Little Acorn People

Every autumn, Elodie asks when we are going to “meet more acorn friends.” We first created these little people at a play group we used to attend a few years back and it has firmly took hold into a seasonal tradition for us. We always collect leaves and twigs for their little beds and can easily spend an afternoon creating stories around them. Here are some instructions to create your own:

Here’s what you’ll need:

little peg dolls
– sandpaper
acorns (have fun hunting for these or get some here)
beeswax (usually can be found at an art supply store)
– tacky glue
– markers
– wool for hair
– optional is paint and glitter for acorn hats

Here’s how to do it:

1. Using sandpaper, give the peg dolls a little scrub to get them ready for paint
2. Paint the bodies with non-toxic paint and let dry (or you can just leave natural)
3. Give your little friend a face. Maybe a smile and some rosy cheeks.
4. Rub all over with a bit of beeswax to seal paint color.
5. Choose a bit of colorful wool and pull apart so fairly thin. Coat with a thin layer of glue just wear you are going to attach to top of wooden peg doll.
6. Wait until this dries and then glue your acorn hat on top of hair.
7. (Optional: coat top of acorn with glitter for an extra sparkly cap)

It is so fun to hunt for acorns and it seems every time we do this activity we find different acorn caps. It takes time to coordinate which cap will fit with the little peg dolls but you can always find a handful that will work. If you find your self short on time, loads of people sell these on etsy as well. Last year we didn’t have time to make as I was preparing to have a baby and we found the ones above here.

x Elizabeth

To read more from Elizabeth, hop over to her sweet blog, The Littlest.


Comments (8)

October 25, 2013

This is such a cute idea, I love it! I’m going to do this with my kids. Thanks for sharing.

Esther in Amsterdam
October 28, 2013

Oh, how sweet! Thank you for the inspiration, will definitely do this with the kids this week. xxx

October 28, 2013

You always have the best ideas Elizabeth! We’re doing these this week. Have a whole bunch of acorn hats around the house already – I bet I have like a dozen in my pocket now… 🙂 Someone at our house has a serious stick and acorn addiction!

November 4, 2013

thanks everybody! we are making our third batch this weekend. 😉

November 5, 2013

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Natasha Zimmerman
May 13, 2014

Hi Elizabeth,
I was looking up the acorn littles that I make and sell on Etsy, just to see where they turn up. Voila, here they are on your blog, how fun!
Trouble is, the link you provided was to a different Etsy seller. I have not been doing much on Etsy so that may be the reason for the confusion. I don’t know if there’s anything you can do to change the link, but if so, I’d love the publicity!
Thank you so much, your little acorn people are so very sweet as well!

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January 27, 2017

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