How to Gild Acorns - Easy Fall Decor on a Budget

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Want to add some glamor and glitz to your fall decor this year, but you're on a budget? Why not use liquid gilding to shine up some found objects like acorns? It's super easy, and although you do need to set aside some time to do it right, not much of that time is hands on.

Even better, you can recruit your kids to collect the acorns. My girls are pretty proud of their collection...although be forewarned, your decor may become toys!

First, you need to prep your acorns. Do not skip this step! If you do, you run the risk of mold and worms invading your autumnal display. Trend may come and go, but I doubt that stuff will ever be in style!

We found our acorns on a hike just a few days ago. To get them ready for their shining moment, I cleaned them (just a rinse of water) and then baked them for 2 hours in a 200 degree oven in a foil lined pan. This dries them out and gets rid of any creepy crawlies. Allow to cool in the oven overnight.

The next day, I just brushed silver liquid gilding onto the acorn nut, leaving the cap natural. You can buy the kind of liquid gilding I used here (affiliate link).

If you wanted, you could always paint the caps too. You may need a couple of coats to get good coverage, but the gilding dries really quickly.'re done. A simple way to add a little bit of glitz to your decor.

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