Like the oak trees themselves, crafting with acorns is messy business.
But the results are just too cute.
These fair maidens were created by a group of young, talented maidens gathered around the neighborhood.
They couldn't make just one,
and who could blame them. Had I not been so busy helping the girls, I would have sat down and made a few maidens of my own to adorn the mantel.
Here is the story that inspired our Acorn Maidens, a lovely example of Native American folklore, which I wish had a more prominent place in our culture rather than being tucked away in books. To think how many more stories were once told around the fire that never found their way to paper for preservation; so many tales we will never hear or pass on.
Here and here are some different variations on Acorn Maidens and Fall Fairies. I dare you to make some of your own; but be forewarned, you won't be able to stop at one. Wouldn't they make cute place cards for a fall feast?
Now to figure out a craft to do with all the galls. Gall Goblins perhaps?