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Create an acorn Bead Cap Necklace

Updated on August 5, 2013

Make Acorn Charm Earrings, Key Ring or Necklace

Making acorn charms using acorn bead caps, round beads and head pins is an easy acorn craft idea and has been jewelry trend for a couple of years.

After writing the Acorns - the Oak Nut lens last year, I got interested in figuring out how to make these cute, nature-inspired bead charms.

The trickiest part is matching the acorn bead cap to the round beads, but if you watch the video clip on Bead Cap Basics by Auntie's Beads jewelry designer, you'll learn how to ensure that the beads and the bead caps match to make acorn charms.

After the charms are made attach the charm to a lobster clasp and you've got a fun acorn charm that can be attached to a backpack or cell phone. The acorn charms can easily be turned into acorn necklaces or earrings, acorn key rings or cell phone charms.

Get some acorn bead caps, beads and head pins and you'll be able to complete a fun acorn craft in a short period of time. Making acorn charms is also a fun tween activity and they make great Christmas or Birthday presents.

Acorn Bead Cap Charms created with components found on Amazon

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Acorn Symbolism

Acorns, or the nut of the oak tree, have symbolized many different things in different cultures. The ancient Druids believed that both the oak and its fruit contained special powers.

Depending on the culture acorns have represent luck, prosperity, youthfulness, life, fertility, immortality, power, survival, spiritual growth, patience, perseverance and hard work.

Acorns have been incorporated into many designs and crests for luck, prosperity, power and growth. Perhaps the best symbolism of the acorn to use when giving the acorn as a gift is that of luck and of perseverance.

To learn more about the Acorns as a good luck symbol see the Acorns - the Oak Nut lens.

Acorns by Kirsti A. Dyer

Acorn and Oak Leaves

Image by Weatherbox
Image by Weatherbox

Oak leaves and Acorns by Weatherbox

Get Started with a Jewelry Making Kit

Beadsmith Deluxe Beader's Tool Kit 9pcs
Beadsmith Deluxe Beader's Tool Kit 9pcs

A 9 piece jewelry making tool kit that also comes with it's own case with several specialty pliers and tweezers to help in crafting your jewelry projects.

 
9-Piece Beadsmith Deluxe Jewelry Pliers Ergonomic Tool Kit with Case
9-Piece Beadsmith Deluxe Jewelry Pliers Ergonomic Tool Kit with Case

A 9 piece ergonomic jewelry making tool kit with it's own case with several specialty pliers with red ergonomic handles and tweezers to help in crafting your jewelry projects.

 

Make an Acorn Charm

Ingredients

  • Acorn Bead Cap
  • Large Round Acorn-colored Bead
  • Head Pin - 2 inches
  • Seed Beads or Crimp
  • Jewelry Tools
  • Extras - Chain or Earring Wire or Clasp or Cell Phone Strap

Instructions

  1. Before starting to make the acorn charms, decide how the charms will be use. The finished use will determine the size of the charm needed and the number of the charms.
  2. A single charm can easily be turned into a necklace, a key chain or a cell phone charm, while two charms turn into earrings. Look in the "More Ideas for Making Acorn Bead Cap Jewelry" for different designs.
  3. Each charm requires an acorn bead cap, a round acorn-colored bead, a head pin and if the head of the head pin is not large enough to hold the bead, then a seed bead or crimp to keep the head pin from 'falling through' the main bead.
  4. 1. Take the head pin and slide on the acorn bead. If the head of the head pin is not large enough, remove the acorn bead and put on a crimp or a single seed bead, then slide on the acorn bead.
  5. 2. Slide on the acorn bead cap.
  6. 3. Form a simple loop, watch the video clips to see how the loop is formed. To make a simple loop bend the head pin 90 degrees using pliers. Leave ~ 3/8 inch of the wire behind (to make the loop) and trim off the excess. Use round nose pliers to curl the remaining wire into a simple loop.
  7. 4. To make a wrapped loop with the head pin. Watch the video clips to see how the wire gets wrapped loops are formed.
  8. 5. Finish up the acorn charm. Hang the charm on a necklace, attach with a jump ring to a key chain, a clasp or a cell phone strap. Attach two charms with jump rings to ear wires to make a pair of earrings.
  9. Bead Charm components Available from Amazon.
  10. Instructions from Woodland Acorn Earrings.
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Supplies to Make an Acorn Charm

