In our house, the most popular crafts that we do with our kids are usually those involving some kind of unconventional materials. This is especially true when those things are nature based, and that’s surprisingly convenient around the holidays! Recently, we gathered up some of the acorns that were scattered throughout our wintery back yard and now our kids are obsessed with the idea of turning them into crafts. That’s why we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for DIY Christmas and winter acorn projects that they haven’t tried before!
Are you feeling just as interested as we were, if not more, in the idea of making awesome DIY acorn projects with your kids this holiday season? Check out these 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. How to dry out acorns for crafting
Have you never actually crafted with acorns before and now you’d like to try, but you can’t help feeling like you don’t actually know where to start? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at this beginner’s tutorial from Staying Close to Home that shows you the step by step process of drying acorns out to be crafted with.
2. Tips for painting acorns
If we’re being totally honest with you, one of our very favourite ways to get creative with acorns is simply to paint them all kinds of seasonal colours and scatter them across our mantel and side tables. It’s such an easy way to set a seasonal tone! Once again, just in case you’re a beginner who has never tried that before, here’s a great resource full of acorn painting tips from Home Stories A to Z to help get you started.
3. DIY acorn wreath
Are you the kind of combination DIY enthusiast and seasonal home decor lover who adores making your very own door wreaths and swapping them out to suit the next holiday or weather change as the year goes on? In that case, we think you might appreciate this fantastic wintery door wreath from Crafts Unleashed that’s positively covered in dried acorns! They show you how to affix them to a base of circularly bent branches and top them with a big burlap bow.
4. Pinecone and acorn owls
If you’re going to get crafty with one piece of nature, would you actually rather combine it with something else and really just keep things fun and natural? In that case, we’re convinced you’ll love the way Crafts By Amanda used pinecones and acorn caps in one project to make these hilarious little birds, complete with feathered wings.
5. Acorn flower kids craft
Just because acorns are something that you might come across more in your yard seasonally doesn’t mean you have to make winter and Christmas themed things out of them! Instead, try paying homage to the brighter, warmer weather your kids are missing by painting the acorn pieces very colourfully and making this lovely flower art outlined in detail on Crafty Morning!
6. Tiny acorn cap boats
Like our kids, do your little ones always get the biggest kick out of projects that have some kind of active element to them once they’re done? We always find that the most popular crafts are those that can be used as a toy, activity, or learning opportunity once they’re finished, that way our kids get to enjoy the crafting process and using whatever they’ve created afterwards. These adorable little acorn cap boats outlined on Lil’ Fish Studios are the perfect example of what we mean!
7. Milkweed and acorn babies
Have we actually still got you thinking about all of the ways in which you could combine your acorns with other seasonal nature elements to make adorable crafts, but you’ve already crafted with pinecones this week and you’d rather make something else? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Kleas grabbed some milkweed pods and some raw dyed wool and made these darling little acorn capped babies in just a few simple steps!
8. Acorn cap photo frame
Does your home actually already have quite a natural aesthetic to it that might suit some kind of hand crafted acorn decor all year round? Then perhaps you’d prefer to make something that stays displayed even once Christmas and winter are finished! We’d suggest taking a look at how simply An Extraordinary Day made this lovely acorn and acorn cap photo frame that you could easily put your favourite family picture of a piece of pressed fall leaf art in, like you see here.
9. Pretty felted acorn wreath
Did you find that the last round of dried acorns you did for crafting gave you a lot of great quality acorn caps but not as many of the acorns themselves turned out so well? Then perhaps you’d get along better using the caps and making the acorns to go inside them yourself from something else! We’re absolutely in love with this colourful felted acorn door wreath that Pillar Box Blue shows you how to make in simple detail.
10. Gilded acorn napkin rings
Are you still thinking about how much you love the idea of doing a painted acorn craft but you’re also the kind of person who likes a little bit of flair and shine in your decor scheme and seasonal pieces? Then we think you might really appreciate the way Hello Little Home got our their metallic gold paint to make these lovely, eye catching gilded acorn napkin rings in just a few simple steps!
11. Acorn and oak leaf basket
Have we actually got you feeling totally enamoured with the idea of attaching many corns and caps in one place to create a wonderfully wintery looking decor piece but you can’t help feeling like you’d rather create something a little more functional? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’d get along a little better with something like this fantastic acorn basket outlined step by simple step on An Extraordinary Day! It’s a great piece for putting on your entryway table to hold keys or spare change.
12. Rustic acorn and marble ornaments
Has your favourite idea on our list so far actually been that of using the dried acorn caps you collected but replacing the body of the acorn itself with something a little more colourful, crafty, and contemporary? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Rhythms of Play made these awesome acorn ornaments using glass marbles and some jute string.
13. Pom pom and acorn doll ornaments
Did we almost grab and keep your attention when we started talking about the milkweed babies idea because you loved the look of acorn caps as little hats on a doll, but you’d rather make something that might be a little more appealing to your kids? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at how Hello Wonderful put their yarn pom pom making skills to good use in order to made these acorn doll ornaments using beads for the heads and legs!
14. Glittery decor acorns
Are you feeling pretty certain that you’d prefer to keep your acorn display quite simple and just scatter them around or maybe fill a glass jar with them, but you can’t help wishing you had a slightly more glitzy option than just painting them? Then why not cover them entirely with glitter instead? This awesome tutorial from Somewhat Simple has all the steps you’ll need to follow laid out neatly and clearly.
15. Sweet acorn treats
Have your favourite and most practiced DIY skills actually always been those you’d use in the kitchen, so you’ve been scrolling through or list hoping to come across something acorn themed in the food department, even though that doesn’t involve crafting with actual acorns? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Sweet Simple Stuff used chocolate, peanut butter, and cookies to make these adorable sweet acorn treats!
Have you made other fantastic DIY acorn projects before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!