Have you ever thought about using an item from the ground outside in your seasonal and holiday décor? What about the almighty acorn?
They’re one of my favorite surfaces to use for fall, and I love that they can be used through Thanksgiving, as well.
Not to mention how budget friendly they are. When you collect them from the ground, they’re completely free. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Now – you might be in a warm climate like I am and no acorns have fallen yet, or maybe there are no oaks where you live. It’s okay! You can use unfinished wood acorns instead. I purchased mine online from Amazon.
DIY Glittered Acorn Centerpiece
• Real or unfinished wood acorns
• Mod Podge Gloss — Need some Mod Podge? Pick some up & save with a Michaels coupon!
• Glitter in your favorite color
• Acrylic paint to match the glitter
• Silicone craft mat or wax paper
• Mixing container for the glitter and Mod Podge
Step 1: Ready your acorns!
Your first step, if you collected acorns from the ground, will be to clean and bake them. Little worms can hide in acorns, and you don’t want them coming out while you’re crafting!
Clean any dirt or debris off your acorns and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 175 degrees (or the lowest setting) for 1 1/2-2 hours, turning every 30 minutes. This will completely dry them out.
If you purchased unfinished acorns, you’re ready to go!
Step 2: Add some color
Use your acrylic paint to cover the base of your acorns in the color that matches your glitter. This step is important so the glitter doesn’t look splotchy and so your acorn base looks consistent.
Tip: Paint your acorns on one side, let dry, then flip and paint again. I didn’t paint the tops because I like the natural look of the top of an acorn — even on the unfinished wood ones!
Step 3: Get glittered
I have a unique, no-mess way for you to apply the glitter! You’re going to need your glitter and some Mod Podge Gloss.
I poured about 1-1 1/2 ounces of Mod Podge into the side of a recycled snack container. (They made perfect paint trays!) Then I added 1/2 of the container of glitter and stirred. Voila! You’ve made your own glitter paint with no mess required!
Now apply this glitter paint to the acorns just like you did with the base coat of paint: Apply it to one side, let dry, then flip and apply to the other. I did this several times and let my acorns completely dry before displaying.
Tip: Apply the glitter paint to the acorns on a clear silicone mat or wax paper so the Mod Podge doesn’t stick.
I love my glittery acorns! You can use any color of glitter you like; neutrals are big right now, but don’t be afraid to go bold and bright! Display these in containers on your mantel or coffee table, or even use them in a holiday centerpiece on the table.