This Little Miggy Stayed Home: DIY: Festive Acorns

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DIY: Festive Acorns

We had the best acorn tree in our neighborhood in Cincinnati and I loved collecting these giant, perfect acorns.  For a couple of years I've had a large baggie filled with acorns for fall/winter decorating, but I decided they needed a little something to liven them up.  Of course I painted them.  Now doing a DIY on painting acorns seems a little obvious but it was surprisingly a little tricky so here are my step-by-step pictures and some pointers for you.    

Start by gathering your acorns and paint.  You'll also need hot glue or another craft glue for attaching the tops and bottoms.  Most of the tops of my acorns had come off (despite gluing them on a couple years ago) which was great, I wanted the bottoms to be painted while keeping the tops au natural.  

The tricky part was the actual painting.  I ended up using a long straight pin and sticking it through one of the little holes in the bottom of the acorn.  It might take a couple tries but in the end I eventually found a place to securely stick each pin so we could hold the pin and paint the acorn.  Holding them with our fingers proved too messy and too time consuming by the time you went back and touched up all the spots where the paint got rubbed off.  *Note:  I did most of these by myself, in the evening when the kiddos were asleep.  This was more time consuming than I thought and while my little assistant was happy to help it was still a long process.  I could not have done this easily with a little one at my feet.  

Most of the acorns would sit on the unpainted bottom side to dry.  Of course not all acorns complied and there were several that needed touching up or second coats of paint.  

For fun we also tried dipping some acorns and painting some of the tops while leaving the bottoms natural.   

Then you match up the bottoms with the tops, 

Put hot glue in the top, 

 Add acorn and press.  

Ta-da!  I like how they turned out.  And while they're a little late for the Fall train, I think they're bright and festive enough to keep out during the holidays.    

Add them to a clear vase or even a few in a little bowl and you've got a festive little decoration.  You could get crazy with adding polka dots, stripes or (heaven help me) chevrons.   

Hip, hip hooray for making ugly nature things pretty!  

*please forgive my weird formatting...I've been having issues with blogger for a while now and I'm not sure why.  If anyone has any pointers I'm all ears! 


  1. I love these. :) I must find me some acorns.

  2. Anonymous2:44 PM

    I've done this with my acorns! Unfortunately, our big oak tree had to be cut down due to a lightening strike. Made me sad.

    I painted 1/2-2/3 of the acorn & left it to dry on the unpainted side. Then I just flipped them over and painted the other side when they were ready. I love, love, love them. I'm gonna paint me some more of them. I put them in a vase with a layer of itty bitty pinecones from my hemlock trees.

    For anyone trying this for the first time, be sure to bake those acorns about 5 min since there are worms in some of them.

    1. Good tip about baking them!

    2. Anonymous1:42 PM

      what temp ????

    3. Yes! I too baked mine and I think it was at a much lower 200-250 degrees for an hour or something.

  3. Cute! I love the dipped ones thrown in there, too. Nice touch.

  4. We have so many acorns in our backyard. I'm going to send the kids out to collect them now that I have something cute to do with them. So fun!!

  5. in love with them!! I only wish I could find some around here:)

  6. Anonymous1:40 PM

    what temp should they be baked at??? i was thinking 300-350

  7. Anonymous3:54 PM

    Bake @ 175 degrees for 1 hour