Drying Acorns for Fall Decor

Acorns are excellent for use in fall decor.  If you find an oak tree that is abundant, you might want to scoop up those little nuggets before the squirrels do a number on them.  But that can often mean you are picking up green acorns.  

Drying out the acorns before using them allows you to kill off any little insects that may be hiding away inside.  Nothing ruins a beautiful fall tablescape like rogue insects!

Pick over your acorns discarding any bad ones.  Preheat your oven to the lowest possible temperature.  Mine went to 170F.  I wouldn’t recommend any higher then 175F. 

Line a cookie sheet with foil, shiny side down.  Lay your acorns on the sheet and place in the oven.  Leave the oven on for 30-40 minutes, then turn it off and let them sit in the oven as they will continue to dry out slowly.  After a couple hours, go back and check them again.  Move them around and repeat the heating process until they are brown and dry.  I didn’t put in the acorn caps until the acorns were well on their way to being dry since the caps wouldn’t take nearly as long to dry out.

Now that your acorns are dry and insect free, craft away!

Lay them on the table like confetti.  Add as filler to a vase with a candle and a little moss.  Hot glue to a wreath or a cone or simply fill your DIY apothecary jar.

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