Monday, November 16, 2009

Mondo Acorns

This is what I thought all acorns looked like.  Nice, delightful little things.



This is what the acorns look like at the house we just bought:



HOLY MOLY!

Maybe I just don't get out much, but I had never seen or even heard of Giant Mammoth Acorns.  They are ALL over my front yard.  They dented the trunk of my car.

Here is my son playing with the giant acorns.  They look big even next to him, who also is a giant (95th percentile all around)



So naturally, I wanted to incorporate these mondo beauties into my decor. 

Failed.

First I just piled them in a vase to see what they looked like:



Hmmm... not sure how to arrange these guys.  You see, I can arrange furniture - but I'm not so good at arranging botanicals. 

Speaking of botanicals... have you ever been out on an evening family stroll in a really trendy area and found something on the ground that you knew you could turn into something really fabulous for your home?  If so you probably did as I did, which is get down on your hands and knees right next to the fancy steak house patio seating area and the valet parking station to rummage around.



That's right folks, I have NO shame.  NONE.  My poor puppy was probably so embarassed.  Not me, I had my husband take pictures :-)

But how could I resist, look what I found on the ground:



Aren't these beautiful? 

So I tried combining them with my acorns in that huge hurricane/vase:



FAILED AGAIN

These are two really unique and beautiful natural items that I would love to incorporate in my home somehow.  Please tell me how.

Any and all suggestions welcome!  Please Help!

20 comments:

  1. Those are awesome! I have NEVER seen acorns that huge!!! It's like they are on steriods or something! I love how you are using them in that vase. They look beautiful. Thanks for linking up at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  2. Holy Cow! That is one big acorn! Not that I think they look bad in your vase - but do you think they would work better in like a wide open mouth bowl? I am thinking one like you would see those trendy woven balls in ... I am excited to see what cool thing you find outside next!

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  3. Those acorns are CRAZY! I have never seen any that big! Unfortunately, I am also not very good with botanicals, so I don't have any genius ideas. Sorry. :-( But you may try tying a big bow around the hurricane of acorns--it may add that little something that it needs.

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  4. I'd use them in a Christmas wreath. They are cool lookin, but I just don't know what else, I'm excited to read others' ideas.

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  5. How about spraying the acorns gold? Also, do you have any taller, slimmer vases or what-not? Right now, I think there are just too many of them together. Could be cool to see a "column" of gold-colored ones in a tall slim vase. Not sure what to do about the green things, though. (what ARE those, btw? Anyone know?)

    Love your blog. First-time visitor. Have already bookmarked some things. Got here from link from Young House Love to another female DIY blogger, and then to you ... I think... who can remember the enticing trail of breadcrumbs that one follows? Just so long as it gets you somewhere lovely :)

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  6. p.s. I love the idea above about incorporating the acorns and the green mystery thingies into a wreath! Just saw that...

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  7. No ideas for you sorry, but those are pretty coo! One word of warning though...I collected a ton of acorns, planning to make something out of them and left them in a bag in my garage. A week later I went out to get them and they were covered in little worms. Apparently, acorn worms are pretty common so you're supposed to bake them on low heat to kill the worms before you use them in your decor.

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  8. Holy cow, those are huge!

    I'm thinking less is more. Looks like you're trying to put too many in the vase. Try filling it 1/2 to 2/3 full.

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  9. Oh, my goodness, I have never seen anything like that! I like the way you have them arranged in the vase with the green stuff, but agree about not filling it too full. Just a word of caution, you haven't noticed any creepy crawlies in with your acrons yet have you? I've heard that worms can show up after a couple days, but that baking them in a low temp oven for a few minutes can take care of that.

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  10. Loved catching up on your new blog! Your talent is ridiculous. Makes me want to make my house purtier. Though most of the pretty things here are yours or at least your suggestions already!

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  11. LOL! I started reading your post and had to call my husband over to show him. The two of us were/are cracking up! Those are definitely some major acorns! =)

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  12. I LOVE your blog. I am looking around my house thinking of all the different things I want to do now. You are an inspiration. I would use the acorns to make a wreath. The green-things you could outline a picture frame to make a fun fall frame.

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  13. Holy crap! Those acorns are HUGE! I've never seen any like that before.

    I'm like you. I can arrange furniture but give me something botanical to arrange and I'm stuck. Good for you for trying though!

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  14. Like someone said bake them first or you'll get worms...eww. How about putting them in shadow boxes? A girlfriend of mine did this and it was so cute.

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  15. I have collected some just like that from my neighbors house. I was looking for ideas for them too. My only thought has been, paint little faces and make the hat like a giant eskimo hat. or just paint and roll the whole thing in glitter for an ornament. They are just so cute and weird and so un acorn like. Mine you can see even less of the nut.

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  16. Hi. The green things are off of that magnolia tree you were right next to. They are the part of the bloom bud that is left after all the petals fall off, I believe. I think they would look awesome if you could get more and fill them up in your vase. Since they are shaped similar to pinecones you could take ribbon and tie them up and let them hang off of the corner of a fireplace mantle, maybe??? Tie groupings of three or four together and hang off of your christmas tree if you want to go for an entire botanical theme. The acorns are hilarious, I live in KY and have never seen any like that. Are you able to take the caps off? You could take the nuts themselves and glue to styrofoam balls, fill in with green spanish moss and wrap with a ribbon to make an acorn Christmas ball. Not sure what you could do with the caps just yet and if they are sturdy enough for you to use if you were to separate them... If they are in tact enough you could use them to cover a styrofoam wreath form and get some jute or burlap ribbon to hang the wreaths? Just some ideas, don't know if you like or not...

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  17. One more idea -- maybe fill the bowl a little less full and see if you can nestle a pretty white amarylis in the bowl with your acorns as a filler.

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  18. That is a Bur Oak Acorn, not an acorn on steroids. They are pretty awesome trees. You can read about them here....http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/LandownerFactsheets/detail.cfm?genus=Quercus&species=macrocarpa

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  19. OMG! THOSE ARE SOME BEAUTIFUL ACORNS MY GRANDSON AND I WHO IS AUTISTIC WELL HE JUST WENT SILLY HAPPY WHEN HE SEEN YOUR ACORNS! WE ARE GOING TO SEE IF WE CAN FIND HIM A TREE AND GET HIM SOME!BEING AUTISTIC HE FOCUSES ON JUST ONE THING AND STAYS WITH IT AND THAT IS ACORNS AND DRAWING THEM!WE WERE LOOKING THEM UP AND CAME UP ON THIS! YOUR ARRANGEMENT IS BEAUTIFUL AN HE LOVED IT!I KNOW OUR POST IT LATER BUT CONGRATS ON YOUR HOME GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND ENJOY! KAREN RAY& EVAN SMITH

    GRAND BAY AL

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  20. I had the idea to take off the caps. Break or chop into 3rds. toss in lavender oil or whatever scent u like then mix with the giant nuts in the vase. Looks good and smells good!

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