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D.I.Y. Acorn-topped Ornaments

Hello lovelies!  For day five of our 18 Day Series I put together a simple little tutorial for these sweet D.I.Y. Acorn-topped Ornaments.  My daughter and I collected the acorn tops at a local park a few weeks ago, but if acorns are not readily available in your area you should be able to pick some up online.  I spotted some on etsy (right here), or a search on ebay for acorn tops should yield some results too.  This project is very simple to create and would make a great little gift or look perfect topping your holiday gifts!

Supplies needed:

  • Acorn Tops/Caps with stems attached (dried...not fresh)
  • Unfinished wooden beads (available at craft supply stores or online - select a size that fits your acorn caps)
  • Hot glue gun with hot glue sticks
  • Fine-tipped permanent pen
  • Colored pencil - pink (optional)
  • Twine (I used Red + White Baker's Twine for mine).


  1. Gather your supplies (listed above).  Plug your glue gun in (be sure to place something beneath it to catch any dripping glue).
  2. Draw a face on your wooden bead using your fine-tipped permanent pen.  You can also add fun features such as glasses, facial hair, etc.  Allow ink to dry for a minute or two.
  3. (optional) Add "blush" to your ornament's cheeks using a pink colored pencil.  Smudge gently with your fingertip to soften.
  4. Affix your acorn top to your wooden bead using a dab of hot glue inside the cap.  Please use caution when gluing, as hot glue guns can easily burn you.  Allow glue to set (this will only take a moment)
  5. Select the length of twine that you'd like for your ornament.  Place a small dab of glue at the base of the stem (on the acorn cap) and carefully secure the center point of your twine into the hot glue.  Wrap twine around the stem several times making sure that the glue is attaching to the twine as you wrap.  Double knot to secure.  Allow glue to set.
  6. Tadda!  You just make a cute little Acorn-Topped Ornament!

If you'd like, you can also try adding some sparkle to your finished piece!  Follow the directions above for the basic ornament design, and then finish by coating acorn cap in craft glue and dusting with glitter.  Tap excess glitter off and allow to dry.

I hope you will have fun making these little cuties!  xox Ez

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Reader Comments (33)

Adorable! You always have the cutest ideas. And now I know what to do with all the acorns my sons collect!

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternichole


December 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlaura trevey

These are so sweet!!

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

my mom made these acron ornaments in the 70s - but oooooh I love this updated twist! sweet idea!

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

These are sooo cute! Wish I could get acorn tops in San Diego...

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSparklePaw

So cute!!! Hope I'll find some acorn tops now...

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleila

Soooo cute!!! I even have some acorn toppers all saved up ready to make into these little babies!

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLollyChops

These are sooooooooooooooooooo adorable!

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Oh. Dear. God. These are the cutest frickin things ever!!!! I swear, my friend, you have more talent in your little finger than....anyone! :) Thank you for this cutie pie project, I am going to try to do it! :)
Melis the non-crafty

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa de la Fuente

wow. just what i needed. a little acorn friend to make! these are the cutest little guys i've every seen! i love their little 'berets'.: )

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersusy

these are really precious. last year I gathered some acorn tops and attached magnets on the inner part to add a little woodland to my workspace. fun, fun!

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

These are super adorable, Ez! Thanks for sharing.

Now I have a quick question too if someone could help me -

what is the frame called in the first pic that has DIY Acorn topped ornaments written in the center of it? Is it a Photoshop brush or symbol? I think it's so cool, and for the life of me, I cannot seem to find something similar online.

I obviously have no idea what I am looking for, so any clues would help! :-)


December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJasmine

I love this idea. It's simple and cute.

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristin Eva

Super cute! Makes me happy :-)

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMayaLee

Thanks for your great comments everyone!
@JASMINE The frame I used on this and the other 18 Days posts is something I created from scratch in Photoshop. I'm sure there must be shape packs available online that include similar designs, but unfortunately I'm not sure which direction to point you in for those.

December 9, 2009 | Registered CommenterEz

Love these! they have such charming personality--what a great project to do with kids!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne @ The City Sage

These are the cutest!! I think I'll use them instead of placecards on the Christmas table. :) TYFS!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrude

Thank you for providing me with my daily dose of cute! :)

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterweddings

Oh my goodness! I must make these with my little one :) Thank you!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRikkianne

ahhh i just died of cuteness!


December 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter315thomas

these are the cutest ornaments ever!

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRenee @

P.S. Had to link up my 3 readers to this post! :)

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrude

These are cuter than cute! I love when I see a craft tutorial that makes me want to run out and buy/gather the supplies and starting making stuff. These little acorn guys/gals do just that. Thanks for sharing! Brilliant!!

December 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney @ Whisker Graphics

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March 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKnowlesSHAUNA25

Thanks for sharing, really interesting! Greetz sky park

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSky park

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