How to Make Acorns for Fall Decorating

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How to Make Acorns for Fall Decorating

How to Make Acorns for Fall DecoratingI love fall. It's by far my favorite season to decorate for. Because my home decor is in neutral colors, the reds, yellows and oranges really stand out. I'm a big fan of mixing those colors with natural decor, like pine cones and acorns. I usually put them in hurricanes or vases. There are plenty of places to purchase these decorations, but since I live in a community surrounded by oak trees, why not get my acorns for free?

It's very easy to make acorns for fall decorating. I'm not talking about making them from scratch, but using what nature already has! 

First: Find an oak tree! They usually start to drop their acorns late September, early October. Take a basket or plastic bag with you if you plan on collecting more than a handful. Tip: try to find ones that still have their "hats" on. But if you can't, you can always pick up spare hats and glue them onto the body of other acorns.

Second: After you've found your acorns, take any small brush you have laying around and clean off any dirt.

Third: This is the most important step. If you skip this step, a few weeks later you'll find a disgusting surprise of weevil worms where ever you placed your acorns. Weevils live inside the acorns and eventually come out so it's important to kill them. Get rid of any chance of bugs hatching in your fall decor by placing the acorns in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2-3 hours. Be sure to turn them or move them around throughout baking so they don't burn. 

Fourth: Take them out of the oven to cool off. You can place them on a towel or leave them on the baking sheet over night. 

You're done! How to Make Acorns for Fall Decorating

Now that you know how to make acorns for fall decorating, it's time to put them to good use. Use them as vase or hurricane fillers or spread them around your dining room table for added warmth. 

Happy Decorating!




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Comments (19)

Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Suzanne ...That's a great tip to get rid of the worms, I bet most people did not know that!

Have a great day!

Sep 24, 2014 11:41 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

Hi Suzanne

I wish you many beautiful parties.  You do have a touch for decorating.

Sep 25, 2014 12:28 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Fall morning to you Suzanne.  My wife Debbie uses acorns she brought from Alabama to decorate in the Fall.  We use very natural things to decorate our Southwest home with year around.  Of course red chiles will be adorning our Christmas tree :)

Sep 25, 2014 12:52 AM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Suzanne, that's a great fall decorating idea! And baked Weevil Worms--quite the bonus!

Sep 25, 2014 01:14 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Great tip, Suzanne.  Hopefully no one skips step #3 and gets a nasty surprise!

Sep 25, 2014 04:13 AM
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

I'm so using this tip!! We've got acorns littering our driveway. Thanks, Suzanne!

Sep 25, 2014 04:34 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Suzanne. You are truly amazing. You make it sound all so simple, but you have such a creative mind, making something wonderful and how inexpensive at the same time.

Sep 25, 2014 07:25 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Rob, I figured I'd save them the horror ;-)

Thanks Elite Home Sales Team.

John I'd love to see a picture of that! 

Tom you can serve them as appetizers at parties! 

Thanks John.

Finally there's something to do with them Suzanne!

It's my gift Joe ;-)

Sep 25, 2014 11:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your fall decoration tips. Some of us did not know about baking acorns. I will post this on Facebook.

Sep 26, 2014 05:04 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

So then you have baked weevils.  I ha no idea. Thanks for the info.

Sep 26, 2014 10:21 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Suzanne.  Some excellent tips for beautiful fall decorations.

Sep 26, 2014 09:03 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Suzanne, what a great idea for fall decorating.  I had no idea that weevils live inside acorns!

Sep 27, 2014 01:33 PM
Cathy Hoogeboom
Fort Worth, TX
Helping you Love the Life you Live
How good to know! I actually never really was into decorating until recently, so it looks like I stumbled upon this tip just in the nick of time. Thanks!!
Sep 28, 2014 10:53 AM
Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


I didn't know about the weevils, thanks for the info. Beautiful display.

Sep 29, 2014 02:42 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Suzanne ... very interesting and thanks for the read 

Oct 01, 2014 09:08 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent tip of preventing the "surprise" from the acorns.  Most people don't realize that the little pests are waiting inside.

Oct 06, 2014 07:04 AM
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

Oh my goodness Suzanne Otto  I was not aware of step 3 and that is for sure a MUST DO!  Thank you for that handy tip!  

Oct 08, 2014 11:14 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Suzanne Otto. 

 John told me about your post so I wanted to check it out for myself.  I don't think Albuquerque has Oak Trees or acrons but I remember always using them for Fall decorations when I lived in Alabama.  I always pick up a bag from my parents yard when we visit them annually. 

Oct 13, 2014 11:31 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Thanks for the post Roy :)

It's gross Toni, lol.

Thanks for stopping by Gabe.

Aren't you glad you know now, Sharon

Hopefully I can inspire you a little Cathy!

Thanks Trisha.

You're welcome Vegas Bob!

And the surprise they get Sharon!'

You are very welcome Karen!

John, if you can get to them before the squirrels do, it's a great free way to decorate. 

Oct 20, 2014 02:49 AM