Fall Decor Crafts Made With Acorns: Tips & Tutorials

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If you have access to an abundance of free acorns, lucky you! They can be used in a variety of ways and make lovely pieces for both Fall and Winter decorations. Here are a few different crafts you can make along with tips for preparing them first (cleaning and drying). Have fun!

Acorns Are Lovely To Use In Crafts But They Do Need A Quick Cleaning First

Acorns Are Lovely To Use In Crafts But They Do Need A Quick Cleaning First

How To Dry & Clean Them For Crafting

Just as with pine cones, acorns need to be washed and debugged before using in crafts. The process is simple:

  • Fill a bowl of acorns with water then rinse them one by one and scrub with a nylon scrubber or toothbrush (if needed). Examine each and toss those that have small holes drilled through the shell (indicates the presence of insects).
  • Pat each dry then arrange on a foil lined baking sheet. Let them dry for about an hour then preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • When the oven is ready, place the baking sheet on the middle rack. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, stir with a wooden spoon and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes remove from the oven and allow to completely cool before using in crafts.

Projects

littlethingsbringsmiles.com

littlethingsbringsmiles.com

Wreath: Hot glue acorns to a styrofoam wreath form then finish as you like (spray paint or keep it natural). Hang with ribbon.

Fall Basket: Paint a woven basket brown then hot glue acorns around the bottom (both with and without caps). Fill basket with florist’s foam, fruit and Fall foliage.

bhg.com

bhg.com

womansday.com

womansday.com

Easy Centerpiece Idea: Fill a glass vase or jar with acorns and insert candles, decorative sticks or Fall foliage. Wrap container with jute or twine.

Two Projects: Instructions for making an acorn mirror (or frame) and napkin rings made with acorns and oak leaves.

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

bhg.com

bhg.com

Napkin Rings: Easy project! Tiny holes are drilled through acorns then strung on wire.

Cap Ornaments: Styrofoam balls are covered with acorn caps and decorated with craft paint, glitter, ribbon and jute twine.

sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com

sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com

themagiconions.blogspot.com

themagiconions.blogspot.com

Winter Garland: Holes are drilled into the acorns (with the caps removed), then caps glued back on and strung on a length of yarn or string.

Christmas Tree Craft: A cardboard cone is painted brown then acorns are hot glued to the outside.

aubreyandlindsay.blogspot.com

aubreyandlindsay.blogspot.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Candle Holders & Picture Frame: Made with acorn caps, instructions are only for the candle holders but the picture frame is easy enough to figure out.

Magnets: The caps are removed then all the meat is taken out so a magnet can be inserted. Fill space with hot glue and replace cap.

yankeemagazine.com

yankeemagazine.com

thiscosylifeblog.blogspot.ca

thiscosylifeblog.blogspot.ca

Bells: Jingle bells are glued onto the caps which have a hole drilled through the center for stringing on yarn.

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Published: September 28, 2011

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4 Comments to “Fall Decor Crafts Made With Acorns: Tips & Tutorials”
  1. Chris says:

    OK, it’s the perfect time to gather acorns, they are dropping like slow rain. Yesterday I spent a happy hour doing so. Today I baked them, and more than half split open vertically from end to end on one side. It’s as if they were expanding and had to split. What does that mean? Can I still use them if I glue the split side down, or not? I am so disappointed. The ones that are whole look great, but that’s only about a third of them.

  2. kathymace says:

    maybe try 175 degrees and longer time in the oven

  3. Cheshirecat says:

    I found that soaking them overnite in some water with dish soap, letting them dry and then putting them in a zip lock bag in the freezer for 24 hours does the same thing, and they don’t split. I also polish mine with furniture polish afterwards!!

  4. Judie says:

    I did the same thing, and lost half of the acorns even though I was careful not to bake any cracked ones. Lost about 1/3 of them, but worst was the microwave suggestion. Oh my gosh, they were like popcorn but made a big mess in the micro oven! Don’t do it! lol Next time I am doing a 175* oven for 10 minutes. If they are oily looking I’m guessing they are hot enough to kill critters!


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