Do you love acorn decorations and crafts? Check out this collection of great autumn ideas! Usher in fall with some simple handmade projects.
Skills Required: None. Working with acorns is relatively easy. You’re not going to have any problems with these ideas, even if you’ve never crafted before.
If there’s one thing I love about fall (besides the pumpkins and candy), it’s all the natural materials for crafting. There’s something special about using what the good lord gave ya, but also – acorns are free. I’m a sucker for free craft ideas, and I know a lot of you are.
It’s not just the colors of fall that I love, but the textures. Between leaves, pinecones, and acorns . . . you’ve got a lot of materials that can add interest to your craft projects. I found some HUGE acorns recently so I’m excited to share some acorn crafts with you.
I haven’t tried all of these, but I got such a quantity that I can make all of them if I want to. And I do! The first step when you get your acorns though . . . learning from experience . . . dry them.
Acorn Craft Ideas
I picked a bunch of acorn crafts to use with acorns that you find and gather. These projects either use the bases, the caps, or both. Most of them are home decor projects, which are perfect for fall decorating or Thanksgiving tablescapes.
You might now be wondering what kind of acorns to use. Do they have to be real?
Real or Fake Acorns?
Should you use real or fake acorns? That’s up to you. Don’t forget that some people don’t have acorns available in their area, OR the squirrels steal them all before the collectin’ can begin. If that’s the case, you can get faux acorns or wooden acorns online.
REMEMBER: If you do use real acorns, you have to dry them so that the besties don’t come out. It happened to me and it’s gross. Don’t make the same mistakes.
Best Paint to Use
Any acrylic multi-surface or outdoor paint that you can purchase at the craft store will work. I like to use FolkArt acrylic or Martha Stewart multi-surface paint because they are very pigmented. That means the less coats I have to give my acorns.
I usually paint one side of the acorn, let dry, and then do the other side. If I want to Mod Podge glitter on my nuts (haha!), I’ll paint them with a coordinating color of paint first.
Spray paint is something you might also want to use, but I only recommend that if you want to paint your acorns one color – since spray paint is costly per can. That’s why I typically default to acrylic paint. It takes longer, but then I can use a wide variety of colors.
Are you ready to get the acorn crafts? Keep scrolling down!
inspired by a walk in the woods, foraged acorns and pine cones come together to make this beautiful wreath. It only took five items to make this simple fall wreath. Take a peek and see how you can make your own.
With a purchased wood slice as the background, this autumn scene can be created in minutes. Hot glue six twigs in place as shown, and finish the floral-inspired design with acorn parts and mini pinecones.
To make these garlands, you just need the cap part of the acorn! You're going to felt the bases in any colors you like. These make great decor for both Thanksgiving and Christmas (perfect for a tree!).
Pottery Barn sold faux acorns for displays just like these - but you can gather materials for free in nature! Use recycled jars or dollar store finds and tealights. You can make several of these for cheap.