Acorns are something we always seem to have too much of around our house in the fall. This year I decided to create a centerpiece using natural resources from outside my door. With a can of spray paint, a hot glue gun, and and a little bit of time, you too can make your very own beautiful yet simple acorn centerpiece for your fall table.
I walked outside and was in awe of the sheer quantity of acorns on our driveway. Where did they all come from? The trees left me stunned. Though these acorns did not come from willow trees, the huge oak trees from which they fell could tell a lifetime of stories as each season passed.
I had been ruminating on how to create a simple, affordable, and classy fall centerpiece for my table and got an idea: why not use some of the acorns scattered across my driveway?
Though acorns are actually quite beautiful once cleaned up and placed in a jar, I decided to add a little pizzazz and make them sparkle and shine (quite literally).
- Acorn tops
- Spray paint (or regular paint) of your choice
- Hot glue gun
- Any other natural accessories (pine cones, leaves, etc.)
- Candle or other accent piece, if desired
I love Hobby Lobby so I decided to take a little trip before I began my project . I purchased a $1.50 plate to use as my “centerpiece holder”, two different spray paint colors, and some napkin ring holders (to add some formality to my place setting).
How to Make an Acorn Centerpiece
I first collected a huge pile of acorns and acorn tops. Baby E helped direct me to the perfect acorns for this project as she sat perched in her wagon.
Once we had all of our acorns and acorn tops, I spread them out on a towel so they could dry out (it had rained the night before we collected).
After the acorns dried, I split them into two different boxes. We DID NOT add the acorn tops to these boxes because I wanted those to remain their natural color.
I spray painted each box of acorns, waited 20 minutes (per the directions on the spray paint) and then rolled the acorns to the unpainted side and sprayed them. Some acorns did not get completely painted. Instead of detracting from the acorn, this added a depth of character and beauty to them that I think adds to the centerpiece.
Once the paint dried, I used my hot glue gun to glue the acorn tops to the painted acorns. Just a tip- the acorn top goes on the larger, flatter end of the acorn (the pointy side is left exposed). Also, I only put a small line of hot glue on the acorn. I didn’t want to waste my glue and the acorn top did not need more than a dot to stay on the acorn. Some of the acorns had small, white roots beginning to grow out of them them. I simply broke the roots off.
On my acorn hunt, I found a few acorns whose tops had not broken off. I added them to the centerpiece and left them unpainted. I also added a few small pine cones to the centerpiece for a subtle addition of depth to the piece.
Whether you place this centerpiece inside or outside, use it during the daytime or evening, it is sure to encourage a lot of compliments and begin great conversation.
All Things Fall Collab Below
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Have you ever thought of using acorns as decoration? Anything you would like me to try? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!