I know as someone who writes a blog I probably should have written this post at least two months ago, but it only became relevant in my life less than two weeks ago, and between my scattered Mommy Brain and hosting 21 people for Thanksgiving dinner, it is just not happening until right now. I wish I could be more organized and on top of things and think ahead, but it just doesn’t happen… Especially these days with a testing toddler!
Between having a new home to decorate and feeling the need to do something creative with my life, I actually wanted to have at least some autumn decor this year. I bought a wreath for my front door, even though I hoped to make one, but it was 50% off at Hobby Lobby post-Halloween so I gave myself a break. I also bought some pumpkins to put out front to add some color to our brown landscaping, thanks to Snowvember. I have been trying to figure out a centerpiece for our dining table to leave up year-round, so I figured I might as well figure out a Thanksgiving one. My friend told me she came across painted acorns on Pinterest and I loved the idea. Especially since it was hard to walk around our backyard in the fall without fear of getting hit on the head by a falling acorn! I ended up following this simple tutorial.
First, I scrounged around for acorns. Since it was already late in the season, a lot of the tops had unfortunately fallen off so it wasn’t quite as easy as I had hoped. I put them in a plastic bag as I went, and Big Guy took them out. After a couple of weeks I finally got around to baking the acorns to kill any bugs that may be living in them. I baked them in the oven on an aluminum foiled baking tray for 2 hours at 170 degrees. Then they sat on my island staring at us all and taking up valuable counter space for a few more days.
I expected some of the tops to fall off, but I think because my acorns were already so old, about half of them fell off. I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to hot glue them all on, but Matt somehow motivated me to just do it. I’m glad I did. I also read it is easier to glue them back on before painting, so that’s what I did, and I agree!
Then I could finally start painting them! I chose to use earthy tones that match our home decor but still represent autumn. I went with teal, blue, mustard, and orange acrylic paint. I painted with the grain of the acorn and then just laid them on the newspaper to dry, not worrying too much about the flat spot leaving a very noticeable mark.
Once I collected all the painted acorns, some more tops fell off so I needed to hot glue some more. I definitely recommend doing this project early on in the acorn-falling season to alleviate this issue. In the end, it really wasn’t that big of a deal anyways because THEY LOOK AWESOME.
I kept them in a wooden bowl I picked up during our missions trip to Guatemala, and then scattered them along the burlap table runner we used for Thanksgiving.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for a Christmas centerpiece. Maybe this holiday I will finish it earlier than the week before. I’m thinking of painting some pine cones I have on hand. We shall see…