How to Make Acorns for Fall Decorating
I 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.
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.