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Last Updated on September 12, 2018 by Diane Hoffmaster
I went for a walk yesterday and all along the ground I am starting to see more and more acorns. It got me wondering about creative things to do with acorns since they are so plentiful right now. My son always used to gather them up to use in his slingshot (target practice only of course!) but I figured there had to be a ton more ways to use acorns except for target practice. I started to do a bit of research and am honestly amazed at how many uses for acorns that I found.
Creative Things to do With Acorns
Wondering what to do with acorns that are littering your yard right now? There are a TON of creative natural crafts, decor ideas, and simple fall activities that you can use them in. Here are just a few ways to use acorns around your house this fall:
Feed them to the birds:
If you are wondering how to attract birds to your yard, the easiest way to do that is with food! If you go on a walk, take a bag with you and bring home some acorns for your backyard birds. Nuts are a great source of fat for energy and healthy feathers. Nuts are especially popular as a winter bird food because they are long-lasting and easy to store for later use. Woodland bird species like woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, robins and many others will feast on acorns if you put them in a tray near your bird feeder to keep them away from squirrels.
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Make an easy acorn centerpiece:
Fill a large, clear jar or vase with acorns and tuck a votive candle in the center. Make sure the votive is in a glass candle jar to prevent fires! This makes a very inexpensive centerpiece for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Check out this acorn centerpiece idea on Pinterest for inspiration! If you are having a holiday party, this is a very frugal way to decorate!
Do math with them:
If you home school (or just like playing educational games with your kids) acorns are a great way to teach counting and sorting skills. You can practice simple addition and subtraction problems or ask your child to sort them by size or color. There are endless ways to use acorns in your home school program. Including nature in your lesson plans is a great way to teach STEM concepts to kids.
Acorn sprouting science experiment:
Acorns are just giant oak tree seeds. Teach your child how seeds sprout and about the life of an oak tree by planting the acorn in some soil and watering it to encourage it to sprout. You can do this in a pot full of soil or use a glass beer or soda bottle full of water. As long as the water keeps the base of the acorn wet, the acorn will sprout right out the top of the bottle.
Make an acorn headband for your child:
Take a simple, plain headband and kick it up a bit with acorns and a few felt fall leaves. Using a hot glue gun, glue on acorns and leaves and turn a boring dollar store headband into something your child will have fun showing off.
Make Acorn crafts:
There are so many acorn crafts on Pinterest it is hard to list them all. From painted acorn necklaces to tiny little acorn mice, check out a few of these acorn crafts for some really creative things to do with acorns this fall.
If you are looking for things to make out of acorns, I love the acorn people that were featured on Martha Stewart! Check out this video and learn how to make this easy acorn craft yourself!
Learn how to turn them into food:
Back before the age of grocery stores and farmers markets, people ate the things they found nearby. Did you know that acorns are edible? Learn how to turn acorns into food and discover the joys of wildcrafting in your own back yard. This is one of those things to do with acorns that I will have to take other people's word for. I don't think I could get my family to eat acorns!
Crush them for even more uses:
According to the articles I read online, crushed acorns can be used as bedding for some reptiles and even burned in pellet stoves. You may want to do a bit more research on these ideas if you plan on doing them.
Acorn photo frame:
Have a cute fall photo that you want to show off? Glue a ton of acorns to a thrift shop photo frame and really set a nice scene for your fall photo! Check out how to make an acorn photo frame and grab your glue gun.
Who would buy acorns? People who are crafty and enjoy selling their craft creations for money. Sell acorns on eBay or Craigslist and make a few dollars, even if you aren't crafty yourself! If you can't think of any more things to make with acorns but still have WAY too many, selling them may be a good idea.
How to Dry Acorns for Crafts
You may want to dry out your acorns a bit before using them. To prevent mold, you may want to preserve acorns before you use them. Here is how you do it:
- Harvest your acorns as soon as you can once they fall from the tree.
- Place them in a bowl of water to rinse them. Agitate them gently and drain.
- Lay the acorns on a towel to dry for about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 175 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
- Place the acorns on a cookie sheet and put pan in the oven.
- Place the acorns in the oven for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Leave the oven door cracked slightly so it doesn't get too hot.
- Remove them from the oven and let cool completely. Then, use in acorn crafts as needed.
There are so many creative things to do with acorns so make sure you bring a bag to gather them up on your next nature walk!
Have any other ways to use acorns that you want to share?
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.