons into the Play-Doh mold. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove the clay and rinse any clay bits from the crayon acorn.
4. Use the push pin to make a small hole at the top of two acorn caps.
5. Thread a piece of ribbon through the holes and tie knots at either end to secure the ends inside the acorn caps.
6. Glue the crayon acorns into the caps.