How to Make a Flower Crown with Tissue Paper

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Birthday season is about to begin in my family.  Summer brings three birthdays and I am very excited to celebrate.  Parties, gifts, cards, cake, balloons . . . I love it all.

This summer, my daughter will turn 7.  She is sweet, tender-hearted, thoughtful and loves to laugh.  And lucky for me, she also loves to craft!  So I knew that this little project would delight her to no end.  She will probably wear it all day long on her special day!

Today, I am sharing it with you:  how to make a flower crown with tissue paper.  Maybe you have a sweet little friend or daughter who would love to run, dance and play under a crown of beautiful, handmade tissue paper flowers.

How to make a flower crown with tissue paper

To start my craft and get ready for our summer birthdays, I stopped at Walmart and picked up American Greetings tissue paper, along with a few other things to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.  I love how easy American Greetings makes it to celebrate your favorite people with fun and meaningful cards and a great assortment of gift packaging.  

For Your Flower Crown, You Will Need:

  • Tissue Paper (assorted colors of your choice)
  • Floral Wire
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

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First, measure the recipient’s head with the floral wire.  You’ll want a natural fit where a crown should sit.

Crafter’s Tip:  It is always better to measure big for sizing the crown.  Once most of your flowers are on the crown, you can resize and make the crown smaller by twisting the wire.  However, you cannot make it bigger.

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Coil the wire several times around your circle to provide a base for the crown.  The base will bend and flex, but no need to worry.  You can perfect the shape at the end.

Once you have about three coils, go around once more, weaving the wire in and out of the ring so that it holds together.

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Snip your wire, twist around the crown base, and fold it back in the opposite direction.   Finish by twisting what wire is left around the base.  Take note to make sure that your wire end is not sticking out.

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Measure 3″x 3″ squares of tissue paper.  To conserve your tissue paper so you have sheets left for gifts, cut from one or two sheets instead of the whole stack.  Each flower will use 3 squares of pink or yellow (or the flower colors you have selected).  The green tissue paper is to provide the look of greenery running throughout the entire crown below the flowers.

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Grab three squares of your flower color and one green square.  Stack them on top of each other, placing the green on the bottom.

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Fold into quarters, in accordion fashion.

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With the tissue paper folded in the accordion, cut both ends to form the shape of the petal.  I chose a rounded edge.  (See other options below.)

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Then with a piece of floral wire (about 7″ long), secure it around the tissue paper and twist.

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Don’t forget to fold the end of the wire back in the opposite direction as we did before to help keep it secure and reduce the chances of your little lady being poked.

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Begin to stretch out one of the sides.

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One at a time, peel each layer to separate.

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Once one side is complete, repeat the same process with the other side.

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Your flower should look like this.

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Before you set it down, pinch the bottom of the bloom to tighten your petals and green leaves.

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Continue with the same steps to make more flowers.

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Initially, I made 12 flowers but ended up needing 16 to fill the crown.  Take your best guess on how many you will need and make more as necessary.

Each time I finished a new flower, my daughter oohed and aahed over the beauty of each one . . . it made the process so much fun!

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Now, you are ready to attach the flowers to the crown base.  If you are using multiple colors, decide whether you want to alternate colors in groups or by the bloom.  (I repeated a pattern of two pinks then two yellow flowers.)

Simply twist each flower stem around the base.

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Before you finish adding all your flowers, be sure to check the size of the crown on your daughter or friend’s head.

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Remember how we favored measuring larger than smaller when making the crown base?  If your crown is too big, fold the wire over itself to reduce the size, as in the photo above.

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Now, you can add the last few flowers.

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These are the different cuts you can make on the tissue paper to achieve a variety of petals and flower shapes.  The top option is pointed.  The middle cut is very rounded and the bottom option is what I used for our crown, a more gentle, rounded cut.  It is also the easiest for separating layers when you are working on a smaller scale like flowers for a crown.

Before I show you the finished product, take a peek at the cards I bought for my daughter and my mom while shopping for the tissue paper.

card for my sweet girl

My daughter loves the princesses so when I saw this American Greetings card and read the text, I knew it was the one!

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I always look for pretty cards for my mom.  I enjoy buying funny cards for certain people, but for my mom, I love heart-felt and meaningful.  This one was perfect from the gorgeous artwork on the outside to the beautiful words on the inside.  Cards are a great way to express your feelings.  Don’t you love finding a card that says exactly what you want to say to that special person?

