It’s easy to get carried away with fall decorating fever. But, as adorable as those grapevine pumpkins and faux berry swags are, seasonal decor items can quickly add up. If you’ve already indulged your decorating budget a bit too much then, like me, perhaps you’ll be inspired by this Pottery Barn knock off. I love the warm glow of these gilt acorns. But, at $14.50 per bag of 54, I had to pause before I hit the “add to cart” button. Were little gold pieces of styrofoam really worth 1% of the cost of a new sofa? Putting non-essential purchases in perspective often helps make saying no a little easier. After all, there is no end to the pretty things we could buy if we had the money! However, I wasn’t going to give up on the idea of surrounding my pillar candles with little golden harvest nests of plenty.
Fortunately, I had a stash of acorns gifted to me last fall. They were perfect for this project. The inspiration piece exudes the beautiful luster of metal. I knew that a can of spray paint just might not cut it in this case and turned instead to my trusty friend – Rub’n’Buff.
1.) Remove acorns from their clothes. Rinse in soapy water, gently removing soil. Allow to dry.
2.) Apply gold Rub’n’Buff with a soft dry rag. I wanted some of the natural grain to show through, so I used a light application.
3.) Polish to a high shine.
I had the Rub’n’Buff in my stash from a previous project (a lamp I haven’t shared yet!) but even if you needed to purchase the materials, you’d have plenty of “gilding” for this project and others. This project took about 25 minutes – about 5 minutes to wash the acorns, then 20 minutes spent in front of the television, polishing away. Sometimes DIY projects turn into such a drawn out affair that I feel it almost would have been worth it to pay for the inspiration piece. But a half hour is not bad for a free (for me) project!
- Acorns (free!)
- 1 tube of rub’n’buff in gold ($5.15)
Total cost before tax – $5.15 for a savings of nearly $10 over the inspiration.
If you plan to recreate this project and want to achieve Pottery Barn’s lush look, I’d recommend you double whatever amount you think you’ll need. I had approximately 40 large acorns, but they look a little skimpy in the vases. I think I’m going to have to go out scavenging for acorns before the fall is over. I feel a little bad fighting the squirrels for their sustenance, but I do live in the suburbs, after all, and I’ll just have to hope the bushy-tailed rodents can manage to scrounge up some alternate grub.
This display will fit perfectly on my fall table – if I don’t decide to remake one of Pottery Barn’s other tempting seasonal decorations! I can spy a few more ideal DIY candidates… What has caught your eye?