While I was at the market recently hubby and Izzy passed the time by taking a walk on, what turned out to b, a lovely autumn bluebird day. When I returned to our truck from a ridiculously long visit to our local market (where I always seem to get behind someone who requires management approval) hubby took the cart and gave me a little bag in exchange. Hubby said, “Look what Izzy found for you, acorns!” I replied with gleeful squeal followed by, “acorn craftiness!” First I must acknowledge that hubby even thought to help Izzy collect acorns is fantastic! How awesome are they? These acorns are from a scrub oak tree. They have an elongated nut/seed and a bumpy cap.
Before you can use acorns in your crafts or home décor they require some preparation. Start by filling a bowl, basin or sink with hot soapy water. Sorry no photo, it was blurry. Please imagine the acorns in the soapy sink ( wink). Add the acorns and give the water a bit of a swirl with your hand or a wooden spoon. You may see some caps are unattached, no worries (glue gun moment). Swish your soapy water around and this will help to clean the dirt and little buggy residents from your acorns. Rinse with warm water and repeat this process with another basin filled with hot soapy water, rinse again. Line a baking sheet with a paper towel (or kitchen towel) and place the acorns on the paper towel to dry. Let the acorns dry for about 24 hours. Preheat your oven to 175°. Remove the paper towel or kitchen towel and keep the acorns on the baking sheet (I have an old baking sheet I use for crafting so I lined mine with foil). “Bake” for two hours. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. Then it’s time for acorn craftiness!
I grabbed gold paint for mine. Then I plan to make some little fabric acorns. Of course I will share with you. I found some fun acorn craftiness ideas I think you will enjoy. I’m using some of my acorns in my autumn photos.
You can find these fun crafts all pinned to my diy craft board. You can download the cross stitch pattern right here!
Felt Acorn Garland by The Magic Onions
Owl acorn craft by ? unknown
Acorn Cross Stitch Pattern by Country Living
Please Click to down load the Acorn cross stitch pattern
I hope this little bit of acorn craftiness has you enjoying a creative weekend!
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* Add a coat of clear lacquer to help to preserve your acorns for future use.
Phyllis Huebbe says
I love the acorn idea for xmas trees, my girls would love making these.
Katherines Corner says
I hope you will all enjoy making them. Hugs
Amber Ludwig says
My son and I collect acorns each year and feed them to the squirrels off our porch!! I think next year we will have to take the tops off and try that garland though!! Its so pretty!
Choice Furniture Superstore says
It’s amazing. I just love these acorn craft ideas. Thanks for sharing this post.
Veronica Lee says
Aww!!! Love those acorn owlies!
I made fabric acorns a few years back and I still love them – worth the effort! I’m so glad to see other people still cross stitch. I know it is sort of an “old fashioned” craft, but I find it relaxing and affordable:)
I wish I was creative! Such lovely inspiration things!
The Handmade Home says
These are so cute! Love the creative ideas!!
Ricki Treleaven says
I used to cross stitch all the time, but I haven’t done it in a long time. Thanks for the tips for working with acorns!
Never thought of washing or baking them. Cute crafting with acorns. Love those little owls!
Janine Huldie says
I love all of these acorn crafts, especially those owls as they are adorable. Thanks for sharing and Happy Saturday, my friend!! xoxo <3
Jean C. says
Oh, MY! I adore acorns. I used to go outside during lunch hour and pick them in front of my building. And then, I went nuts one year making felted acorns. I’ve got dozens of them and still have more felt to use up. I’ve attached them to branches for indoor decor. I’d post a pic, but I don’t think I can here. I don’t even mind the squirrels burying them in my yard. It’s all part of the cycle of life.
Love all of the acorn ideas. I have used picked acorns before but don’t think I ever cleaned and baked them. Great tip.
Anne's Attic - design says
Hi Kathryn, I love finding acorns and crafting with them. The first time I found some I set them on the counter and the next morning there was larva crawling around. Gross! So baking them is a very good idea! Have a lovely autumn day.