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These stuffed paper bag acorn portraits are an adorable fall art project for kids and a lovely autumn craft you can fill with seasonal surprises…
What a nut, right?! These silly acorns are STUFFED with personality (among other things) and make an adorable addition to the fall craft lineup or Thanksgiving/holiday kids’ table. You can use them as a standalone art project, or make them functional by filling them with little treats or trinkets.
Play the quick tutorial video below to watch the easy process!
You can add all sorts of details to make this 3D nutty buddy YOURS. Tuck yarn, dry grasses, or felt under the cap for wonderful hair. Add some decorative flair to their little chapeaux. Use wild colors, fun patterns, or stamped and sprayed textures.
To make your own paper bag acorn portraits you’ll need:
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- A Paper lunch bag or paper grocery bag
- Tempera or acrylic paint and a paintbrush or foam brush
- Scrap paper
- A Glue stick
- Stuffing (shredded paper, bags, dry leaves, etc.)
- A Twig
- Natural decorative supplies like dried grass, raffia, moss, twigs, pinecone petals, etc.
- Decorative craft supplies like stickers, buttons, ribbon, etc.
- Paint sticks or paint pens
How to Make Paper Bag Acorn Portraits – DIY Instructions:
- Paint or use paper scraps to make a face on a paper bag
Use paints, scrap paper and a glue stick, or crayons and markers to make a face on the front of a paper bag. It can be a self-portrait, someone else’s face, or just a silly character you make up as you go.
We’ll be folding the top half of the bag down to create a cap, so make sure your face fits on the bottom third. You can use the horizontal fold line as a good marker – stay underneath that and you’re good to go!
Once you’ve finished making your face, stuff the bottom third of the bag with shredded paper, bags, dry leaves, polyfill, or anything else you can think of.
The more tightly packed the stuffing, the more your face will fill out and hold its shape, so make sure you have enough material to be able to really pack it in!
- Tie-off with twine
Gather the bag at the center and use a piece of twine, string, or ribbon to tie a knot around the bag after stuffed.
- Roll the top of the paper bag down to make an acorn cap
Gently roll down the top of the bag and form into a rounded cap.
- Paint the acorn cap
To make you cap stand out, paint the whole acorn cap with a base color.
Next, paint or draw criss-crossing lines to create a typical acorn cap texture.
- Insert a twig to make the acorn stem
Grab a good stick and pop it into the small whole in the middle of the cap. Yahoo! Your cut little acorn is ready to impress!
I mean, just ABSOLUTELY darling. The faces are so full of character, they really bring some welcome warmth to the chilly fall landscape!
Brown paper lunch bags are a great size for little hands, but you can also go BIGGER by using grocery bags, or go for SERIOUS size with a leaf bag!
For summer soft sculpture fun, Try making a puffy paper bag ice cream cone
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