Autumn is upon us and that means it’s holiday, decorating, and harvesting season. Many people enjoy crafting at this time as well. Acorns are often thought of as just food for squirrels and deer, but did you know you can use them for decorating and crafting also? Acorns typically drop in September and October, so this is prime time to take advantage of these fallen nuts.
You can preserve acorns so they can be used in home decor and diy crafts. This is an important step because it will prevent bugs and mold from taking over your projects. You do this by soaking the acorns in vinegar, letting them dry, then baking them in the oven. Please refer to the detailed article on how to do this listed under our sources.
The simplest way to incorporate acorns into your decor is by filling a clear jar or vase with the preserved acorns and placing a candle in the center. If you want to get a little more creative, there are a lot of fun crafts you can create after you have collected and preserved your acorns.
An acorn garland would be the perfect addition to your fall themed decorations. You can make this by painting the nut part of your acorns and leaving the cap natural. Then drill a hole through the nuts and string them on a nice cotton rope, finishing the end with a tassel.
You can also make necklaces in a similar way by painting the nuts and stringing the acorns through a rope or chain. You could also remove the caps and replace the nuts with marbles and make a uniquely blended creation.
An acorn wreath is a craft you can get really creative with because you can customize it with anything you want. You can make it look more natural by gluing acorns to an existing plain wood wreath and adding leaves, pinecones, a burlap ribbon, and other natural elements. To spice it up, you can add colorful ribbons and glitter. It can be as simple or ornate as you want. This idea works great for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas wreaths!
Using acorns for kids’ crafts is an inexpensive way to get creative with your little ones. You can do all sorts of art projects, like making ornaments, shaping them into animals or miniature items, or gluing them on paper to make artwork. The possibilities are endless and they make great gifts for grandparents.
For more ideas, check out Pinterest. All the ideas for these crafts are linked below. We hope this inspired you to get creative with your acorns this season!