Fall is approaching, which means it will be a wonderful time to have fun with acorns soon. If you’ve wanted to get creative with your kids, you can work together on DIY acorn crafts projects. You are sure to get lots of attention from their friends and peers once you work through our list.
10 Easy Acorn Crafts Ideas for Kids
To make it easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of 10 simple but creative acorn craft projects for kids. These activities are best for exercising fine motor skills and improving your child’s creativity. They don’t need a lot of material, too. Try them out and tell us how it went!
1. Paper Plate Acorn Craft
This is a simple arts and crafts project for the kids. Here’s what you need to do.
- Paper plates – 1 unit
- Brown craft paint spray (preferably, dark brown)
- Foam paintbrush
- Brown cardstock paper – 1 A4 size
- Black Sharpie markers
- Kids’ scissors
- Wiggle Eyes – 1 pair
- Puffy paint (white tulip)
- Get your paper plates and spray the brown craft paint on it. Use the foam brush to layer it evenly across. Let it dry completely by setting it aside for a while.
- Cut the painted paper plate into half using the scissors.
- Draw two triangles from the cardstock paper to fit the two flat ends of the cut paper plate.
- Paint them brown (two shades lighter than the colour of the paper plate).
- Using a stapler, attach one triangle to the flat end of the cut paper plate. Similarly, staple the second triangle to the second half of the paper plate. You should have two acorns now.
- Then, on the paper plates (the semicircles), draw black lines in a criss-cross design using the sharpie marker to make the acorn caps.
- Glue the wiggly eyes on the painted surface and draw a smile using the puffy paint. Your cute acorn faces are ready to be shown off!
2. Acorn Woodland Fairy
This Acorn Woodland Fairy craft is perfect for springtime or any season of the year. It doesn’t need a lot of preparation, but just a walk around nature.
- Pinecone – 1
- Acorns – 1
- Twigs – 2 pieces
- Maple key wings – 2 wings
- A stone/ large flat pebble
- Glue the twigs to the pine cone to make the arms. Cut the twigs to suit the size of the pinecone.
- Attach maple key wings in between the ends of the twigs that are glued to the pinecone.
- For the head of the body, glue the acorn to the top of the pinecone body.
- Once the acorn fairy is ready, glue it on a stone or a large flat pebble which acts as a base.
- You can make more acorn fairies if you have some more material and get creative by painting and decorating the head and the body.
3. DIY Acorn Peg Dolls
This is a fantastic DIY creative project for kids. If you’ve got a bunch of acorns lying around the house, then it’s time to put them to good use!
- Acorn caps (you can buy them from Amazon or make your own)
- Craft glue
- Wooden peg dolls
- Brown liquid watercolour
- Paint pens
- In the brown watercolour, add some water and make a considerably thin paint solution.
- Dip the wooden peg dolls into the paint solution. If you want to paint it with a paintbrush, you can do that as well.
- Let the paint dry and use craft glue to neatly stick the acorn caps to the tops of the wooden peg dolls.
- Draw smiley faces on the acorn wooden peg doll using the paint pens. You can get creative with this step by drawing different expressions on each doll.
- And that’s it! Your DIY Acorn Peg Dolls are complete.
4. Acorn Man
Are you ready to make your own superhero with your kids? Get set to meet “Acornman” with this fun DIY acorn craft for toddlers!
- Craft glue
- Coloured pipe cleaners – 2 units
- Pom-poms – 2 units
- Coloured craft paper – 1 sheet
- Paint stirring sticks
- Foam leaf stickers
- Foam Acorn bases
- Card stock paper – 1 sheet
- One the coloured craft paper, draw a smile and eyes with a marker and cut it out with a pair of scissors.
- Glue them cutouts on the foam Acorn base. If you don’t have a foam Acorn base, you can make your own or buy online.
- Glue the pom-poms on the foam base for the eyes.
- Spread glue on a paint stirring stick. Attach the pipe cleaners to that for making the arms and legs.
- Stick the foam leaf stickers at the ends to make the hands and the feet.
- On the cardstock paper, draw a shirt and a pair of pants for the clothing. Cut these out and attach to the stirring stick using some more glue.
- Glue the foam base on the top of the stick and press firmly to set it in place at the top. The head is complete, and your Acorn Man is ready for action!
- You can use some more paint stirring sticks and make an army of Acorn Man as well.
5. Acorn Paint Crafts
If you’re trying to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of painting, try out this nifty little hand painting Acorn Craft activity. It’s one of the best acorn craft preschool activities out there.
