Fall harvest décor: Six crafts made with pinecones, acorns, and other nuts

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.

DIY these and display a dozen in a glass vase or big bowl. Beautiful and timeless! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres by Kathleen George.

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
  • Paint:
    • 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.

Beautiful, and made with everyday objects you find all around the yard. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Golden Nut & Pinecone Wreath by Kathleen George.

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?

This would make a beautiful Advent Wreath. Change out the candles for other seasons, too. Red for Christmas? Orange for Thanksgiving? CraftsnCoffee.com.

Golden Nut & Pinecone Candle Ring by Kathleen George.

I think Nature’s Stocking and the Natural Nut & Pinecone Star are my favorites. I love how the various nuts, textures and shades of brown create a natural mosaic.

The nuts and pinecones make the most beautiful, natural mosaics. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Nature’s Stocking and Natural Nut & Pinecone Star by Kathleen George.

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.

This is a classic craft, and so pretty. Arrange your nuts and pinecones on a cone of Styrofoam brand foam, and seal it to preserve it forever. Beautiful. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Natural Nut Topiaries by Kathleen George.

Which project is your favorite?

Happy crafting.


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9 Responses to Fall harvest décor: Six crafts made with pinecones, acorns, and other nuts

  1. Debbie says:

    All of the links on this page are broken. Any chance you could fix them, so I can get to the details for the wreath? Thanks!

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  3. Angie Dyer says:

    Just ask my family, I am the Queen of gold spray paint. I just love it on picture frames, holiday decorations, and mirror frames. I also have a beautiful pinecone wreath with a natural shine using the clear spray paint. Love these projects!

    • Sharon says:

      Ha, ha — I bet that title comes with a sparkling gold crown! It’s amazing what a can of spray paint can do. So glad you stopped in today — thank you. Sharon

  4. Sar Tann says:

    These are just beautiful. I can never get enough of pinecone and leaf crafts. 🙂

  5. LisaM6 says:

    What great fall projects. The one reminds me of something my Grandma hung up at her house.
    Love all the great ideas.

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad you stopped in today so you could see these, Lisa. Isn’t it great when a project brings back happy memories? And these are classics — they still look fabulous today. Sharon

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