31 Days of Fall Inspiration: Decorating for Fall with Acorns

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Decorating with Acorns for fall

When you think of decorating with acorns you probably think of the typical ways of filling a vase or candleholder with acorns.   Like this image from Pottery Barn that circulates the web.

acorns in vase

Or this one of acorns in mason jars from It All Started with Paint.

acorns in jars

Decorating with acorns in jars, candle holders, or vases is a classic, simple way to decorate for fall. 

And here’s a little different version of acorns mixed with pearls.  Find this version and tutorial at BHG too.

acorn candle holder

You can fill a lantern with acorns to add to a pretty fall tablescape.  Go check out this blue and white fall tablescape from Heather at the Picket Fence – it is gorgeous!


I love this cause it is unexpected, yet simple and lovely. Place some acorns and leaves around the base of a candle in a taper candlestick.  I love the gold glittered ones for this.  Check out another fall tablescape over at Stone Gable.

acorns on candlestick

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality shows you how to spray paint acorns to get that beautiful metallic look.


Or you could make some glittered acorns like Martha from Becoming Martha did.

glittered acorns

I love this idea of making a napkin ring from acorns.  I may have to do this idea!

acorn napkin ring

And here’s another acorn napkin ring version from BHG.

acorn napkin ring with pearls

But how about something different like making some specimen art from acorns?  Delia over at Delia Creates shows you how to make this.

acorn speciman art

Or an acorn picture frame from BHG?

acorn picture frame

I would have never thought of this – make flowers out of acorns – from BHG

Acorn petals

Love this acorn tree from Aubrey & Lindsey!  This could be a fall or Christmas decoration.

acorn tree

Then we can talk about acorn wreaths – oh, I love these!

Here is the natural version of an acorn wreath from Made.  But you have to click over and see all the other colors she painted it!

natural acorn wreath

My favorite is the probably the green version

Here’s a different version – a twig and acorn wreath!  Find the tutorial at Amaranth and Kale.

twig and acorn wreath

Here’s another version of an acorn wreath by BHG.

acorn wreath

  And another gorgeous version of an acorn wreath from Crafts Unleashed.

rustic acorn wreath

And I will end with this acorn vase.  Created by Kelly at Eclectically Vintage.


How to preserve/de-bug your acorns:

Here’s a tip for you before you bring a bunch of acorns inside and end up with a million little critters crawling out later that week.  After you collect your acorns, wash or soak them in water to remove all the dirt.  Then bake them on a foil lined cookie sheet on low (200-250 degrees) for 1 hour.  I read different things like 10 minutes at 350 or 2-3 hours on low, but I have done pinecones for about an hour at 250 and they have been fine.  This process will turn green acorns brown , but you won’t have critters hatching or crawling out in your house. 

Amanda from Small Home, Big Start has a great post on collecting, cleaning, baking and preserving acorns.  She even sprayed hers with a clear sealer and I love the look of them!

sealed acorns

So many ways to decorate with acorns!  I think I am going to head outside and see if there are any on the ground yet and do one of these projects. 

What is your favorite way to decorate with acorns?

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  1. Love those acorn flowers! Thanks for including my acorn vase – happy fall!
    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage recently posted..My Fall Table and a Giveaway!My Profile

  2. Love all this acorn inspiration! Now I need to order even more faux acorns! And thanks so much for including my mason jar votives!

    🙂 Linda
    Linda @ it all started with paint recently posted..Family Room Remodel … and a $100 Amazon Giveaway!My Profile

  3. I have never thought about decorating with acorns, but I love it! The simplicity is beautiful. I really like the idea of including them in glass jars with candles. I may have to try that!
    Colleen recently posted..Thanksgiving Traditions – Old and NewMy Profile

  4. Great Fall decorating idea!!
    Leah recently posted..Thrifty Thursday – Stock Up on MilkMy Profile

  5. OH! I LOVE this. My children know I love acorns so they bring them to me all fall and winter, so I can put this to good use. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with. So inpiring!!!


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