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Acorn Cap Jewels

This is a fun activity to get the kids excited for autumn. And acorns are in abundance around this time so collecting them should be extra fun outdoors!

You’ll need the following:

  • Acorn caps
  • Elmers School glue
  • Markers
  • Rice, beans, playdough, etc - something to hold your caps secure. 

For this activity:

  1. Pick out your favorite acorn caps. Make sure the insides of the caps are free from dust and debris. 
  2. Using your markers, color the inside of each cap. If you want a bright, jewel tone for your finished acorn cap, color the entire inside leaving no space blank. If you want a pastel shade, don’t press as hard, or worry too much about getting every little space covered.
  3. Once your acorn caps are all colored, place them in your rice, or beans, or play dough. 
  4. Fill each acorn cap up to the rim with white school glue.
  5. Allow your acorns to dry over night. Ours needed close to 20 hours to dry completely. 
  6. When the glue dries it forms a hard enamel like coating over the colored part of the acorn cap, allowing the color to really shine through. 

This idea was first seen here.


Posted: September 25, 2015


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