chalk place card
Now that fall is here, I’ve started making lots of acorn crafts.  For this idea, I needed something larger than the acorns I had collected.  I dug through my craft stash and found foam eggs I had purchased at Dollar Tree last Easter.  By combining the foam eggs with twine, also from Dollar Tree, I was able to make “acorns” that were just the right size for my project!  If you’re not a craft supply hoarder like me, you should be able to find oval foam and paper mache eggs at your local craft store.
 chalky acorns

Project estimate:

  • Foam eggs, $1
  • Twine, on hand or $1
  • Chalkboard paint, on hand or about $3 and up
  • Glue gun, on hand
Total:  $1 and up
Step one:  Paint the foam eggs with chalkboard paint.  I just needed two applications for full coverage.
step 1
Step two:  Glue twine to the larger end of the egg, and begin wrapping.  I like mine with a more haphazard, messy look, but you could make a neat coil if you prefer.
step 2
Step three:  Glue a small loop of twine to the end of the “acorn”.
acorn place card
Prepare the surface by gently rubbing a piece of chalk on it and wiping it off.  Now your “acorn” is ready to be embellished with a name, monogram, or anything else you feel like drawing!  I used some additional twine so I could attach the place card to a napkin.
chalk paint acorns
A fun twist for Thanksgiving could be to ask each person at the table to write one thing they are thankful for on the acorn, and place it in a bowl.  Then you’ll have a pretty, personalized centerpiece that will remind everyone of all the wonderful things you have in your life!