My favorite part about the fall season is all the DIY projects and crafts I get to do. This DIY animal acorns craft is a fun way to create a cute fall-themed decoration from what you find outside! Gather some acorns, grab your glue gun and a few googly eyes, and you're good to go!
You could also try these other Fall DIY decoration projects to add to your home!
Mouse Made From Acorns
When there's an endless amount of acorns all over the ground as fall appears, would do you do with them? Why make fun DIY projects with them of course! There are so many ways you can turn acorns into something fun. DIY Glitter Acorns are a great start but making an acorn mouse decoration takes it to another level (not to mention they're cute to look at).
If you enjoy nature walks outside as I do, you are sure to come back with a large collection of acorns. Then it's time to pull out a few craft supplies to get started! You could even dress them up a bit more to personalize them and create a variety of different ones to display.
As much as the animals made from acorns are cute, they are also easy. You can finish this project in a matter of minutes! Plus, you likely already have all the supplies you need. You could probably get these done blindfolded (almost).
Where Can I Find the Best Acorns to Use?
When gathering acorns, look for a big ol' oak tree. If you don't have one in your backyard, you might be able to find them at a local park or other public areas where there are oak trees. Acorns fall to the ground in September and October so make sure you gather as many as you can find so you have plenty for all kinds of crafts, projects, and even gift ideas.
The shape and coloring of your acorn will vary as even the same tree can drop all kind of different acorns. Different types of acorns will work for all different types of projects.
For your DIY mouse animals made from acorns, look for those with a long shape and light coloring. Those acorns work best for this project. Acorns that are shorter, thicker, or darker in color are harder to work with and can yield different end results
Can I Personalize My Acorn Mouse Decoration?
While I didn't personalize my acorn mouse decorations, you certainly can. Get creative and see where it takes you! Play around with different coloring, designs, and anything else you can think of. Below are some ideas to get you started.
- Use craft paint and paint each mouse different colors
- Add small details with a fine tip marker or pen
- Spray them with glitter paint
- Paint or color the ears and add details
How Should I Display my Acorn Animals?
A great use for these mouse animal decorations is displaying them inside around your house for a bit of a fall feel. I love using them as nicknack pieces to display on a mantel. They also look nice next to pinecone or wood piece projects to create a rustic feel in your home.
While great for inside, they can also be placed outside in your garden. Place them on an old tree trunk, on any flowers in your garden, or just on top of some soil or dirt. Other creatures will love to come by and see these animal acorns. You could even add them to your fairy garden along with these fun fairy garden accessories.
You could even get extra crafty and see what other animals you can make out of acorns and display them together.
- Googly eyes
- 2 acorns per animal
- 4 acorn shells per animal
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
How to Make Animals from Acorns
Start by placing two acorn shells next to each other as you see below. Make sure that the inside of the shell is sitting on the table and then glue the pieces together with hot glue, making sure to apply pressure so they hold together well. These will serve as the feet of your acorn mouse animal.
Next, glue one acorn piece vertically between the shell pieces to serve as the body. Then, glue the other acorn horizontally on top as shown below.
Time for the ears! Glue one of the remaining acorn shells on top of the head piece on the right side. Make sure that the inside of the shell is facing outwards to closely resemble ears.
Then, glue the last remaining acorn shell on the left side and push each piece together so they are touching.
Add some glue to the side of the head and place a googly eye where you added the glue, making sure to apply pressure so it sticks. Then, add glue and another googly eye onto the other side of your acorn mouse.
Repeat these steps for each of your remaining mouse animals. You're finished!
More Fall Projects
Creating fall themed decorations and projects is a great way to welcome in the new season just before the holidays hit. Bring in the refreshing feel of being outside and your home gets so much more cozy! Below are some of my favorite fall projects that I know you will enjoy as much as I do.
- Gorgeous Upcycled Pistachio Shell Candle Holder
- Gorgeous Rustic Tree Bark Lantern Decoration
- Farmhouse Style Fall Lettered Mason Jar Home Decor
- Recycled Straw Hat Lady Scarecrow Harvest Decor
- Rustic Upcycled Cardboard Fall Leaf Placemat
- Fall Leaf People Puppets from Upcycled Materials
- DIY Glitter Acorns Fall Decoration
Printable Step by Step Photo Tutorial:
DIY Acorn Mouse
Grab some acorns from your backyard and turn it into a cute and fun animal decoration to display in your home or garden.
- Googly eyes
- 2 acorns per animal
- 2 acorn shells per animal
- Start by placing two acorn shells next to each other, making sure that the inside of the shell is sitting on the table. Glue the pieces together with hot glue, making sure to apply pressure.
- Glue one acorn piece vertically between the shell pieces to serve as the body. Then, glue the other acorn horizontally on top.
- Glue one of the remaining acorn shells on top of the head piece on the right side. Make sure that the inside of the shell is facing outwards to closely resemble ears.
- Glue the last remaining acorn shell on the left side and push each piece together so they are touching.
- Glue a googly eye onto each side of the head, making sure to apply pressure.
- Repeat these steps for each of your remaining mouse animals. You’re finished!
Customize your animals with craft paint or fine tip markers.
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Finished Project Gallery
These cute acorn animals can be added outside in your garden for other creatures to enjoy.
Add them alongside pinecone or tree slices for a rustic feel inside your home.
Group them together to create a "family" of mouse animals.
They are utterly delightful - did you grow up listening to the nursery rhyme '3 Blind Mice'? Yours have no tails.... 'the farmer's wife cut off their tails with a carving knife'....
I'd make them with jute tails I think:-)
Thank you for showing us how to make them - you give very good instructions!
Very best wishes, Ruth in Brum