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Since our summer birthdays are quickly approaching, I have started shopping for my daughter’s birthday gifts.  She has been wanting one of those popular coloring books.  And notice how it worked out, all within my flower theme:  the flower coloring book, American Greetings gift bag and flower crown!

Here is the finished crown:

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Don’t you just love it?  This is the point where you can adjust the flowers and bend and twist as necessary.  Work and play with your crown to get the desired effect.

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These tissue paper flowers are perfect for my little girl’s crown, but they are also quite versatile.  I would love to use them as party decor for draped flowers in a doorway or on the tabletop for a garden party.  Oh, the possibilities!

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Here is where I found the American Greetings cards, gift bag and tissue paper at Walmart:

where to find at walmart

Who do you know that would enjoy a flower crown for her birthday?   For more birthday inspiration, click here.

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How to Make 3D Artwork Your Kids Will Carry All Summer

How to Make 3D Artwork Your Kids Will Carry All SummerHi friends!

I am SO excited that summer break is nearly here!  Being free from school work and schedule, and getting tons of time to play outside.  Are you ready?

At the new house, we have lots of woods, tons of dirt and too much poison ivy.  But there are also cool rocks, a seasonal creek, little creatures and plenty of room for imagination.

For this activity, we’re making a 3D artwork bucket your kids will love filling with great finds from their outdoor adventures . . . or you may choose to keep it inside and use it to help with family organizing.

>> Hop over to Motherhood On A Dime with me where I am sharing the tutorial.

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How to Make Birds Nests for a Ladies Brunch

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I have found a new little obsession this spring.  (Remember last summer’s obsession?)  Maybe my new preoccupation is because I have desperately waited for spring to actually arrive.  Or possibly, it is simply because these things are plain old sweet.  But I cannot seem to get enough of birds nests, as both home decor and party fun.

Today, I’ll be showing you how to make birds nests for a ladies brunch.  It was a win-win because the nests looked beautiful on the table and they served as place cards and favors for my guests to take home.  And with all the ladies attending being my sisters in Christ, I wanted to attach a Bible verse to the nests to encourage us all.

But before we get any further, let me share some of the many ways the nests can be used:  ladies’ brunch (obviously), Mother’s Day lunch, a woodland themed or little bird baby shower, spring decor around your house, gifts for teachers . . . there are so many possibilities!

(This post contains my affiliate links for various products.)

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Getting Started Making the Nests:

I used three kinds of moss:  Spanish Moss (top), Floral Moss (bottom left) and Sheet Moss (bottom right).  I thought the combination looked great together, but if there is something else you’d rather use, go for it!

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The bulk of the nest is made with spanish moss.  Start by shaping the spanish moss into nest form.  For sizing reference, I made three nests from a 125 cubic feet bag of moss.

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Spray the formed nest with spray adhesive.  After each new addition of moss, add more adhesive to keep your nest together.  It will remain pliable, but this will keep it from falling apart.

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Next, add floral moss to the center of the nest and spray again.

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{My favorite part!}  Tear apart pieces of sheet moss, spray the back with adhesive and put in the nest.  I thought it looked most natural with the moss peaking up and over the side of the nests.  Add three pieces of sheet moss to each nest.  Remember:  odd numbers are most appealing.

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Add just a bit more floral moss on top and give it . . . yes, another spray of adhesive.

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Grab some sticks from the yard and put them into your nest.

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Continue to form the nest with your hands, creating a cavity for the eggs.

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Don’t forget to flip your nests over and spray the bottom to help prevent the moss from falling everywhere.

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I was hoping the spray adhesive would eventually dry out and not be tacky on the nest.  But no such luck.  You’ll need to add a coat of clear acrylic sealer over the entire nest (including the bottom).

Getting Started Making the Eggs Buying the Eggs:

I would like to tell you that I made the sweetest looking sparrow eggs for my little nests.  I even made salt dough (which became a quick fail – click here to see why).

Do you know how difficult it is to form dough into a consistent egg shape?  Nice round balls, sure I could probably do that.  Egg shape?  Another fail.

But in the hope that some off-white paint and brown speckles would magically make the eggs look . . . like eggs, I gave it a go.  After all, I have all the time in the world.  😉

Errrr!

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So in desperation, I ordered cute plastic speckled eggs off Amazon.  They are perfectly shaped and look like little eggs.  Go figure.

Thank you, Prime, for 2-day shipping!

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My other challenge in this project was to find sweet little feathers.  I was out of time, however for more shopping.  So I picked up a bag of white feathers, mixed a bit of brown acrylic paint with water and yes, painted my feathers.

