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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  • Beth at

    I love painting these! Our house is in the woods, so I have some huge Burr Oak ones that have hairy looking caps and I spray paint them a metallic champagne & copper colors. I love the reds for Christmas though!! Gonna try that color!

  • Mollie D at

    I love this- I think it would be cool to use wood stain too- a nice cherry stain, let the cool texture of the acorn show through maybe?

    Very cute

  • Michelle @ Sweet Something Design at

    Michael, this is a great project! I’m all for some spray painting! 🙂 I didn’t realize you were doing the 31 day thing, I am too chicken to commit. 🙂

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Such a cute project! I just read that there are more acorns this year and that it signifies that it will be a really cold weather. (I guess it’s an old wives’ tale that there are more acorns so the animals like squirrels have plenty to eat over the super cold weather.) So, that’s great news. (Sarcasm.)

    Anyhoo. I do really like the painted versions!

  • tracie at

    adorable is right!

  • Tracey @ BellaSky at

    that is so cute! i have a TON in my yard! would be a fun kid project too, minus the glue gun! Love all your ideas! Love your blog!

  • Reenie at

    Oh….thx. Those are so darned cute. I’m going to do some Sunday. =)

  • Chas at

    Great idea! I would love to make some of these!

  • Jen@Notes From the Heartland at

    I LOOOOVVEEEE the painted acorns…or maybe you already know. 😉 One little tip though…and unfortunately I know this from experience. Little worms are inside acorns so it’s always a good idea to bake them on low temp for a bit(on a cookie sheet you don’t use for cookies!!) to “remove the threat”. Worms are not fun crawling around the house. Ack. I’m guessing yours were prebaked Loo Who.

  • Gabriela at

    Oh Michael, I love you! Are you SURE you won’t marry me? (eBay, here I come). Many MANY thanks, my friend. You are a treasure!

  • CosmoGirl Carla at

    OMG! Too stinkin’ cute. Thanks for sharing. Now, if I only had an oak tree in my yard . . . or someone’s yard. Not sure I can bring myself to buying them ebay ;o)

  • Wendi at

    We have so many acorns dropping around here in Ct. that you’re more likely than not to have one plonk you in the head! Can’t wait to paint some of mine. They are so beautiful painted.

  • Debbie-refreshrestyle at

    Guess what I have in a bag in the garage and guess what I’m going to do with them! I’m inspired!

  • Emilie's daughter at

    Michael – they are gorgeous! What a nice idea for the Christmas time to come… if you allow I’ll copy that! Nice day!

  • Lili at

    When I first saw that sweet painted acorn button, I didn’t realize you were the one that had made it. These are fantastic and I especially adore the idea of scattering them on your table. Can’t wait to see your newest project with them! ~Lili

  • Paul Browning at

    Great Idea! I was so impressed with your idea that I was inspired to have a go myself 🙂 with my own little spin on it. I’ve popped the result onto my blog if you want to have a snoop lol 🙂 Px

  • ~Lavender Dreamer~ at

    I’ve never seen that done but what a great idea! We have some HUGE acorns here in Florida!

  • Erin at

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

  • Amanda @ Burlap and Denim at

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

  • 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?

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  • KarenKT at

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

  • LoriS at

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

  • 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 You might want to put some of your arts/crafts on there… good advertisement and inspiring!

  • 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.

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