Craft your own DIY fall acorn flower pot and make a fall planter like no other! You only need three supplies: Mod Podge, spray paint, and the humble little acorn.
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I’ve got a fun little project to share with you before fall decor gets replaced by Christmas – this DIY Fall Acorn Flower Pot.
Credit for this project goes to two very smart people.
First, my 10-year old son who found a pile of acorns interesting.
If you’ve been reading here for very long, you probably know that we moved into our house last spring. The trees and flowers were budding, the grass was lush and green, and the towering oaks in our yard swayed in the rush of spring thunderstorms.
Of course, I’ve lived with oak trees before, but never with so many that were so large. And I was unprepared about a month ago when the acorns began to fall. Often like rain, and in mass quantity.
It wasn’t long before every step across the walkway was crunchy and it wasn’t uncommon to get a ping on the head if you lingered on the deck for very long.
Hundreds and thousands and (dare I say) millions of acorns have fallen in our yard this fall!
One day I had finally had it and decided to clear off the walkway for at least an hour or two.
I got out the blower and went to work on the deck, the walkway, the stairs to the apartment above the garage…
And when I was finished, I had a not-so-modest pile of acorns to show for it!
I was just happy to have crunch-free walking.
But Benjamin saw it differently and thought the pile of acorns was pretty. So he got down close and snapped a picture with my phone.
That picture got me thinking differently about the humble acorn and I realized he had a better perspective than I did.
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So I shared it on Facebook and that’s when smart person #2 entered the story.
My friend, Jennifer, who blogs at Kitchen Serf, suggested a couple of ways to use them and one was to crush and decoupage a clay pot to make a DIY fall acorn flower pot.
So…that’s exactly what I did!
If it’s raining acorns where you are, I think you’ll love this simple and natural decor for the humble clay pot.
And if you don’t have an oak tree within miles, then come to my house because we have plenty! 🙂
Prepare Your Acorns
Acorns that are on the ground have the potential of hosting worms and little insects, so a simple cleaning is in order.
Most of the ones I picked up had already lost their caps, which was perfect for what I was doing.
If yours are still attached, go ahead and remove them now and save yourself an extra step later.
Start by giving them a good rinse and spreading them on a jelly roll pan in a single layer.
Let them air dry for about half an hour, then dry them in a low oven (170 degrees) for about 30 minutes.
Once they’re cool (which doesn’t take long) it’s time to crack the shells.
I used a small hammer and gave them each a little tap, taking care not to crush them completely. The insides can be saved and fed to the squirrels (that’s what we plan to do) or just thrown out. Some people even eat them, though I’ve heard they’re awfully bitter.
When you have a nice pile of shells, it’s time to crush them.
I made easy business of it by putting them in a zip-top bag and rolling them several times with a rolling pin.
With crushed shells ready, you can now decorate your planter.
Crafting a DIY Fall Acorn Flower Pot
Start by giving the pot a good coating of Mod Podge.
Sprinkle the shells on, pressing down as needed, and allow it to dry.
While the shells were drying, I used some of the caps to decorate the top rim of the pot.
You’ve just created your own DIY fall acorn flower pot!
Of course, you can use any color paint that matches your decor or just leave it natural if you prefer.
How simple is that?
This is much more interesting than an ordinary clay pot and a unique way to use some fall acorns, don’t you think?
And it gives me a perfect reason to keep a pot of my favorite fall flowers nearby too!
Supplies for the DIY fall acorn flower pot
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