One of my grandchildren’s favorite things to do in the Fall is collect acorns. This year Mother Nature has given us an abundance of them. Aaron and Zoe were so excited to find so many that we had to get them coffee cans to hold them all.
As they found bigger and better acorns faster and faster, we started thinking about what they could do with them. My granddaughter, Zoe, was ready to sell some at the yard sale we were having the next day. Then they decided that they could make some unique gifts with them. As they ran further away from the tree, my husband laughed and told them that, “the acorns do not fall far from the tree.”
Many years ago, when my children were small, we bought 2 White Oak seedlings from the famous Wye Oak Tree in Southern Maryland. Only one survived, thank goodness, as looking at the remaining one now, they would have been way too close together. Mother Nature helped with pruning its branches this summer by way of the cicadas. Now when the wind blows, my husband goes out and picks up all the dead branch tips. And still, there are more.
Back to what projects they might make with all the acorns they were finding, I looked on Pinterest and found so many ideas. Just painting them seems like fun, but I also love where you take a fine tip Sharpie and draw faces on them for Acorn Buddies. You can see a few sites I saved on different ideas on our Kids Crafts Pinterest board. I am thinking about making a wreath. Not sure if it will happen, but I am thinking about it.
The first thing you need to do is dry the acorns. This is to kill any of the weevil larvae that can crawl out of them. I read a few different ways of drying them and decided to go with the simplest method. First, you wash them in a bowl of water. Drain and place on a towel for a few hours to dry. Toss out any mushy ones.
Turn your oven to the lowest setting (mine is 200) and place the acorns in a single layer on a cookie sheet with a lip.(you don’t want them rolling off) It would help if you left the door to the oven cracked slightly, so moisture can escape. Leave the acorns in the oven for about 2 hours. It would be best if you stirred them around during this time. Let them cool completely. Now they are ready for your project, and you can enjoy them for a long time.
If you want to preserve them to last for years and years, you can get a can of clear acrylic sealer and give them a quick blast. Then, wait for them to dry, turn over and repeat.