Today’s tutorials are classics – how to make crafts with pinecones, acorns, and other fall finds. The Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres are beautiful au naturel, of course, but we went for glam with a metallic gold finish. I’m also sharing links to five more pinecone and nut crafts that will cozy up your home this fall. So go ahead, stuff your pockets on your next fall walk, and craft a little fall décor.
To make Golden Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 3” balls; scrap piece
- Acorn caps, 3/4″ wide, 2 cups
- Unshelled hazelnuts, 3/4″ long, 2 cups
- Pinecones, 1/4″ – 1/2″ long, 2 cups
- Acrylic craft paint in metallic gold*
- Spray paint in metallic gold*
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Wood skewers; stiff paintbrush; newspaper
*A note about the paints: You’ll want to use the acrylic craft paint on the balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and the spray paint on the acorn caps, hazelnuts and pinecones. Please do not spray paint the foam balls, as the solvents in the paint may melt a portion of the foam.
To make Golden Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres:
1. If there’s any chance that your woodland treasures might have pests, you’ll want to prep them first. WikiHow has a great tutorial on how to do this. (Trust me, you don’t want to skip this step!)
2. Insert a wooden skewer into each foam ball, and use the skewers as a handle. Paint the foam balls with the metallic gold, acrylic craft paint. Insert the skewers into the scrap piece of foam to hold the balls upright while the paint dries.
3. Spread out newspaper and spray paint the acorn caps, nuts and pinecones gold. Let dry.
2. Cover balls, gluing individual pieces as close together as possible:
- Glue acorn caps, stems down, to cover one ball.
- Glue hazelnuts, points facing out, to cover second ball.
- Glue pinecones, stems down, to cover the third ball.
Here’s another glamorous and golden project that will look beautiful hanging over a mantel, on a door, or where ever you need a golden touch – a Golden Nut & Pinecone Wreath.
If you’d like to dress up your table this fall, make a Golden Pinecone & Nut Candle Ring. You could also skip the paint, and leave it natural, of course. Wouldn’t this make a beautiful Advent Wreath, too?
I remember my mother making Natural Nut Topiaries years ago. These are really timeless, and I don’t think they ever go out of style.
Which project is your favorite?