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Turn Acorns into Pumpkins for Halloween
A nutty craft idea for the entire family to enjoy!
I adore this craft idea for the autumn holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Best of all, it is a cheap pumpkin project for you and your kids to work on during the exhilarating fall weather when the children (and you) are bouncing off the walls looking for something to do! This project involves finding acorns, prepping them for a craft and painting those little babies to look like pumpkins.
Once you have the acorns painted, you will find loads of ways to use them in you decorations for Halloween. After October 31st, you can then extend their use for Thanksgiving! If you are like me, I loathe spending a lot of time on putting up decorations only to take them down a few weeks later.
I put my little pumpkins out in September. After Halloween, I simply turn the pumpkins with jack-o-lantern faces to the back of what ever arrangement they are in and use them until Thanksgiving.
All images are mine unless otherwise stated. Use with attribution, please. The image to the right is how I have used the acorn pumpkins as a candle ring on my dining table. Cute, huh?
Supplies for this acorn project: - All are available on Amazon.com
My orange paint is most likely dried up by now so I need to visit Amazon to purchase more. Oh, I forgot! I had my oak tree cut down last winter because it was sending roots into the septic tank and I need more acorns. Oh well, thank goodness one can purchase craft nuts on Amazon, too.
Wood Acorns -- no bugs in these nuts!
Inexpensive craft paint, if you do not already have some on hand.
Instructions for creating these cute little acorn pumpkins:
I will disclose that the idea for painting the acorns to look like pumpkins is not mine. I saw the project on a Disney Family Fun webpage. The original instructions called for brown paint for the stems, but I used green.
BTW, the noses on my Jackolantern Pumpkins are actually weevil holes. They were in the perfect spot, fortunately, and I did not have to toss them to the squirrels. I found the holes before I "baked" the acorns and since the position of the hole was in a usable spot, I baked them along with the rest of their unblemished nut family.
Ingredients for making this crafty project:
- orange craft paint
- green craft paint
- black marker
- Gather ye acorns while ye may and wipe off any dirt. Bake in a 200 degree oven for one hour to kill the weevils inside the acorns. (you can skip this step if you buy the acorns from a store) Another blog suggests putting the acorns on a cookie sheet and baking them in a 170 degree oven for 1.5 hours. The author goes on to state "Shake the pan every 20-30 minutes to keep the acorns from burning."
- Cool. After removing caps from the nuts, paint the acorns orange. (Tip: save the acorn caps to use in other projects. They make cute "wooden" bowls for a Doll House.)
- With a tiny brush, paint the point on the tip of the acorn green to make it look like a stem. Let the paint dry. Use a black marker, like a "sharpie" to draw a jackolantern face on the pumpkin if you want to use the acorn pumpkin for Halloween.
One way to paint your acorn:
I did not dip my acorns to paint them. I hold the nut with my thumb and pointing finger. Messy, but effective. I like to have a paper plate handy to put my on to dry.
"Silly Eagle" dipped the nuts like one would dip a strawberry in chocolate. The caps are left on these acorns and used as a handle while dipping.
A Marker to create the cutest jackolantern face on your acorn:
One blogger recommended this brand of marker for making the faces on your acorn.
Remember, "ultra-fine" point is NOT suitable for this project. Just get the "fine" point.
Ways to use the Pumpkin Acorns
(Halloween and/or Thanksgiving!)
1. Glue the pumpkin acorns on a straw wreath. You can cover the entire wreath with them or just use as accents.
2. Put the orange decorated nuts in a clear glass pumpkin shaped jar.
3. The acorns can be made into a ring to go around a candle!
4.Use one acorn to make a miniature jack-o-lantern for a doll house!
5. Make painted acorn necklaces.
6. If you have a "money tree" that was used a while ago, you can reuse it by hanging those painted acorns from the empty limbs! See my page How to make a Gift Money Tree if you need a tree to decorate!
If you have any ideas not listed above, feel free to make suggestions in the "guestbook" provided at the bottom of the page.
Acorn Pumpkins inside a Glass one! - scroll down to find one on eBay
Want the Clear Glass Pumpkin Jar?
I will not sell you my pumpkin jar, but you might find one like it on Amazon. Actually, I found one on Amazon and have provided a link below. (Yes, I will get a small commission.)
It would take a lot of acorns to fill up the jar, so you better get busy.
Purchase the Pumpkin Jar on Amazon:
More Creative Acorn Pumpkin Ideas on the web: - find ways to use your tiny pumpkins around the house!
Painting acorns is not a new craft idea. There are so many of them on the web, so I culled out a few of my favorites for you. You can thank me later for saving you time.
- Creative Outlets of a Thrifty Minded Momma: Pumpkin Acorn Lineup
This thrifty mom shares a cute way to display your acorn artsy pumpkins!
- Acorn Pumpkins: Shannon's Tot School
This blog illustrates that a 5 year old can successfully paint those acorns. She uses the same method that I do to paint those tiny nuts.
- How to Make Pumpkins From Acorns | eHow
How to Make Pumpkins From Acorns. Acorns have a smooth surface which makes them perfect for painting. Their shape lends them to making such things as pumpkins for Halloween. This eHow article suggests using yellow paint for the jackolantern faces so
- Painted Acorns | Inspired by Charm
This webpage used spray paint on the acorns. This article also has some cute suggestions for using those painted acorns, too.
- DIY for Fall: Decorate with Painted Acorns | The Good WeeklyThe Good Weekly
Introduction: "You know fall is here when the acorns come out. But while the whole world is embracing oranges, golds, reds and browns, we like the idea of playing with color." By color this blogger means metallic greens and blues, etc. Beautiful!
I love coming up with new ideas to decorate my home during the fall. I am frugal, so I am really good at coming up with ways to extend the usage of items I already have on hand. If you have another way I can use my tiny jackolanterns and pumpkins, please let me know.
Thanks for sharing!