DIY for Fall: Decorate with Painted Acorns

You know fall is here when the acorns come out. But while the whole world is embracing oranges, golds, reds and browns, we like the idea of playing with color. And what better canvas than that symbol of fall? Acorns. Painted acorns are a playful way to decorate your home or office for the season, and not that difficult! Get some fun colors and a glass jar, and you’ve got instant decor. This is a great project for craft groups, kids or couples, so sit back with a pumpkin-flavored beverage, and get in the autumn mood.

What you will need:

  • Acorns (The ones I used came from Deb’s yard. If you don’t have access to real acorns, you can look for wooden or plastic acorns at your local craft store.)
  • Paint (I used metallic-colored acrylics)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paint brushes and paint tray
  • Mod Podge
  • Vase (or other vessel for displaying)

What you will need to do:

If you have real-life acorns, the tops are probably disconnected, leaving you with a mass of pieces to assemble. Get your glue gun ready, and try to fit the size of the hat to the size of the acorn.

Once the tops are securely fastened, you can start painting! I started painting right on the acorn, but I’ve read some tutorials where they paint them white first. I had to apply several coats to mine, so maybe having a base coat will work better. Experiment and see what works best with your paint.

Set the pieces out to dry. They may need another coat (like these red ones), or they may not (like the blue). And you’ll probably have to repaint the part where the acorn touches the paper. There’s not a great way to avoid bald spots when painting round-ish objects. If you figure it out, let me know.

I chose to paint the tops of my acorns silver. Once the bottom coat is dry, paint the tops and let dry. Then apply a layer of Mod Podge to the whole acorn for a nice seal.

Then go crazy with the decorating! Here’s a vase full of painted acorns sitting in our Goodsmiths office. You can layer the colors like seen below, or mix them up, like the photo at the top.

Experiment with the colors, too. The acorns look great displayed in a bowl on a coffee table, or in teacups on a bookshelf. See how versatile? Save the acorns for later,* and whip them out whenever you need a pop of color to spruce up your home. Happy fall!

*Note: My acorns are still fresh, but I have no idea how long they’ll last. Any ideas on whether they’ll go “bad” at some point? Leave me a comment — I’m curious.

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