Good Day fellow crafters,
I don’t know what it is about fall, but it really makes me become obsessed with acorns! Ava and I love to collect them in our neighborhood when we go on our daily walks, and I like to collect them while Ava plays at the park….seriously it’s a problem! lol.
But regardless if your DNA kicks into squirrel mode during this time of year or not, you gotta admit that acorns do make for some great decor! However you need to do a few things before bringing all these guys into your home! Baking or soaking will help rid of little bugs living inside the acorn.
HOW TO BAKE ACORNS
1. Line a baking sheet with foil and pre heat oven to 175°.
2. Place acorns on sheet sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon and bake for about two hours.
3. During this time I like to light a candle near the oven and either meditate or say a little prayer for the little bugs. I know some may think that is silly, but a life is a life and feeling no remorse is wrong in my eye.
4. Once two hours have passed, check your acorns. You may have one or tow that cracked or even a little too toasted but the majority should be perfect for you.
After the acorns have cooled down I put them in a bowl and let Ava sort out the fully attached acorns and just the caps (using for another craft). She very much enjoyed this part. What toddler doesn’t love to touch, feel, then sort?? Make sure you give your toddler plenty of time to sort, let them learn from nature as well as accurately sort.
Once they have told you they are finished it is time to start painting the acorns!
HOW TO PAINT GLITTER ACORNS
1. This is a pretty simple step. I set up the table while the acorns were cooling.
- Butcher paper covered our whole table, but feel free to use a big sheet of paper and tape it to your table if you don’t have the butcher paper.
- Acrylic crafting paints, we only used two colors (check out why two colors is great for learning at Rhythms of Play)
- Small Bowl of Glitter, because who doesn’t love glitter?
- Paint brushes
2. Paint your acorns or have your toddler paint them. We tried to switch from painting either the cap or the nut, we like to still see the nature in the whole project.
3. Once an acorn is painted, dip it into your glitter bowl. Make sure the paint is completely covered with glitter then shake to remove access.
4. Lay flat onto your butcher paper to dry for a few hours.
That’s pretty much it! Once they are dry feel free to set them in a bowl for decoration or make an awesome fall centerpiece! The possibilities truly are endless!
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Question of the Day:
Where do you find your acorns at?
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