Go a Little Nutty With Acorn Decorations for Fall
They're earthy, easy to find and free. Squirrel some acorns away for fall decorating and watch your home's seasonal spirit grow
As the weather starts to turn chilly and cool, it's time to nestle in and bring out warm, soothing autumn-colored decorations. Pinecones, leaves and pumpkins have long been a part of Thanksgiving; now acorns are starting to make up ground as a popular and conveniently free alternative for tabletops and mantels. Check out these DIY ideas and ready-made picks that incorporate this easy-to-find nut.
For a romantic, candlelit dinner for two or another intimate fall gathering, set the mood with these fun-size acorn candles. They float, so be sure to place them in water for the full effect.
For a creative approach to holiday decorating, place some twigs in a rock-filled vase and hang these adorable felt acorns from the branches.
Take the bobbing-for-apples look to the next level with this creative DIY centerpiece from Doreen at Hymns and Verses. Because of the easy-to-find materials, it's a great last-minute decorating option for any fall get-together.
Tip: Before bringing acorns inside, it's a good idea to clean them thoroughly to be sure you're not bringing in any bugs. Simply rinse the acorns in a bowl and gently scrub them with a soft brush. Check for holes in the shells and toss any that look suspicious. Allow them to air dry thoroughly. Optional: After washing the acorns, bake them on a foil-lined cookie sheet at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
For an easy, festive centerpiece, place real or faux acorns in a glass hurricane and add a candle. Simple!
The holiday season is a great time to add some sparkle, so bling out your acorns with paint. Laura from Finding Home went with gold to complement those warm fall tones.
Bring a refreshingly different fall color to your tabletop with these adorable forest-green salt and pepper shakers. The leaf tray makes passing the salt (and doing cleanup) a breeze.
Instead of reaching for your typical wreath this season, branch out with this easy-to-make acorn wreath from Dana at Made.
When your cake stand isn't displaying yummy desserts, let it be a centerpiece. Fill it with leaves, pumpkins and oversize wooden acorns for a nice touch of autumn.
If the weather already has you in the Christmas spirit, mix the holiday into your fall decor by placing these fun acorn jingle bells in a basket or adding them to a garland.
For a shabby-chic fall centerpiece, fill a worn whitewashed crate with acorns on a bed of dried moss.
Ideabook published on Nov. 17, 2012.
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