A few weeks ago, I gave my boys Asher and Zephan a mission to find as many perfect acorns with caps intact as they could possibly find. It gave them something to do and it gave me some beautiful natural fall decor to play with! My boys didn’t fail me and brought back a huge bagful of gorgeous acorns. I dumped the bag into my fillable glass table lamp until I was ready to work with them.
As I was admiring how they looked through the glass, I noticed a creepy little bug traipsing along up the glass. Eek! I forgot rule #1 of bringing outdoor things like pinecones or acorns indoors—bake or freeze to kill the bugs!
How to Paint Acorns
Step 1: Place acorns on foil-lined cookie sheet and bake at 170* for a few hours. I baked mine for about two hours just to be sure everything was good and dead. One acorn cracked and was a bit burnt looking but the rest came out looking good.
Step 2: Use acrylic craft paints and a paint brush to paint your acorns. Brush strokes will make a difference in the acorns’ appearance so brush with the grain of the nut. I didn’t remove my caps in order to paint them. A few caps had fallen off, and I used hot glue to reattach them. I found the acorns much easier to paint with caps intact. I have a TON of acrylic paint in my craft room and used different shades of green, blue, orange, and gold on my acorns. I didn’t bother giving any of the acorns two coats of paint but you might want to if you prefer a more opaque look.
Set the acorns aside to dry and don’t worry too much about the wet paint. Most of the acorns will naturally roll back to their caps when you set them down.
And that is all there is to it!
I placed my acorns on my table in a decorative leaf holder that I’ve held onto for eons. I love how delicious they look. Maybe it’s because I’m dieting right now, but don’t they look good enough to eat? They remind me of foil-wrapped chocolates. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that it’s the lack of sweets talking here :).
I think these would look adorable glued to place cards for Thanksgiving, or you could hot glue small pieces of twine to the caps to make ornaments for a centerpiece of sticks. There are many possibilities of how I might use these this season! For now, I’m just enjoying them on my table. Thanks for stopping by! If you want more quick fall decorating ideas, be sure to check out 10 Easy Fall Crafts.