Tuesday, November 8, 2011

DIY: Decorative Painted Acorns

I originally came across this project on my beloved Pinterest site and have wanted to do it forever. Fall is finally here and as soon as the acorns started to drop, the collection began. Unfortunately, there wasn't single decent oak tree along my normal walking route, so my mom was beyond helpful with gathering enough acorns. Guess doggy poo bags come in handy for other things. :)

When collecting, keep in mind that the burr oak (aka mossy-overcup oak and scrub oak) has the largest acorns. You will want big ones. Filling up a vase takes quite a bit and painting them can become rather tedious. Another thing I did was stick all the acorns in the freezer for a few days. Acorns are pretty buggy and you'll want to kill them before you start your craft project.

Create a white paint and Elmer's glue mixture for your initial coat over the entire acorn. This is also the time you'll want to glue any caps back on that may have popped off. Then put a second coat of just white paint over everything.

The next step is to paint the caps brown. This took me a good solid two coats. I put wax paper down to help with things not sticking. After the brown is dry, go ahead and paint the rest of it with the color of your choice.

The final step was to spray everything with an aerosol mod podge as a protective coating and to give them a little shine. I found this cylinder vase at the dollar store to put all the acorns in. Ta da!


  1. Wow! Thanks so much for that tutorial. It was great and will be such a help to me in getting ready for a friend's wedding this October. She wants to use some acorns in decorating. I have been collecting them but they are not pretty at this time of year (muddy,etc.). Your technique will help me refurbish the acorns so they can be glorious at the wedding. I saw your post at Carolyn's Homework blog party.

  2. Thanks for the feedback! I would have never thought to use these as a fall wedding centerpiece... great idea! Good luck!

  3. I love the color! So creative!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party. There are also TWO amazing giveaways this week! It closes Sunday at midnight.


    Looking forward to more posts,

  4. I literally just got back from a forest preserve with a bag of acorns. I collect them every year to add to my handmade christmas wreaths. (There's a chipmunk in the neighborhood that gets my left overs..he appreciates them as well) I'm glad you mentioned putting them in the freezer due to bugs..yuck! I have about 200 that are going straight to the freezer. Thanks for the idea!


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