There are many acorn trees on my daily walk and come Autumn the ground is littered with the little acorn caps as the squirrels have eaten all the nuts. I still love to gather the husks and use them for making felt acorns. Which I use for acorn wreaths and gift toppers.
This year there seems to be an abundance of acorns which according to folklore is a sign that we are in for a harsh winter!
Another legend about acorns is that Thor (the Norse god of thunder) sheltered from a thunderstorm under an oak tree. This has led to the belief that having an acorn on a windowsill will prevent a house from being struck by lightning, hence the popularity of window blinds decorated as acorns.
Acorns are perfect for fall decorations they look so sweet and instantly make you think of Autumn. Here I’ve rounded up some of my favourite acorn wreaths, garlands and crafts.
Hopefully, you will find something to inspire you for your fall crafting. Just make sure you gather the acorns before the squirrels nab them all. However, it’s not just the squirrels that eat them, some birds and other small mammals like them too.
Preparing Acorns For Crafting
Some of the crafts below use both the acorn nut and caps, where as others use just the caps.
After gathering the acorn nuts and caps before crafting I first recommend washing them both in warm water and then leaving them to dry.
Don’t worry if the caps come away from the nuts the can easily be reattached with a bit of glue.
If you are going to craft with the actually acorn nut, I recomend one more stage of preparation before crafting.
Acorn nuts often have little mites inside them and you don’t want these crawling out of your perfect acorn wreaths. To get rid of these tiny insects that live inside the nut I suggest roasting them in a low oven for about 20 mins.
Roasting the acorns like this also produces a nice even colour which will make the acorn crafts look even better.
Creative Ideas For Fall Acorn Wreaths, Garlands and Crafts
Here I have collected the best acorn crafting ideas from my blogging friends. Acorns are a cute fun natural resource to craft with and are great addition to any fall decor.
I sure hope the one lonely oak tree I've managed to find in our area has enough acorns to try some of these out :D and thank goodness we don't have any squirrels to compete with either.
Saturday 24th of October 2020
Thank you, Michelle. I’ve only been to South Africa once and that was to Cape Town when I was a very young child we arrived by ship from Hong Kong on our way to England. All I can remember about South Africa was actually feeding the squirrels in the park.