painted acorns

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in keeping with all things new this month, and since several of you asked about my little acorns, i decided to share a new tutorial with you. (not that a tutorial is really needed as this process is pretty much self explanatory.)

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somewhere on the internet i saw the cutest little painted acorns. i had to try making some for myself. i used these acorns for a very cool christmasy project which, i’m unfortunatley unable to share with you just yet. but don’t worry, i will as soon as i can.

so the first step in the process is to get some acorns. i’m assuming there is a tree around you somewhere. if not, do like i did and buy them on ebay. (sad, but true.)

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about 75% of the acorns i got were already topless (oh my!). so those are the ones i choose to paint. the others with their tops in tact, i just left alone.

choose a spray paint color, i used burgundy and red, and get to spraying.

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I found it best to place the acorn upside down where their little hats would normally be. this way, they aren’t rolling around and you are able to cover the entire acorn with paint. it doesn’t matter if the tops are not painted, since you won’t see them once you reattach their little hats.

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next, match up your painted acorns bottoms to hats that seem to fit and look appropriate.

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then add a small amount of hot glue to the hats and attach to the bottom. pretty simple.

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and that’s it! painted acorns! too freakin’ cute, right?

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and the uses for these are endless! use them as vase fillers, tie them onto a package as decoration, hang them as ornaments on a mini christmas tree, photograph them and use the picture as a button for a ‘31 days series‘ ….

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… or scatter some around a buffet table like i did! it’s all in the details.

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what do you think? will you be making some painted acorns?

and be sure to check back sometime in november to see my ‘secret project’ where i used these lovely little acorns! you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Rochelle at

    An important step after gathering them is to kill the creepy-crawlies (weevil larvae.) I put my acorns on a tray in the oven at 175F for an hour. Then I wash them in a metal can to remove soil.

  • Jacqueline Grange at

    I love this! I’m actually in the middle of a project very similar that I want to post on my blog… Have you heard of craft gawker.com? You might want to put some of your arts/crafts on there… good advertisement and inspiring!

  • LoriS at

    Very cute!! Although a LOT more labor intensive, this could be a great way to use up old nail polish too…

  • KarenKT at

    yes, I agree, they ARE “too freakin’ cute!!”
    You’ve given me Pinspiration, Michael!

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  • Anonymous at

    So…what did you do about the little weevils? Did you find the little maggot looking creatures creeping about even after you painted them?

  • Amanda @ Burlap and Denim at

    So cool. I love funky nature indoors. The natural mixed with the other two reds looks awesome.

  • Erin at

    LOOOOVE these!!! Definitely adding this to the idea file for Christmas. I wonder how they’d look painted white?

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