I love seeing all the pumpkins in front of houses up here in New England. I created a little fairy house house planter from an old stump in our front yard. I’ve been having so much fun with it. If you’d like to read more about the fairy house that gives presents, click on the fairy house link.
My challenge was figuring out how to create a small, frugal and simple pumpkin. Something that I wouldn’t be too upset if the pumpkins ‘walked off.’ It just so happens, that I have a huge oak in my front yard. Inspiration! Acorns!
Acorn Pumpkin Supplies
- Nail Polish–Orange or whatever color your heart desires. Green for the stem.
- Acorns— gather lids too.
- Green Scrap Fabric for leaves
- Sharpie to draw faces or decorate
Acorn Note: You don’t need the caps/tops, but it makes it a lot easier to handle and paint them, even if they aren’t attached. They also make perfect pumpkin holders to keep the pumpkins from rolling off. You might want to grab a few extra so you can have clean ones to display your pumpkins.
How to Make an Acorn Pumpkin
1. Prep the Acorn Most of the acorns were already off the trees so I mainly had brown ones. The green ones took less coats of polish to hide the original color. There is sometimes a peach type fuzz on the acorns. It will hold the paint better, but it could give you a more textured finish. You can just rub the fuzz off with your fingers.
Grab your acorn tops if they’re not attached and use that as a holder. It doesn’t have to be the original one, just fit okay. If you do have the original it will make it easier, and in a pinch you could try gluing it on, but not necessary.
Hold the acorn between the thumb and pointer. The acorn top makes it easier to balance and provides a flat base when you set it down, so it’s less likely to roll off. (You may need to knock off the stem so it sits flat)
If you want bottom coverage, you can hot glue a bent paper clip to the bottom of the acorn and stick in the ground.
Don’t worry about the top where your pointer finger is. This will get painted green for the stem in the next step.
Notes about the nail polish
When you paint your nails, it can take a few coats to achieve the color and coverage you want. Same thing goes for acorn pumpkins.
I found 3 coats to be about right for me. You can also go with a very light color first and then add paint the color you want afterwards.
I painted everything outside on my steps so I didn’t have to smell the fumes while it dried.
3. Making leaves (Optional)
I might be a little ridiculous about how I hoard my scraps of fabric. But as I was making my pumpkins, I thought about being able to use some of my smaller pieces of scrap for leaves.
Now, it’s such a small scale, most folks aren’t going to think a thing about using the basic leaf shape. But if you want to go a little more realistic, you can google an image or just go with a heart shape.
I really like the heart shape but it is a little harder to attach with the nail polish.
So figure out what you want and cut away. I liked folding and then cutting so I had a better chance of a symmetrical leaf.
I also noticed that the weird little left over strings could be used as vines and attached the same way as the leaves.
4. Painting the Stem
Grab that green nail polish and get a good amount on there. You don’t want it dripping, but you want to be able to get a good glow on there.
Touch the pointed tip of the acorn that didn’t get paint. It’s just perfect how it sticks up a little like a stem. If your acorn isn’t secure to it’s top, you need to be careful not to knock it out.
5 Attaching Leaf (Optional)
If you decided to do a leaf, you add it right after you put the green polish on. You’reusing the polish like a glue. I used tweezers so I could get in close with less chance of smearing the fresh green nail polish.
You might want to dab a extra dob of polish where you want to put the leaf.
And if you went with a heart shape, I added some green polish under the leaf to help secure it. t
Let your creativity shine! Sharpies are a very quick and easy way to add a little detail to your tiny little pumpkins. I went with a tried and true Jack-o-Lantern.
Google and Pinterest are your friends. Look up pumpkin carving ideas. There are so many ways you can customize this to fit where you want it.
If you go with something more detailed, you’ll want to use a fine tip Sharpie.
Nail Stickers: If you really want to take it up a level, nail stickers are an easy way to go. I rarely paint my nails and had forgotten I even had these. When I was putting away the nail polish I found them again and got hit with the idea.
You can also do a little Google/Pinterest magic and look for nail art ideas. I swear, for someone who never paints their fingernails (only toes), I get sucked into those videos that pop up in my Facebook feed, all the time.
Happy Little Pumpkins
Here are a few of the ones I made. I’ve got extras, in case someone swipes the ones in front of my fairy house. I don’t think they’ll last through next fall, but they’re so simple, I’ll survive.
And, I can plan ahead and snag some Halloween nail art when they go on clearance after the season.
Sewing Machine Pumpkin
The Acorn Pumpkins that started off as a fun project for my Fairy House turned into a quirky decoration for my sewing machine.
My little Pumpkin stays put for me, even while sewing. My machine is on a folding table, so it bounces a little.
If yours doesn’t want to play nice, a little double sided tape should do the trick.
Since I did make extras, I’ve just scattered them about in my house. Window sills, on my mantle next to pictures and on the top of a wide door frame. I love these tiny little spots of festive color.
Let me know in the comments if you gave these a try and where they wound up in your place.