Fun autumn craft: pretty painted acorns

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What you will need

  • Acorns
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glitter
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrushes

This pretty craft is such a nice autumnal activity to do with the kids, all it requires is a little bit of painting, glitter-pouring, and some creativity!

It's a great excuse to get the kids out and about in the fresh air hunting for some acorns to make their craft. However, if the thought of catching a chill in the local park doesn't appeal to you, you'll be pleased to hear you can actually buy acorns on eBay for just a couple of pounds.

Once you've learnt how to paint acorns, you can use them to decorate your house, place them in a bowl on your coffee table and the glittery ones will really twinkle in the light! You could even string them together to make a pretty acorn garland. Enjoy!


Step 1

Gather all the materials you'll need to paint your acorns on a flat surface, use a wipeable tablecloth or put some newspaper down in case of any spillages.

When crafting with acorns you'll want to dry the acorns beforehand to kill any bugs that could be living inside. You can easily do this by placing the acorns on a baking tray in the middle of the oven and bake at 170 for two hours. Allow to cool before beginning your craft.

Step 2

Take half your acorns and using acrylic paints, paint them in a range of different colours. Painting the acorn itself, leaving the caps unpainted. Set aside to try.

Step 3

Cover the remaining acorns in PVA glue and sprinkle glitter generously over each acorn. Leave to one side to dry.

Step 4

When all your acorns are dry, you can arrange them around your house and make a pretty acorn display. Put them in a bowl with potpourri, or scatter them along your mantlepiece. They'll make a lovely feature wherever you decide to put them!

For crafts materials such as acrylic paints and PVA etc. visit Baker Ross, a family run craft business who are the leading suppliers of arts and crafts to schools and other organisations across the UK and abroad, based in Walthamstow, London.

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