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Beautiful Acorn Wreaths, Garlands, and Crafts You’ll Want To Make

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 under an oak tree from a thunderstorm. 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.

Raw acorns for painting

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 acorn nuts and caps, whereas others use just the caps.

After gathering the acorn nuts and caps before crafting, I first recommend washing them in warm water and then leaving them dry.

Don’t worry if the caps come away from the nuts. They can easily be reattached with a bit of glue.

If you are going to craft with the actual acorn nut, I recommend 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, making 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 a great addition to any fall decor.

the best acorn wreaths, garlands and crafts

An excellent collection of vintage acorn and oak tree botanical leaf illustrations would also make lovely fall wall decor.

As well as cute acorns, I gather pine cones and craft with them. I’ve made pine cone flower hearts for Valentine’s and pine cone tiles for Christmas. Avocado pits are another great natural resource to craft with.

This post is featured under A for acorns on the A to Z list of upcycling ideas.

Michelle Leslie

Friday 23rd of October 2020

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.

Claire Armstrong

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.