If you are looking for a budget-friendly DIY for fall this dollar store acorn decor is sure to fit the bill! It’s a cinch to make, you can make a bunch or just one and a dollar store supply is the jumping-off point! Read to the bottom to see how I styled it in my home!
I grabbed this felt acorn piece along with a few other felt designs to use in my fall decorating. I never use these felt pieces as is, but typically use them as a stencil. The shapes are perfection because they are large and easy to trace and make your own. Grab these when you see them and check the dollar stores often. They usually go fast and they come out way before whatever season they are meant for. Of course, you can always free-hand draw them or design your own “stencil”.
While you are at the dollar store grab a roll of kraft paper, it’s usually by the shipping/mailing supplies. You can also use white paper or pretty wrapping paper if you want. Watch the video for step by step pictures of how to recreate this acorn decor.
How to Make A Large Fall Decorating Piece
- Trace the shape (here an acorn) onto a piece of Kraft paper using a Sharpie in the best color for your color palette.
- Cut your piece out, NOT on the lines but a little larger so you have room around your design.
- Use acrylic craft paints to “watercolor” your design with a soft brush or sponge brush. Waterdown your paint slightly and remember you can always add more paint as you go but you can’t take it away!
- Practice makes perfect and this is just paper so if you mess up, practice some more and try again.
- For the textured acorn top use a piece of burlap or highly texture fabric and paint it with acrylic craft paint and a sponge brush. Work quickly so the paint doesn’t dry and soak into the fabric.
- Press the fabric onto the paper and smooth it to “stamp” the texture in any spot you’d like it!
- Glue the paper to another pieces of paper using hot glue, leave an opening on one side like a pillow.
- Cut the two pieces out together, again with a margin.
- Stuff the acorn with plastic shopping bags or paper scraps to add some dimension.
- Use it in your decor propped up like on my coffee table or string a bunch together for garland. You can also do this on fabric! Have fun.
I nestled my paper acorn into an old toolbox with some other fall feeling items like a giant pinecone, books, amber glass jars and brown transferware. The button filled cloche was a fun touch and you can make your own cloche like I did using this tutorial. If you want to join me as I go out and find fun treasures like the ones you see here you should join The Salvaged Society – my fun little thrift group (details here).
I hope you got some good ideas to make a fall scape without breaking the bank!
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