Quilling paper acorns, although totally and completely adorable, aren’t really a new design.
There are a bunch of quilling paper artists designing and selling paper acorn ornaments that are just lovely!
But when I was brainstorming new autumn quilling crafts, it dawned on me….
I could make a quilling paper acorn with real acorn caps!
Think about it!
It’s the perfect way to add a natural element and a little texture to your quilling and (at least for quillers like me, living on the East Coast in a house under a big oak tree), free and available by the dozen right outside my door!
TIP! : When coils get to be on the larger side, take the coil off of your quilling tool and roll by hand. It will be a lot more manageable.
Once you’ve gotten your coil to the right size for the acorn cap, let it sit for a moment to allow the glue to dry,
And now for the fun part!
Using your finger, gently push our from the center of the coil to create a dome. You might find that a pencil eraser or some other sort of instrument can be useful to push your paper acorn around too.
UPDATE: I’ve recently purchased a quilling mold and it would be super-helpful for these acorns!
This technique is the basis of 3-dimensional quilling designs and can be used for all types of projects, like these daffodils and flower buds!
For a totally authentic looking acorn, try pushing the very center of your dome out a little further with a quilling tool, or some other thin object.
To keep your acorn dome looking dome-y, apply glue all over the underside, and spread with a brush. Once the glue is dry, the acorn will keep its shape!
You’re almost done!
Squeeze a thin line of glue all around the edge of your paper dome and attach an acorn cap.
And there you go!
Experiment with different colors!
I was totally influenced by the painted blue acorns that Beth from Home Stories A to Z has created.
And the shiny copper acorns are seriously my jam!
I could just sit and roll these quilling paper acorns all day long!
Fill up a bowl for simple autumn decor or spread them along your Thanksgiving table centerpiece!
Update: Check out my DIY Paper Acorn Garland for some inspiration!
What colors are you going to use to for your quilling paper acorns? Leave a comment below and inspire us!
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