Textured Fall Acorn Flower Pots

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Since we have less than one week left before everything we see is all about Christmas, I've got one more fun fall project to share before fall decor is old news. These Textured Fall Acorn Flower Pots are super simple to make, and if you're like me and have millions of acorns in your yard, here's a unique way to use them.
All you'll need for this project is acorns, Mod-Podge, a clay pot, and spray paint - if you want to paint your finished pot.
We probably have millions of acorns in our yard - no joke! They are literally everywhere and you can't take non-crunchy step right now. So a few weeks ago I decided to at least clean off our walkways and deck and when I was finished, I had a good-sized pile of acorns. A couple of really smart people inspired this post, and if you want to read about that, visit the original post on my blog.
Let's get started! Gather your acorns and give them a good rinse, towel dry, then bake in a 170-degree oven for about 30 minutes. This will rid you of any little bugs that may have moved in. Once they cool, it's time to crack the shells. A small hammer worked well for me. You can throw away the insides, or save them to feed to the squirrels - and yes, some people even eat them, though I've heard they're quite bitter. Once you have a nice supply of shells, put them into a plastic zip-top bag and use a rolling pin (or anything similar) to crunch them up into smaller pieces.
Give your pot a good layer of Mod-Podge (I found working in sections was best)...
then sprinkle on the crushed acorns. Press them down a little, and shake off any excess. I also used a few caps along the rim to vary the look. When it's covered and dry, spread another layer of Mod-Podge over the top to seal the shells, and let it dry.
You can leave it natural or spray paint it to match your decor. I'm a painter, so I chose the paint route. And that's it! This is a fun and fast project and you still have time to make a few for your Thanksgiving table or to decorate your entry for your guests. How else would you use them?

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  • Ray11505738 Ray11505738 on Nov 26, 2016
    Do u think this would work with pine cones following the same steps? I have tons of pine cones however no acorns. Thanks

  • Erika Gray Erika Gray on Nov 27, 2016
    Just curious, what is the difference between Mod Podge and plain white glue (Elmer's)?

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