If you can get to them before the squirrels do, acorns have a tremendous amount of decorating potential! You can use them plain or put your own personal touch on them by painting them! Here is a fun, festive fall craft to spruce up your RV décor, using acorns. Send the kids out to gather as many as they can find!
Preparing The Acorns
Before you use any outdoor items like acorns you want to be sure to kill anything that has made these little nuts home. To do this, all you have to do is bake them. Set your oven to 200° and line a baking sheet with foil! Lay your acorns out on the sheet and bake them for around 2 hours. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t start to burn. Let them cool before you handle them so you don’t end up burnt either.
To add a little color to your acorns use acrylic paint. The easiest way to do this is by holding the acorn by the cap and painting the bottom portion with a brush. Leaving the cap the natural color off sets the paint and gives it a great look. If your cap falls off, or you decide it would be easier to paint by removing it, you can simply put it back on with hot glue! Once they’re dry you can use them in plenty of different ways to spruce up your RV’s interior.
Turning Them Into Décor
You can easily display your acorns in decorative bowls or put them down in candle-holders with a candle. If you want to do a little something more with them, we’ve got a few crafts for you! These are all pretty easy and require minimal supplies. Have fun and get creative!
This makes an adorable decoration and maybe even a great gift for grandma! All you have to do is head over to the dollar store and get an inexpensive picture frame. Using hot glue, secure the acorns around the frame with the caps pointed outward. Ensure the glue is cooled and hardened before picking it up so they don’t fall back off.
This is a super cute way to turn your acorns into a thanksgiving decoration that looks great! Head on down to that dollar store again and get 6 small square glass candle-holders and some cinnamon sticks. Then head to the craft store for some pretty letter stickers. Send the kids out for some small pinecones, and bake them just as you did with the acorns. While the pinecones are baking, stick one letter of the word “Thanks” on each candle-holder. Once everything is ready to go, place a few acorns, a couple small pinecones, and a cinnamon stick in each candle-holder. Arrange them in order on a mantel or shelf, placing extra acorns and pinecones between each candle-holder to add to the look!
Put those acorns on display for the whole neighborhood by making this fall wreath! All you need for this one is a floral wreath from the craft store, your painted acorns, a hot glue gun, and an old T-shirt! Glue the acorns to the floral wreath. While the glue turns solid, cut the t-shirt into long strips. Braid 3 strips of the t-shirt together and then wrap them around the top of the wreath. Tie in a nice knot at the top and hang your wreath!
Natural decorations create a calming and comforting atmosphere and they let you enjoy the outdoors year round during the cold seasons too! When everything outside is covered in white flakes, you’ll have a nice little reminder on what’s under all that snow.