Acorn Doll "Family"
Keep kids entertained while the grownups prepare the big meal.
Photography: Aaron Dyer
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2014
To make, collect a bunch of acorns in a variety of sizes — turn mini acorns into babies and bigger ones into adults. If you want to go a step further, gather leaves, branches, and other backyard materials to make an entire town.
Wooden beads (Pictured: Round wooden balls, by Woodworks, from $1.50 for 10, craftparts.com)
Hot glue gun
Colored pencils or markers
Pop off each cupule "hat" and hot-glue it to a wooden ball.
Hot-glue the ball to the nut.
Have the children use colored pencils or markers to draw on facial features and hair. (Tip: You can make a tiny scarf using leftover yarn or twine.)