If you ever come across this variety of long and pointy acorns, make sure to pick as many as you can! Their shape is so different than the round acorns we’re used to seeing, their texture is smooth and shiny and their color is a beautiful blend of thin light and dark brown stripes. They look just like wooden bullets. I brought home at least a hundred and I may go back for more.
First, I rinsed them under cold water and let them dry.
With a gold leafing marker, I painted the tip of each acorn. Because there was no way to make a straight finishing line I purposely made an irregular one. I wasn’t sure if painting the round top looked better than painting the pointy bottom, so I did both ways. Some acorns had a part that was a little discolored or scratched, so for these, I covered that part in gold.
Aren’t they so adorable? Smooth oak with just a touch of gold! And don’t ask me how long it took me to make them because I can have patience when I’m liking the result! Between watching an episode of Shark Tank and a Skype session, I didn’t even notice how fast they were ready!
Once they were all nicely painted, I arranged them in various ways to see what I liked best. In a glass vase, of course:
And in a jar:
Even a porcelain tureen can work when it’s placed at a lower height, such as on a coffee table. Here, I added some pine cones to fill this large and deep serving dish.
And in a smaller and shallow tray:
Or in a larger tray (the $2.49 silver plate one I brought home the other day) with other decorative items, such a candles:
If you can not find this specific almond shaped variety of acorns, you can try painting the round ones; I’ m sure they will be just as cute!