DIY Pine Cone Acorn

Sounds that I heard when I was making this DIY pinecone acorn project on the screened-in back porch.

In no particular order.

1.  Crickets chirping.

2.  Birds tweeting.

3.  The sound of an international harvester chugging down the road.

4.  The wind rustling though the trees.

5.  Cows lowing.

6.  Me singing the third verse of “Away in the Manger.”  With acorn project choreography.

I couldn’t help it.

Blame it on those lowing cows. 🙂

Wooden Eggs

Here’s how these acorns started out.

Simple wooden eggs from the craft store.  I bought mine at Hobby Lobby where they are about a dollar a piece give or take a 40% off coupon.

You can find them over in the wooden spare parts section.

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Then I stained them with my favorite new color of stain called Provincial.

I just added one coat of stain, but if you want it darker, you could always add another coat.

Let dry.

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Next I dissected a pine cone.

I took off the top part with the little stem and then peeled off the individual pieces.

You will need about 20 small pieces and a top per acorn.

Pinecone Acorn Project

Then I hot glued the top of the pinecone onto the top of the egg.

And I filled in the rest of the acorn top with stray pieces of pinecone.

Pinecone Acorn DIY

When you glue the top, it creates a small area between the egg and the acorn.

I glue the first layer of pinecone pieces to the bottom.

Next, I added layer after layer until all the layers created the entire acorn top.

Acorn DIY Project How To

I’m glad I heard the cows lowing before the international harvester came barreling down the road.

The song choice might have been a little different.

The pinecone acorns might have been created to…..

….”She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” 🙂

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  1. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    You are so talented and funny. Love these pinecone acorns I will definitely be making some this week. As always thank you for all your wonderful ideas and inspiration.

  2. Image for Barbie Barbie

    So Perfect, what a great idea! I am off with my 40% to purchase the wooden eggs..... I too sing "Away in the Manger" though out the entire year in both tones, it is also a good lullaby for a cranky baby. Thank you

  3. Image for Amy K Amy K

    Karianne - these are stinkin cute!!! Can't wait to try it myself with the gagillion pinecones we have on our property.

  4. Image for Bre Bre

    I love this project. What a fun & fairly easy way to fall into autumn. (See what I did there?) Hee hee I'd make it while drinking a pumpkin spice latte while my dogs are running up & down the fence barking at the neighbors with my stereo blasting Eye of the Tiger. Can't wait to see your next project.

  5. Image for beverlee beverlee

    who knew the 'Away in A Manger' was so familiar to a lot of us. I find myself singing (in my head) the last of the second verse over and over as I try to go to sleep. (I love the Lord Jesus...)...somehow a comfort. That acorn is so clever and so beautiful...good work! I love hearing those sounds...(also in my head) of what you hear! and thank you for sharing that and your beautiful acorn.

  6. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I know -- you are still determined to get out of playing the innkeeper and get the staring role in the manger scene. Were you doing the choreography when you were singing?? I bet you have a perfectly lovely voice and when you sing all of nature joins in in perfect harmony. I love the acorns -- they are adorable and they scream fall. Have a happy day! -- The presentation went well. :-)

  7. Image for Missy Missy

    There is a song "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"? I am so out of it - I will have to use the Google! Thanks for the acorn project, I love it!

  8. Image for Julie Julie

    So funny! LOVE how your pinecone acorns turned out. The wooden egg is perfect! My youngest and I collected some acorns the other day and some of them were this rustic, faded shade of green - which would also look great on these. Thanks for sharing this DIY! ~julie

  9. Image for Betsy@coastal-colors Betsy@coastal-colors

    Absolutely love these! You are too funny- "She's Thinks My Tractor Is Sexy"! I love the color of stain you chose. I used it and Early American on the floors in the renovation of the duplex. It covered all the old stains and looked great on those 75 year old floors. Your pinecone is soooo- cute! What a great idea!

  10. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Gah! Cuteness alert! I love the pinecone acorns. C-U-T-E! I'm going to have to make some! Oh right, along with the backlog of other projects. Sigh. Seriously though, I need to make some of these. Hm...I think I have some wooden eggs somewhere!

  11. Image for Anna Anna

    Yesterday I was picking up pine cones in the yard before cutting the grass and thinking that there must be something cute to do with the endless supply I always have. These are so cute and I will certainly make some. I also love the nest they are laying in. I have a collection of nests I find around my property, can't bear for them to be destroyed. (And no, I don't remove them from the trees, I just keep the ones I find on the ground). I so enjoy reading your adventures every day!

  12. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Oh I love this! And I can't wait to make it! Had to laugh at your lowing cows reference...and at Barbie's comment that Away In A Manger makes a good lullaby. I have to sing Jingle Bells to calm one of my granddaughters in the car lol.

  13. Image for Debbie Esparza Debbie Esparza

    Great project! Thank you for all your inspiration and lovely written stories. BTW, who makes the stain, Provincial?

    1. Image for A. H. A. H.

      I looked up "provincial wood stain" and several manufacturers use this name, so we'll just have to wait to hear which one is KariAnne's favorite.

  14. Image for Karen S. Karen S.

    I took a break from "creating" to visit you and now I am singing "Away in a Manger" too. Well.... it's a wonderful song to get stuck in my head even though on this first day of fall I am sweating. =) You are stinking cute and my favorite blog.... keep up the good work. ps. Now I want to make acorns !

  15. Image for Debbie from MountainMamaOnline Debbie from MountainMamaOnline

    Great. Now I've got BOTH songs mixing it up in my head!!! "Away in a Tractor" or something like that. Or "She Thinks My Manger's Sexy" - What the heck do I do with that? :) Great project, amazing post as always. I love how creative you are!! And hysterical. Love it.

  16. Image for Mary Mary

    How darn cute are those things????? Is there anything you CANNOT do, KariAnne??? Nicely done - as usual. (No twerking here tho).. ;-(

  17. Image for Susan Susan

    Now if this isn't super-cute and amazingly clever, I don't know what is...I am sooooooo going to try my hand at these...thank you for another inspiring project, KariAnne! Hey, you were singing and you didn't make a 'scope of it for us??? Oh, please do this sometime so we can all sing along with you...that would be such great fun! :)

  18. Image for Kate Kate

    These acorns are super cute & I LOVE the wood stump chargers!! Do you worry about bringing buggy critters inside when you're working with natural things...pine corns, branches, logs, etc? Is there a treatment or something I can use to make sure no crawly things come inside?!?!

  19. Image for Lynnette Martin Lynnette Martin

    Awesome project! I've never heard the term 'lowing' & we were 5 acre track pretend farmers... Our farmer neighbor used to come over the hill on his tractor singing... "Left, Left, Left, Right, Left" with rib cage wide open! I think he had military past. Ha! Good country sounds.

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