If you have access to an abundance of free acorns, lucky you! They can be used in a variety of ways and turn out 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!
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.
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.
Two Projects: Instructions for making an acorn mirror (or frame) and napkin rings made with acorns and oak leaves.
Cap Ornaments: Styrofoam balls are covered with acorn caps and decorated with craft paint, glitter, ribbon and jute twine.
Christmas Tree Craft: A cardboard cone is painted brown then acorns are hot glued to the outside.
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.