One always reliable seasonal arts and crafts project, and one that’s always easy to boot, is that of painted acorns, which can sit in small bowls, on pedestals, or be strewn across a table to provide an autumnal centerpiece for when guests are set to arrive for a holiday meal.
Whether you choose bright rainbow colors or those fitting with the nearest holiday, this crafts project and DIY decoration is perfect for any craftsmen level, making it ideal for kids and their parents to try out one Saturday afternoon. If you think this project is for you, check out our quick below!
Supplies and Materials
- Any number of acorns, natural or store bought
- Acrylic craft paint in various colors
- Flat paintbrushes
- Paint palette or wax paper
Directions for Making Painted Acorns
- If you have decided to use outdoor, natural acorns, you must first wash them and then dry them thoroughly. Gather up all the acorns and then place them into a bowl of lukewarm water. Using any type of scrub brush or even an old toothbrush, remove any residual dirt from each acorn. Set them onto a towel for drying, which should happen within the hour. If any appear to have mold, just throw those ones out. As well, tiny holes could suggest insects have burrowed in, but the next step kill any inside.
- Set your oven to heat on the lowest available setting (maybe 170 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the dried acorns onto a baking sheet (preferably one that’s rimmed to prevent any from falling off) and place them in your oven with the door cracked slightly to allow moisture to escape.
- Leave the acorns in the oven between 90 to 120 minutes or until they have completely dried, moving them around in 30-minute intervals. Remove them from your oven and set them aside to let them cool down completely. Toss out any that might have been burned.
- To begin painting the acorns, pour out the acrylic paints you have onto a sheet of wax paper or a paint palette. Using a flat paintbrush, which should provide nice, even coats, paint the acorn bottoms and rest them on a tray that is lined with a sheet of wax paper, so they may dry. If at all possible, try to balance the drying painted acorns on their tops, so the wet paint does not smear the paint or touch the tray. This step may require two or three coats of paint to get the full color in.
- Allow the acorns to completely dry, preferably overnight, arranging them as you so desire.
Enjoy your painted acorns!
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