Today, I’m going to show you how to paint acorns! I first saw this fall project from my friend Catherine many years ago. I don’t have an oak tree, but the site I frequent while camping has two very mature oak trees.
So, I collected a bunch of fresh acorns, and washed them off. I have an awesome sink table I place at the back of my camper every time I camp.
I let the acorns dry and turn brown for about two weeks in this basket (outdoors)
How Long Do I Bake Acorns?
To make sure there were no critters anywhere, I baked my dried acorns at 180° for two hours.
To do this, I used a piece of parchment paper on a cookie tray. I did shake the tray a couple of times while baking. Heated acorns have a strange odor to them, so you may want to do this when you can open the windows.
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How To Glue Acorn Caps
What I didn’t know was this—baking the acorns released 99% of the little caps. Many of them were still on the acorns, but not attached. Those were very quickly glued back on using a small glue gun. Because I didn’t want to run a long extension cord out to the picnic table, I opted for my Ryobi Inverter.
How To Paint Acorns
The easiest way to paint acorns, believe it or not is with nail polish! It’s glossy, goes on smoothly, dries rather quickly and is very durable! It may surprise you to know that my neighbor Rodney is actually the one who thought of this. I probably should have ordered some nail polish replacement brushes to use on the rest of the acorns.
Using a cheap soft paint brush, I continued painting acorns in various colors. To keep the paint off the picnic tablecloth, I used waxed paper.
Did I mention that I painted all these acorns while camping back at the original site where I collected them? It was a beautiful week of weather, and the process was actually very relaxing.
Everyone needs a little sparkle, right? So, of course I had to do some gold glitter acorns.
After seeing how Catherine gave some shine to her painted acorns, I decided to use a spray sealer on my pretty acorns!
I had some raw acorns, not painted left over. I decided to give them a little shine also!
This may help you decide if YOU want to paint acorns. Top left are the acorns after they were sealed. On the top right are the painted acorns after they were sealed. Finally on the bottom are baked, raw acorns with no paint or sealer.
Painted Acorns in a Dish
Do you have a favorite color? Do you think you will ever paint acorns?
Or do you prefer the acorns with spray sealer to protect them and make them have a sheen?
I would love for you to save and share this project on Pinterest. Thanks!