How To Dry Acorns For Crafts

Because there are so many things that you can do with acorns, you may find yourself hunting outside for them. This is all fine and good if your prepare them properly before using in crafts. Not only do they need to be cleaned, but they also need to be free of bugs like weevils. You definitely don’t want your acorn display ruined by a host of larvae! However, there is no need to worry at all if you know how to dry and preserve your acorns. I’m going to show you how to dry acorns for crafts in just a few easy steps.

Rustic Halloween Crafts To Decorate Your Home

If you think Halloween is all about bright orange and green, think again! It’s easy to carry over a rustic decorating scheme right into the holiday season with some handy craft tricks. These rustic Halloween crafts make it easy to have a festive home.

Rustic Halloween Crafts

The first idea is to take a dollar store pumpkin and give it a rustic aged look by antiquing it. Debbie Doos shows just how easy it is to accomplish this with a little bit of dark wax.

antiqued pumpkin
Antiqued pumpkin by Debbie Doos

Doesn’t the new pumpkin look rustic and warm? Check out this halloween craft and see how it also looks on a squash.

Mason jar crafts are always a favorite and this fun candy corn mason jar is fantastic for Halloween. A little paint is all you need to repurpose the jars into festive decor.

candy corn mason jars
Candy corn mason jars by A Diamond In The Stuff

The easy to follow tutorial can be found at A Diamond In The Stuff.

These rustic pumpkins were crafted from scrap wood.

rustic scrap wood pumpkins
Rustic scrap wood pumpkins by Finding Home

Get the step by step tutorial from Finding Home.

Another type of scrap wood pumpkin to add to your Halloween crafts is a stacked wood pumpkin craft. It gives a totally different look that is still rustic and super fun.

stacked wood pumpkins
Rustic stacked wood pumpkins by DIY Swank

See the instructions at DIY Swank.

The last Halloween craft idea is also a great way to recycle some of your old cans. These rustic painted cans make an adorable way to store treats.

painted tin cans
Painted tin cans by Country Woman Magazine

And, make sure you check out my post on pumpkin crafts to see how I transformed a variety of pumpkins using things like birch bark, book pages, and even an old sweater!



Easy Fall Decorating Ideas

Now that Fall is officially here, it may be time to start changing up the decor in our homes just a bit. I love the warm colors of Fall and try to add that spiciness to various vignettes throughout my home. I pulled out a warm rustic apple and one of my favorite hand crafted pumpkins to add to my fireplace hearth. Easy Fall decorating ideas like this don’t take a lot of time but do add a lot of spice.

fireplace decor

DIY Fall Craft Idea

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A pumpkin covered in birch is a fun rustic way to enhance a more traditional Fall item. You can see how to make the pumpkin at my post, Birch Bark Pumpkin Craft.

Here are some more easy Fall decorating ideas that I have found.

chalk paint pumpkins
Chalk paint pumpkins by Perfectly Imperfect Blog

Painted pumpkins are an easy and excellent way to get the traditional Fall must haves into your decorating scheme in a way that blends nicely with the rest of your decor. Combining them with old books and a rustic crate is just icing on the cake!

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Fall decorating by Emma Mcgrene

Filling glass containers with colorful leaves, acorns, vines and other wonderful outdoor collections is both an easy and inexpensive way to create a warm atmosphere for Fall.

Indian Corn candle holder
Indian corn candle holder by Furniture 4 World

Indian corn is another one of those popular and colorful Fall items to use in decorating. Hot gluing several cobs around a large pillar candle is just one more easy way to make your own Fall accent piece.

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Fall napkin ring by Shop Girl Maria

And not to forget entertaining decor, this festive napkin ring is just the ticket for all of your Fall season dinner guests!

Do you have any ideas for easy Fall decorating that you would like to share? We would love to hear your ideas! Just leave a comment below.



Birch Crafts For Home Decor: 15 Ideas

One of the reasons that birch bark and logs are so popular to use in craft projects is because of the clean white appearance that is both rustic and chic at the same time.  It has been my favorite tree to work with for years and I never grow tired of the look. The following birch crafts for home decor are perfect for adding rustic chic to your space.