12.19.2009

Beeswax Acorns Tutorial

beeswax acorns tutorial

Supplies:

Acorns
Beeswax
Play-Dough
Small pot
Aluminum can

Step 1: Melt beeswax. Place a small amount of beeswax in an aluminum can, place can in a small pot with about an inch of water. Melt over medium heat.

melt your beeswax

Tip: I bought an old pot at the thrift store for $.99 to devote to beeswax.

melt beeswax in a can

Tip: Crimp the aluminum can with your fingers to create a pouring spout.

Step 2: While beeswax is melting, make your acorn molds using the Play-Dough. Roll the Play-Dough into a short cylindrical shape and press the acorn down into the top of the Play-Dough, twisting a little as you push down. Carefully twist and pull acorn out of the mold.

make acorn molds with play-dough

Tip: If you're handy with tools or know somebody who is, tap the top of the acorn with a small screw to create a handle for pushing and pulling the acorn out of the mold.

Step 3: Pour melted beeswax into the Play-Dough mold.

pour melted beeswax into molds

Step 4: When beeswax dries (about ten minutes or so), remove the beeswax acorn from the mold.

remove acorn from mold

Step 5: Wash any remaining Play-Dough off of the beeswax acorn.

wash play dough off acorns

Step 6: Pop the acorn cap onto the beeswax acorn.

beeswax acorns

Tip: If you want to hang your acorn, poke a small hole into the acorn cap with a sharp nail before attaching the cap to the acorn. Make a loop with some string and pull the loop through the acorn cap using a small crochet hook.

Thank you Gardenmama for encouraging me to write up this tutorial. Sometimes I just need a little push to photograph and document my process.

16 comments:

  1. I do love these! Perfect too.. a good friend sent me some acorns this fall and I have lots of wax from the bees! Thanks for sharing these Molly, what a great project.. and one that smells soo good!

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  2. Lovely project!
    I was wondering if maybe this would work with melted crayons, too? Could make a nice goodie for kids...

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  3. you're so good!! this is definitely on my list for next year. thanks!

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  4. These are adorable...and one more reason why I need to keep bees.

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  5. these are so cool! thanks for sharing.

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  6. You are incredibly creative! How did you even think of this!
    I love it so very much, super tutorial too! xo

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  7. Oh, these are precious acorns!! Just too too cute. :0)

    Have a lovely day,
    Stephanie

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  8. Those little acrons are so sweet. I've been admiring everyone's beeswax adventures and really need to find some. Where do you get yours?

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  9. These are beautiful! Thanks for the awesome tute!

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  10. Beautiful! Thanks for the great tutorial :)

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  11. Aww, I love his! Beeswax is so much fun. Thanks tons for the how-to, I'll be linking.

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  12. Chris saw this come in my inbox on RSS feed and came and got me - he thought it was that cool - which they are! Thanks for taking the time to share the tutorial. I will definitely have to make these someday. Someone asked about it working with crayons? Wouldn't that be fabulous?

    Couple of days before Christmas and I seem to be taking on more handmade gift projects. Nuts. Midnight and the sewing machine is running and the stitch ripper is out. Silly - but oh so Christmas.

    Wouldn't be Christmas unless I was peeling tape from the bottoms of my socks before bed. Happy Holidays Molly - have a great one!

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  13. I love this and can't wait to try it! Great idea and so easy to adapt to other things.
    Annie

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  14. these are adorable!! i happen to bee obsessed with beeswax at the moment. i love to have another fun project to try out!

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  15. I wish I had more oak trees here in the Pacific Northwest. I'm going to have to beg my daughter to collect acorns in the fall for me. Love the project.

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  16. What a wonderful project! I love the naturalness of the beeswax and the acorn cap. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Linda

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