Acorn Charms, to use to make necklaces, earrings or other decorations, can be easily made using a few basic bead supplies and tools

  1. Acorn Bead Caps
  2. Large Beads
  3. Head Pins
  4. Seed Beads
  5. Accessories or Extras
  6. Jewelry Tools

Bead Caps on Amazon

Choose an Acorn Bead Cap. You can also find them in gold.

Bead Cap Basics

Learn the basics of matching bead caps to beads from Auntiesbeads.

Matching Bead Caps to Beads

In the video clip above, Aunties Beads designer Carla Schafer shows how to match up bead caps with beads to get the desired effect for a project.

Since we are making acorn charms, part of the bead needs to be covered by the cap.

For a 13mm Acorn Bead Caps a bead of 11 - 12mm would be a good size to pair to create an acorn.

For an 8mm Foliage Bead Caps with Leaf Design since this bead cap is smaller a bead of 6 - 7mm would work better to create a smaller acorn charm.

Fire Polish Beads

Pick the bead for the color of acorn you want to make. Growing acorns are green, once they are fallen they turn different shades of brown. Acorns come in shades between green and brown and the bead color choice can be embellished a bit, like using the Olivine/Amethyst bead below as shown in the example.

If you work with smaller 8mm bead caps, be sure to choose smaller beads 6-7 mm.

Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 12mm Round Two Tone Olivine/Amethyst (10)
Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 12mm Round Two Tone Olivine/Amethyst (10)

Beads in the color when the acorns start turning brown.

 
Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 12mm Round Olivine (10)
Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 12mm Round Olivine (10)

Beads in the color of green growing acorns.

 
Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 12mm Round Dark Topaz (10)
Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 12mm Round Dark Topaz (10)

Beads in the color of acorns as they continue to turn in the fall.

 
Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 12mm Round Smoky Topaz (10)
Czech Fire Polished Glass Beads 12mm Round Smoky Topaz (10)

Beads in the color of older dried out acorns.

 

Threading the Beads on the Head Pin

Make sure to select a head pin that is long enough so there is enough wire to create a simple loop or a wrapped loop. A simple loop will need less wire, so shorter head pin can be used.

Threading the beads onto the head pin is pretty easy. The only trick part is whether or not the head of the head pin is large enough to cover the hole in the bead. If the head pin holds, then go on to make a loop.

If the head pin falls through, used a larger head pin or thread a seed bead or attach a crimp at the end so the head pin is made large enough to keep the bead attached to the head pin.

Assorted Head Pins

Head pins in your choice of colors to match the brass or copper acorn bead caps. You can also find them in gold.

Seed Beads

Use seed beads, if needed, in the color of the polished glass bead to help hold the head pin in place.

Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 #221 'Bronze' 8 Gram Tube
Toho Round Seed Beads 11/0 #221 'Bronze' 8 Gram Tube

Seed beads in bronze to match the brown glass beads.

 
Czech Seed Beads 11/0 Transparent Deep Green (45 Grams)
Czech Seed Beads 11/0 Transparent Deep Green (45 Grams)

Seed beads in green to match the green glass beads.

 

How to Work with Head Pins Video Clips

These video clips from Artbeads and Brightlingsbeads do an excellent job of demonstrating how to work with head pins to make simple loops or a wrapped loop for beads.

Accessories and Extras

The accessory and extra bead supplies needed to turn your Acorn charm into a necklace, bracelet or earrings.

Use the lobster claw clasp to attach your acorn to a key chain, zipper pull or cell phone charm.


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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @Jefff Molnar: Perhaps you can get her the acorn pieces so she can make one.

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      Jeff Molnar 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Very interesting. I have never seen these before, and I know my wife would love one.