After a brief windstorm a few weeks ago we have a large limb fall in our yard. I went out there to find A LOT of acorns on the ground. These were pretty large and mostly still in one piece. Not only was I thinking about how was I going to move this large limb but I needed to get these acorns out of the yard so the new grass seed can grow. I picked up a large box of acorns and decided I would use them for decorating around the house. Even though acorns are prevalent in our yard yearly, I am sharing how to preserve them so you can keep them year to year and more importantly get the bugs out! Time to learn the processing of preserving acorns for fall decor to use year after year. Be sure to check out our Christmas Acorn Project too.
I saw a small bag of acorns at our craft store for $4. It contained about 20 acorns. With this simple process of preserving your acorns you can have hundreds for about $5. This post does contain affiliate links that we earn a few cents if you purchase from them.
Decorating and Preserving Acorns for Fall Decor
Be sure to go thru your box of acorns and dispose of any that already have holes or are broken.
Wash the dirt off the acorns, this was easy for me since it had rained the day before.
Place them on a cookie sheet, lined with tin foil and bake at 200 degrees F for 2 hours. I set the timer every 30 minutes to shake the tray so they don’t burn onto the sheet.
Allow them to cool completely and then spray with a clear coat spray . We used a satin variety so it has a little shine. Allow to dry and turn over the acorns and reapply the spray. After applying spray to both sides, allow acorns to dry completely and now you can use them in your fall decor. If any of the tops fall off, you can always hot glue them back on or use them in separate craft projects.
I did not preserve these but here is an easy way to display a few candles on a table for a great fall centerpiece.
Fill some wine glasses with a mini fake pumpkin and several acorns, turn over and add a candle.
Fill any glass jar with acorns and candles. I like to use electric candles so they don’t drip any wax onto the acorns.
If you are lucky to find some acorns still attached to the twigs, remove the leaves and place them in a vase for a fun arrangement. When my dried they fell off so you definitely want to hot glue them on.
I also dried some Chinese Laterns I grew which also add wonderful Fall Colors into your fall decor.
Whatever you chose to do to create a warm fall atmosphere in your home check out these other Easy DIY Fall centerpiece post.