Easy Glitter Acorn Craft

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Decorate your home for fall with this simple acorn craft. Glitter Acorns are easy to make and will look beautiful with your seasonal decor.

Here are a few more fall craft projects we think your kids will enjoy – DIY Fall Centerpiece, Animal Leaf Headbands, Painted Leaf Garland.

glittered acorns in a bowl

My Mom used to make BEAUTIFUL pine cone wreaths! I used to think she was a little crazy when she’d pull the car over and say, “Everyone out, help me gather these pinecones!” anytime we’d pass a pine tree! I guess it’s true when they say you become your mother because I am now that crazy lady.

On my way into the doctor’s office one day, I noticed HUNDREDS of big beautiful acorns under some trees. I shamelessly asked the nurse for a bag to collect them and then tried to ignore the strange stares I was getting as I grabbed handfuls of acorns and shoved them into my bag. I would have grabbed more, but my bag was starting to spill over! Here is my loot:

Glittery Acorns 2

My plan was to do an easy craft and paint them with a thin layer of glitter, glue the caps back on and use them for vase fillers. I ended up with soooo many acorns that I was able to use them in a few places around my home. Take a look at the fun way I used them in this pretty fall tablescape –

fall tablescape with acorns, greenery and candles

Aren’t the colors of fall so pretty? I love using natural materials in my art projects, and I’m so happy with the way they turned out! I was originally thinking they would be good for Thanksgiving, but I think all glammed up, they’ll work for Christmas too!

These glitter acorns are not only a great fall decor, they are also SUPER easy to make! Here’s how:

supplies needed to make acorns

How to Make Glitter Acorns


  • Acorns – If you don’t live near any oak trees that drop them, you can buy acorns HERE on Amazon.
  • Paint Brush
  • Paper Plate – or a surface to paint on when you can let your acorns dry.
  • Metallic Glitter Glue
  • Felt Ball Garland – For the tablescape.
  • Hot Glue Gun – If you need to glue the acorn cap back on any loose ones.
painting acorns with glitter glue


  1. Paint a light coat of glitter over each acorn and let it dry.
  2. Add as many coats of glitter as you’d like to get the sparkle you want.
acorns placed around candles on a table

3. Arrange these acorns around your home in your seasonal decor.

acorns in a bowl with a fall candle

There are so many ways you can use these acorns –

  • Use them as a vase filler
  • Glue them to yarn to make a garland and hang them on your mantle
  • Make Acorn Ornaments for your Christmas tree
  • Make an Acorn Wreath
  • Arrange them on a table runner, around some candles in your tablescape

Aren’t they so pretty?! I loved them so much, I used this acorn craft for inspiration in THIS tablescape too!

collage of glitter acorns used in seasonal decor

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  1. So beautiful! I'll have to dig out my acorns from the boxes in the attic!

    Yes Megan, you have become your crazy mother!

  2. These look great! I collected a BUNCH of acorns on my last vacation. The only problem ended up being when I put them in a clear glass container (with a lid) and bugs started to emerge! No more keeping them wrapped up!
    I seriously like the glittery-ness here!

  3. They do look stunning and my mum was just the same when i was a kid keeping pine cones and spraying them and doing stuff and i never appreciated it then but now i have become her and am missing collecting anything, i'm sure there must be a tree somewhere 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. those are GORGEOUS! you are so creative to think of that! i remember those acorns of the midwest…wishing i had some now!

  5. I love this! I just collected a bunch of acorns over the weekend to fill a display dish. I am going to glitter a few to add to it. Thank you for the great idea!

  6. This is an incredible idea!! So unique. We were considering doing the glittery acorn thing for our wedding soon but this may have just knocked the idea off the top spot =)

  7. Those are so pretty!!! Such gorgeous, big acorns, too! I learned the hard way to make sure there are no critters in my acorns…now I put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer for a few days before setting them out!

  8. I totally relate to the pine cone collecting. On my walks I scope out “public” areas with nice fallen pine cones. I use them a lot, so the more the merrier. I fill my window boxes and planters in winter, so they’re not empty, fill baskets, etc. As for your acorns–gorgeous!! Leave it to Martha to even make the best glitter.. Hate that Martha.. Thanks

  9. Megan, these are gorgeous! Can’t wait to get my hands on some acorns so I can try this! I just want to let you know that I featured your glittery acorns on my Favorite Finds post yesterday! When you have a chance, swing by and check it out! –> Have a great weekend!

  10. Those are gorgeous. I know it’s almost Thanksgiving, but I might have to make some any way.Beautiful!! I’m with Leanne, I think I’m going to need to make a handful of these. So pretty!

    So beautiful! I’ll have to dig out my acorns from the boxes in the attic!

    Yes Megan, you have become your crazy mother!