Here is a version of how I dried the acorns. I liked the "natural" look and decided to keep all the acorns that had bug-holes chewed in them as well as the "caps" that were missing their "head." Its a fun assortment.
Materials Already On-Hand: Project Cost: $0
Step 1: Wash/Rinse pine cones
I dumped mine in a strainer and ran it under water for a bit. Didn't really wipe them down or anything.
Step 2: Bake at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours
Step 3: Glue lids onto the nut (no picture)
I used tacky craft glue but I don't think it matters what kind you use.
Step 4: Spray with a finishing spray.
Small Home Big Start used a Satin Finishing spray to give more of a Pottery Barn effect. Since I was shooting for a more natural look I picked a different finishing spray.
Step 5: Display!
|hmmmmm...looks like the lid could use some spray paint|