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8 Things You Can Make With All of Those Acorns

Winnie-the-Pooh's Piglet is not the only one that loves acorns. We love them too (just not to eat!).

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Fall’s bounty

We love acorns because they’re just perfect for all kinds of art and craft projects—and they’re free!

With just a few simple crafting extras, you can whip up a host of fabulously creative ideas to add fun to your fall decor. A glue gun is handy (supervise the kids of course), but extras such as scissors, string, craft paper, felt-tip pens, acrylic paints, fabric scraps and modeling clay all add extra pizzazz. It’s a good idea to dry your acorns before you begin, so your DIY masterpieces last longer.

So let’s get started…

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Acorn figures

This is acorn art at its simplest, and it’s ideal for kids. Simply glue acorns together to make little comic figures, using matchsticks or toothpicks for arms and legs, felt-tip pens to add features and lumps of clay for shoes. The acorn cup makes a natural hat! Kids love simple DIY projects, and they’re a great way to pass the time on a rainy fall day. Prep for Halloween with these 30 cheap DIY decorations.


Acorn caterpillars

Who couldn’t love an acorn caterpillar, even if you’re not so fond of the real thing? Gently ease the acorns out of their cups and glue them together to form a cute caterpillar. Use leaves, dried flowers or acorn cups to make their hats – or if you can crochet, how about a tiny hat and scarf to keep out the chill?


Hanging baubles

If you prefer the rustic look over glitz and glitter, then these baubles from Latvia can be your inspiration. Start with a Styrofoam ball, acorns and other natural objects like pine cones and cinnamon sticks. Attach a hanging string and start gluing on the embellishments until the ball is completely covered.


Acorn owl

Make this adorable little owl in moments! Use a pine cone for the body, acorn cups for the eyes and feet, paper or cardboard for wings and a beak, and a feather as an embellishment. Googly eyes make the perfect finishing touch. Owls also make a fantastic theme for Halloween, too. There are plenty of simple, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas if you don’t like getting too messy.

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Acorn photo frame

This DIY photo frame is super-simple. Purchase or make a plain wooden frame, then glue acorns around it until the wood is completely covered. Glue them in rows for a neat finish, or opt for an abstract look by gluing them on randomly – either will look amazing. You could also add baby pine cones, dried twigs and other natural items for variety. Homemade photo frames add a real touch of originality to your home.

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Acorn wreath

Wreaths aren’t only for the December holiday season! A fall wreath can bring some real artistic flair to your home and make the most of the glorious autumnal colors we love so much. A simple wreath, using acorns glued to a base ring, is quick and easy to construct, but adding objects like dried berries, pine cones, dried flowers, cinnamon sticks, and even dried apple slices, adds extra elegance. Silk leaves make the perfect base layer, and they won’t lose their color or crumble over time.

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Acorn jewelry

And finally, how about acorn art you can wear? Necklaces, earrings and bracelets are all wonderful for adding a seasonal look to your fall wardrobe. Even kids can make rustic jewelry using acorns, string and natural objects, but if you prefer upmarket style, then use can use leather, wooden, metal and glass beads, and jewelry findings instead. If you need some more inspiration as the days get cooler and the nights draw in, then see these activities that will get you in the spirit of fall.

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No oak trees near you?

If you don’t have a source for acorns in your neighborhood, you can purchase lifelike facsimiles! These artificial acorns, with caps, can be used like real acorn for most projects and decor.

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Elizabeth Manneh
Elizabeth is an experienced freelance writer, specializing in health & wellness, education & learning, family life & parenting, and women's issues. She's been published on Huffington Post, and was a regular contributor to Love Live Health and Daily Home Remedy. Elizabeth is a retired primary school principal and education consultant, with a continuing passion for education and learning. She's familiar with writing newsletters, reports to stakeholders, financial reports, business plans and evaluation reports.