Fall craft: make an acorn shadowbox

Fall craft: make an acorn shadowboxThis is my favorite time of year. I absolutely love fall and Halloween . . . when the weather gets cooler . . . all of it. I love the projects that go along with the season as well. About three years ago I painted acorns, and it was relaxing and amazing, so I decided to do it again for the Apartments.com challenge for October. My fall craft was inspired by this palette because I wanted something bright and colorful. And autumn-like. You can use any autumn palette of your choice . . . or even Halloween colors.

Acorn craft - make a fall shadowboxWhen I painted the acorns before, I used real ones. Unfortunately beasties crawled out during the process, so this time I used wood acorns that I purchased here. They weren’t expensive, and I didn’t have to go hunting and gathering. Of course if you have acorns that are easily accessible to you, you can use them in the project and make it even cheaper. Here’s how I made this acorn shadowbox.

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IMG_0520Look at these tiny wood acorns! They make me squeal. I want to use them in every craft I ever do from now until eternity.

IMG_0522It’s actually not that easy to paint the inside of a shadowbox. I saved myself a little time and effort there by cutting a piece of paper to put into the back. Of course you can paint . . . but I really like the texture that the paper gives to the project as well.

IMG_0524Paint the shadowbox with a few coats of paint and let dry.

IMG_0525Once the paint is dry, put a medium layer of Mod Podge on the back of the shadowbox. Make sure to cover the entire area.

IMG_0526Place the paper in the back of the shadowbox, lay down and smooth.

IMG_2652Use your frozen yogurt frequent shopper’s card to smooth the paper into the back of the box. Let it dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Then coat the top of the paper with Mod Podge and let dry. Optional: cover the entire shadowbox with Mod Podge. You don’t need to depending on the paint you use. Set the shadowbox aside to dry.

IMG_2651Now it’s time to paint acorns! This is fun for the whole family – or just you if you like. Give each acorn a couple of coats of paint and let dry. As you can see, I painted one acorn in a coordinating color just for a fun little touch.

IMG_2654When the acorns are dry, hot glue them into the back of the shadowbox. You may be wondering how I made sure that the acorns were even. Well . . . I started to measure, then I realized it was taking too much time. So I laid all of the acorns out and just eyeballed to make sure they were even. It was easy!

How to make an acorn shadowboxHere is the acorn shadowbox on display. I LOVE it. So colorful, and so fun. And so fall! I am looking forward to my next Apartments.com challenge! Until then, visit the Renter Resources page on their site. You can get information on apartment friendly DIY projects, decorating, entertaining, living on a budget, food & recipes and much more!

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  1. says

    Love this! You make the acorns look so cute together. I have the tendency to plac the odd one in the center but it looks like placing it at the bottom side works well too!