Fun Painted Acorn Garland

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1 Hour

Every morning I walk through my local park to the gym and then back again. However, on the return I stop for a well earnt coffee at the kiosk after my exercise class. In front of the kiosk is an oak tree, which this year is absolutely laden with acorns. I made cute mini acorn wreaths last year (see here), this year I collected and made this painted garland.

First, I collected a load of fallen acorns, nuts and caps. I then washed them in water.

To remove the mites that live inside the nuts, I roasted them in a low over for about 20 mins. (see blog for more details)

I then stuck a push pin into the base of each nut. This made them easier to handle when painting.

I also stood them up in some scrap polystyrene packaging I had.

I spray painted the acorns, a third green, a third red and the rest white.

Once the spray paints had dried, I then painted patterns on the acorns. I used acrylic paint pens (link on blog) for this. I just went for Scandinavian type doodles.

Once they were all painted, I removed the push pins and glued on the caps.

I then turned the painted acorns into a lovely garland to add to both my fall and Christmas decorations.

As well as painting acorns I collect and paint pine cones as there are so many fabulous things you can make with them (see here).

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  • Carolyn from NH Carolyn from NH on Oct 29, 2020

    Oops. What temp do you suggest please. Getting old forget some things. Sorry

  • LT LT on Oct 28, 2021

    How absolutely cute. Guess we will be collecting acorns. Thank you for your cute idea.

  • Marie Z Marie Z on Oct 28, 2021

    You didn’t mention the step of detaching the caps and what do you tie the garland to?


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  • Leslie Leslie on Oct 30, 2021

    These are adorable. Thank you for sharing your project. I live in New England and we have the traditional looking acorns (round). Yours are an interesting shape. Have never seen them before.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Dec 05, 2021

    I’m in Northern California and our acorns are oval shaped up to 2 inches long from Valley Oaks . They are hard to work with because of their weight.

    I love your idea ! Super cute !!! Great project ♥️