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Making Acorn-Themed Ornaments and Holiday Crafts

With Christmas just around the corner, now is a great time to start crafting. Acorns are a fantastic natural material that is highly versatile in how it can be used to make ornaments and holiday crafts.

In this post we will tell you all about 5 unique ways to craft using acorns that are fun, easy, and low-cost! Plus, we will include the materials needed to make these crafts.

Keep reading to learn more about the different ways you and your family can get creative using materials provided by nature and add some artistic flare to your holiday season.

Acorn Figurines

acorn figurines

Acorn figurines are super simple but very fun to make. These little guys are crafted using mainly acorns, though pine cones work well as bodies as well. Their faces are easily painted on using paint markers.

The acorn cap is repurposed as hat and string can be wrapped around the stem of the cap in order to transform these figurines into hanging ornaments.

Materials needed:

  • Several acorns to mix and match
  • Hot glue or super glue
  • Toothpicks to be used as legs or arms
  • String to use to tie around the cap
  • Scissors to cut string

Metallic-Painted Acorns

metallic-painted acorns

Metallic-painted acorns are a great craft to make into ornaments, because the metallic colors of the paint will complement the traditional gold, silver, and bronze colorings of glass or plastic ornaments.

These painted acorns can also be used as other types of holiday decorations, such as potpourri. Plus, they are super simple to make and require very few materials and steps, making them great for younger children!

Be sure to place towels down to protect tabletops and floors from metallic paint splatter.

Materials Needed:

  • Acorns
  • Various metallic paint colors
  • Paint brushes
  • Towels

Painted Faces and Characters on Acorns

painted faces and characters on acorns


Take painting acorns to the next level by painting faces and characters on to them using acrylic paints. This type of craft is where individuality can really shine as kids and family members create their own interpretations of how an acorn should look.

Make this craft extra festive and paint holiday character faces, such as Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, or even stack three together to make Frosty the Snowman.

Materials Needed:

  • Acorns
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Towels

Acorns as Wrapping Decorations

acorns as wrapping decorations

Acorns make for great details. Using plain or painted acorns as part of a wrapping decoration is an excellent way to take a unique and organically artsy approach to gift wrapping.

Pair acorns with other details such as twine to wrap like a bow and hand-crafted name tags. This can also be worked into a theme by matching other gift wrappings to this style to make for a unique gift layout beneath your Christmas tree.

Materials needed:

  • Acorns
  • Twine
  • Cardstock for handmade name tags
  • Wrapping paper

Acorns on a Moss Holiday Tree

acorns on a moss holiday tree

This is a heftier craft than the rest but can be quite the beautiful handmade decoration when given some time and effort.

Created using a cone structure (hint: try making a cone with poster board!), the tree shaped form is covered in decorative green moss to give it the appearance of pine needles, and then decorated using acorns and other ornaments glued on to its sides.

Materials Needed:

  • Cone structure, can be made using posterboard
  • Decorative moss
  • Acorns
  • Additional ornaments
  • Hot glue

Final Thoughts

Christmas is a great time to get creative, and these acorn crafts offer plenty of opportunity for self-expression and holiday cheer! Try one (or all five!) out to mix up and add some flare to your crafting this holiday season!

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