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Once they were dry, I gave them a little snip and tucked them into my nests.  Hopefully, you will have the chance to get to a craft store and buy a bag of cute feathers.

Making the Tags:

Your next task is to think about what you want to write on the tags.

I decided to create two tags.  One that read, “NAME, a Child of God,” that would serve as the place card.

The second tag would share this Bible verse:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31.

It is a precious verse to remind us how much we are loved by the Heavenly Father.  We are His children.  He knows the very details of our lives and promises to take care of us.

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Once you have decided what you will put on the tags, print and cut them out.  I used my Cameo to cut the card stock into little flag-style tags.

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Grab a marker or highlighter and begin to curl the paper.

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I curled over in the center and then flipped the ends up.

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With corsage pins, pierce your tags and stick into the nests.

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I kept the table on the simple side.  No place mats.  Napkins tri-folded and draped over the table edge.  A bird cage centerpiece that echoed the sheet moss.

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So, now you know how to make birds nests that look as good as the ones in the store.  How will you use them?

How to Make Burlap Wall Art With Your Kids

How to Make Burlap Wall Art with Your Kids - Handprints & Bible Verse

Hi friends!  We have been in the new house for just about six months and I am still working on hanging art and photos on the walls.  A little lack of decorating inspiration and . . . yes, procrastination too.  But today, that’s ending with this sweet burlap wall art.  It will combine your child’s hand print, a Bible verse and a little bit of craftiness.

Join me at Motherhood On A Dime and find out how to make this for your home!

How to Make Tiles into Coasters for Party Favors

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Whether you are looking for a handmade gift or unique party favors, today have a fantastic craft for you!  I will be showing you how to make tiles into coasters.  They are surprisingly inexpensive and can be suited to any theme (which is always a huge win in my book).

I made these map coasters out of white bathroom tiles for my father-in-law’s birthday party.  The celebration was supposed to have happened a few weeks ago, but unfortunately he fell and broke his hip.  So we are postponing the party until he is doing better.

Our party theme was all about maps and thanks to a family friend who saw my facebook plea for old maps, I found myself with more than I could have imagined.  The best part?  Most were National Geographic and from the 60’s.  Could it be any better?

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What You Will Need to Make Tiles into Coasters:

  • White Tiles (you can find them here on Amazon, however, I found them cheapest at Home Depot.)
  • Old Maps, Scrapbook Paper or the Paper of Your Choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Clear Spray Paint
  • Sheets or Rolls of Cork
  • White Gloss Spray Paint (I wish I had used this at the beginning!)

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I loved the simple, step-by-step nature of this project.  The first thing you need to do is pick up your tiles.   If you are getting them from the hardware store, be sure to inspect each one.  Isn’t the price amazing?

One thing I wish I would have done was add a coat of white spray paint to the sides of the tiles before I began gluing on the maps.  It would have made the sides look more polished and finished.  I have pointed this out to a couple friends and they said they would not have noticed.  But in case you are as ‘particular’ as I am, I thought you would want to know.

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Cut Your Map Squares.  Trace your tile onto a piece of paper to create a template for cutting the maps.  You will need to shave the template down a bit so it fits on the top of your tile.  Once you are satisfied with a template, cut the maps into squares.

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Put a coat of Mod Podge on the tile with your foam brush.

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Carefully, place your map square on the tile.  You will be able to slide it around a little to get it in the perfect spot.

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Run your finger across the map to smooth it out and ensure there are no air pockets.

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Now put two two coats of Mod Podge on top of the map, allow the glue to dry between coats.

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Next, spray the tiles with a clear coat of sealer or spray paint.  Once they are good and dry, you are ready to move on.

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Make a new template for the cork sheets.  Trace the template onto the cork and cut out the squares.

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I tried hot gluing the cork to the tile and only ended up with a huge mess and the unpleasant job of tearing the cork off bit by bit.  Mod Podge worked so much better.

Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the bottom of the tile and press on the cork.  Again, allow to dry.

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Do you notice the unevenly glazed sides?  This is where spray painting first would have been awesome.

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I love how the coasters turned out.  All from a 16 cent tile!

Stack them up, tie them up . . . use them at the party and then send your guests home with the memento of the celebration!

