DIY Nature Pendant Necklace

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This post was originally published on my old site Four Flights Of Fancy in August of 2011.  It is one of the funnest and most sentimental DIY projects I’ve done, so thought I’d share it with you all.  I hope you like this new to here DIY!

It occurred to me after we were already driving home that we probably shouldn’t have taken a few of the acorns we found on our trail hike.  At the minimum we probably broke some sort of nature center law and/or etiquette about leaving nature exactly as we had found it.  Aside from rule breaking though, we probably caused a squirrel to have to work a little harder for his meal that day, which does make me a little sad.

When we get home Syd wanted to immediately glue his acorns to a piece of paper.  Never wanting to be the domineering arts and crafts task master, I let him create his master piece of glue, paint dots and acorns.  I set one perfect acorn aside though and vowed that the poor little squirrels extra hard work that day would not be in vain.  So I made a necklace.  And painted it gold.  Because really, you can put some glittery gold paint on just about anything and call it fashion right?  Just like you can put a bird on anything and call it art.  All kidding aside, it is a sweet little nougat of a reminder of our good day.

(note, the cute little top of your acorn may come off when you drill, which is fine.  Just add a spot of glue from your hot glue gun and it’ll be good as new).  Also, wanted to mention that to speed up drying, just hit it with a blow-dryer for a few minutes.

I wanted to be extra fancy so I bought myself some real expensive gold filled chain.  Nothing but the best for my cute little acorn :)  Seriously though, the chain was less than $9 on sale and I figure I can use it for all sorts of fun pendants in the future.  But if you want there are plenty of cute chain options for as cheap as $1.50/ft.

Fun stuff huh?  Best part is this little gem took less than 20 minutes to make.  I love my little acorn nugget and Syd gets a kick out of it too.  I figure you can take lots of different things you’d find on a nature walk and turn it into a pendant.  A little shell, or even a pretty little twig painted gold and wrapped in filament wire would be so cool.

Happy Trails to you and yours!


Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

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