Simple and beautiful Christmas ornaments can really present an elegant Christmas. Making your own ornaments is a budget friendly way to celebrate and decorate for Christmas. These stunning DIY acorn ornaments are understated, beautiful and easy to make, the perfect addition to any simple Christmas theme.
How to Make These DIY Acorn Christmas Ornaments
Handmade acorn ornaments are easy to make yourself. They add a bit of pizzazz and pop to any tree, especially when you use beautifully accented ribbon or eye-catching metallic paint. In order to make these ornaments, you’ll only need a few simple items.
What You Need to Put This Craft Together
- Acorns – you can forage acorns if you have them available, or feel free to purchase them online.
- Screw Eyes – These are used to attach the ribbon to the acorn.
- Metallic Paint – I used Country Chic’s Lucky Penny Metallic Paint. Their paint is eco-friendly and really great quality. Use my code Lavender10 for 10% off your order!
- Ribbon – Use whatever ribbon matches your Christmas décor. I used a white and red striped twine, perfect for a simple and understated Christmas.
- Handheld Drill – You will need a 1/16 drill bit too.
- Hot Glue Gun
Preparing Your Acorns
Before using your acorns, it is important to prepare them for crafting. If your acorns have been foraged, they must be cleaned and baked before crafting. Acorns can have dirt, mold and mildew in them.
After cleaning your acorns of debris, place your acorns on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes. This will kill any bugs, mildew or mold without setting the acorns on fire.
After your acorns have been baked and cooled, be sure to glue the tops of the acorns onto the bottom. This way, the tops of the acorns won’t fall off. If you don’t have time to prepare your acorns, or you don’t have access to foraged acorns, you can order acorns online.
Putting These Ornaments Together
Now that your acorns are prepared for crafting, there are a few simple steps to making your acorn ornaments. Put these together in an afternoon and hang them on your tree!
The first step is to use your handheld drill and with a tiny drill bit (I used a 1/16th drill bit) and drill a small hole into the top of the acorn. This will be used for the screw eyes. You will then use your hot glue gun and add a tiny bit of glue to glue the screw eyes into the acorn top.
Once your glue has dried, your acorn is ready to be painted. I painted each acorn with Country Chic’s Lucky Penny Metallic Paint. Using an artist brush, I hand painted each acorn completely and allowed them to dry. (Use the code Lavender10 for 10% off your order!)
After the acorns have had time to dry, it’s now time to add the ribbon! This can be whatever ribbon you desire. For this project, I used a red and white striped twine. I chose to tie the ribbon at the base of the acorn so that it had a cute bow overhanging.
Decorating with Your Acorns
These acorn ornaments are stunning yet understated. They go well with a rustic themed Christmas, a simple Nordic Christmas or even a Farmhouse Christmas. Adding the ribbon of your choice can really dress the ornament up or keep it as simple as can be!
If you’re looking for a budget friendly and easy DIY gift for Christmas, make a small set of these in a theme you think would be perfect! These acorns look elegant without being over the top. As mentioned above, they can fit into so many Christmas décor themes.
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Terra Booth says
These are so cute! Definitely something my daughter would love to try!
Cynthia Mackintosh says
These are adorable! I can’t believe Christmas is just 5 months away!
What cute acorns!
Suz | TravelsWithSuz.com says
Great idea! They’re adorable! I used to love decorating pine cones as decorations. Never thought of acorns – but then, there aren’t too many in New Mexico. The city makes a giant tumbleweed snowman each winter – which I think is hilarious!
What a cute idea! Would love to do this with friends and family for a holiday craft night
Erica Pittenger says
We are totally doing this this year! We always make an ornament! I love this!!!
Oh my gosh stop! These are SO adorable! I love it!! I’m so going to try and make these this holiday season. (And maybe even for some fall decor!) We have a lot of oak trees around and find these babies on the ground all the time. I’m going to keep a look out and start collecting them!
this is really cute! Based on your unstruction, it appears to be something even we can do. (we aren’t so crafty around here) 😉
Cecile Leger says
They are so adorable. They look so rich and elegant. I love the choice of metallic gold too.
Larissa Li says
Awe! So cute ☺️!
So simple but so pretty! Great idea!
Sabrina DeWalt says
What a great project!
Danielle Ardizzone says
Such an elegant, beautiful craft!
Cindy Moore says
These make such cute ornaments! Several years ago, my symbol for the year was the acorn. This would have been perfect!
These are really cute. I bet they look great surrounded by the twinkling lights of the tree.
This is so pretty and neat! I have never thought about decorating with acorns!
Super cute ideas!
These are cute and simple to make. Thanks for the information.
OMG! I absolutely LOVE this!! So perfect for gifting too!! We have soooo many oak trees in our neighbourhood too! I will definitely be saving this for later. Thanks for the idea and the tutorial (would never have thought to bake them first).