Happy Creating!
~ Kristen

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How to Make a Beautiful Spring Centerpiece with Flowers and Candy

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Today, I have a lovely spring centerpiece that will look gorgeous on your table.  Instead of flowers arranged around a vase filled with stacked candies, this arrangement nestles the candy atop the flowers, inviting your friends and family to gather near to taste sweet treats and enjoy the scents of spring.

I saw an image of this style of arrangement a while back, but haven’t been able to find it since.  So, here is my take on how to make it with much of what you already have in your house and garden.

 

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Here is what you need –

  • A cylindrical vase
  • A candy dish
  • A bowl
  • Flowers
  • River Rocks (my affiliate link)
  • Twine, Jute or Ribbon
  • Candy (pick something that pulls from the coloring of your flowers)

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1.  Place your cylindrical vase in the bowl.  Be sure you are selecting dishes that fit well within each other and sit flat.  Then, set your candy dish  on top so that you know the right spacing for your flowers.
 

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2.  Cut the flowers to fit.  They should be taller than the vase so that the candy dish appears nestled into the bed of flowers.
 

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3.  Tie the jute around the vase with a couple of the flowers in place.  Unless you have someone helping, you will need to secure your flowers from the start.
 

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4.  Continue to add flowers around the vase and pulling the jute around them.
 

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5.  Don’t forget to add water to your bowl to keep your flowers happy.  I started with just enough to keep them in water.  Once everything was done, I added more.
 

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I used a rock to apply tension to my jute as I worked around the vase.
 

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6.  Once you have worked your way around the entire vase, wrap the jute many times to give it a fun, vintage feel.  Then, tie it off.  I knotted it to another one of the wrap arounds.
 

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7.  Add your river rocks.
 

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8.  Adjust your jute spacing as needed to give an even look and be sure to snip any loose end.
 

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9.  And finally, add your candy.  I used Reese’s Pieces Eggs.  And boy, they went fast!
 

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What flowers and candy will you use in your centerpiece?

How to Make Winter Blessing Boards with your Children

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When I was growing up, on the side of our refrigerator, my mom hung a Blessing Board.  It was a small framed chalkboard with the word, “Blessings” across the top and on it, we would write things for which we were thankful.

Over the years, there were many words written on that board from the meaningful to the simple:  family, jobs, friends, pets, special events and unexpected blessings.

So today, we are making Winter Blessing Boards with our kids.  Not only will the boards help us count blessings and develop thankful hearts, but they will also be precious keepsakes with our children’s artwork.

>> Head over to Motherhood On A Dime where I am guest-posting today!

How to Make Sweet Acorn Ornaments and Gift Tags

How to Make Sweet Acorn Ornaments and Gift Tags - DIY

A couple weeks ago, Dan and I were at a fundraiser dinner and the table favors were sweet acorn ornaments.  They were so cute and I knew instantly I had to make more.  Their acorns involved drilling and metal rings, but I needed something faster and easier.

So I grabbed an assortment of ribbons and twine, diamonds and marbles and started creating.  I think you’ll love that you can match any color scheme by switching up the color of the ribbon and marbles.

{Later this week, I am attaching a cluster of my green ribbon/clear diamond acorns for a fun, yet rustic look to a simple white gift box.  Stop back to see how it looks.}

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You Will Need:

  • Acorn Caps
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Plastic Diamonds and Glass Marbles
  • Ribbons, Twine, Jute

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How to Make Acorn Ornaments and Gift Tags:

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1.  Gather your acorn caps, diamonds and marbles.  Clean and dry the acorns as necessary.  You can find a great assortment of diamonds on Amazon.  (I used both diamonds with a flat top and ones that peaked like a pyramid.  Either work, you will just need to pair it with the right acorn lid.)

For the marbles, you will need true, round stones.  Make sure you are not using the flatter gemstones; they will not look right in the acorn lid.  (This set of marbles looks sooo cute!!!)

2.  Begin to pair up acorns and stones.  You’ll want a nice fit.

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2.  With your hot glue gun, put glue in the acorn cap and attach the marble.  Allow to dry.

3.  Cut your ribbon based on how far you want the acorns to dangle.  Do you want a loop of ribbon for each acorn or a single strand?  If doing a cluster of acorns, consider just one run of ribbon for each acorn.  I cut most of my ribbon at 11-16″.

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4.  Glue the ribbon/twine to the acorn lid.  When using jute, I often glued it around the nub of the acorn.  But for ribbon, I preferred to glue flat to the top.  Do what you like most.

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5.  Group the acorns as desired and knot the ribbon.  Trim edges as needed.  
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Which combination do you like best?  

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