- Brown and white washable paints
- White chart paper – 1 sheet in your preferred size
- Mix the brown and white washable paints in a painting palette to make a tan hue (a skin-tan shade).
- Ask your kids to dip their palms in this paint and press firmly on the white paper. You should have a complete pair with two little hands.
- Use the paintbrush to paint the acorn tops (acorn caps) on top of the acorn palm prints on the white paper.
6. Paper Acorn Mosaics
If your kids are feeling creative and adventurous, then creating these paper Acorn Mosaics will be absolutely fun. It’s one of the most popular crafts to make with acorns for children.
- White Paper – A4 size, 1 sheet
- Black Construction Paper – 1 unit
- Magazine cutouts/Scrapbook paper
- Craft glue
- Markers and paints
- Visit Google and search for an acorn template or image of your choice. This will be your pattern. Enlarge the photo using an image editing tool like Photoshop or GIMP and print it out on the A4 sheet.
- Cut the acorn template through the outline.
- Get scrapbook paper or magazine cutouts and ask your kids to paint on it. Once they’re done hand-painting, let the paint dry and begin making paper cutouts of different shapes and sizes. Make enough cutouts that will fill up the acorn template and some more to frame the picture.
- Now, on the acorn template, put some glue and stick the paper cutouts to form a colourful mosaic. Leave a little white space between the shapes and make the edges overlap. Let it dry.
- Now, on the black construction paper, stick the acorn mosaic in the centre (a little tilted).
- Then, decorate the edges of the sheet using the remaining handpainted cutouts. Your Acorn mosaic is now ready to be put up for display.
7. Acorns and Buttons
This is one of the most fun acorn activities out there for kids. In fact, it’s so easy to make that you will absolutely fall in love with it!
- Colour Printer
- White cardstock paper – 1 sheet
- Any printable Acorn template (large)
- Glue dots or school glue
- Buttons of different sizes in shades of brown
- Lookup a free printable acorn design or template online. You can enlarge the photo and print it out on the cardstock paper. Vector illustrations are preferable, and if you’re an artist, you can make your own design too.
- Print it out large and get a bunch of brown-coloured buttons out. Use glue dots or school glue to stick the different buttons to the top of the scorn. The buttons should ideally fill-up the acorn cap or head.
- Once the glue dries, you can hang up your new masterpiece in the living room or anywhere you want where your kids can see.
8. Acorn Bracelet
When it comes to DIY acorn crafts, this one becomes a keepsake. It won’t take you a lot of time either to make it, and the coolest part is how the acorns go from green to brown as time goes by.
- Coloured thread
- Green acorns (since they’re softer)
- Use a long needle to make holes on the acorns. The needle must be long enough to pass through the acorns.
- Pass the thread through the holes you made using the needle’s eye and tie a knot to complete the bracelet.
- Let your kids wear the acorn bracelets and show it off to their friends!
9. Colour Matching With Acorns
If your kids love a creative challenge, they will enjoy the colour matching activity we are about to let you in on!
- Paints in different colours
- Fresh acorns
- Collect a bunch of fresh acorns and start off by removing the caps.
- Paint the acorn caps and the body in different colours. Use two coats of paint of the same colour for each acorn to add more dimension. Every acorn and its cap should have a different colour.
- Let the paint dry. Mix the coloured acorns and caps in a bowl and ask your kids to match the acorns and caps with the correct colours.
10. Acorn Owls
Acorn owls are the perfect summertime activity when it comes to creative crafts projects. Here’s how you can make them.
- Acorns (with the tops removed)
- Black marker
- White paper – 1, A6 sheet
- Coloured construction paper – 1 sheet
- Draw two circles big enough for the acorn to make the owl’s eyes on the white A6-size paper. Cut them out. Use the black marker to draw black dots on it to complete the eyes.
- Cut two triangle shapes from the coloured construction paper for the wings. Again, ensure they aren’t too big or too small for the acorn.
- Use the glue to stick the wings and eyes on the acorns.
- Repeat the steps to make more acorn owls.
- Get a twig and use glue to stick the acorn owls on it. Arrange them in a way that they look like they’re perched on top of it. Put your Acorn owls on display in your living room or anywhere you want.
Hopefully, these fun acorn art and craft projects will keep your kids stay busy throughout the fall season. These make for great sensory activities and will help improve their motor skills, too. Some of these a somewhat challenge and will push your child’s creativity and imagination, which is a good way to encourage them to solve problems. Try them out, be patient, and soon enough, you’ll be having hours of fun and good memories with your kids.