Coco-nutty Sweater Acorns

Today, I am sharing my coco nutty sweater acorns tutorial!

Are you enjoying the cool weather? Our family certainly is and we have been enjoying the outdoors. Nature walks seem to be an activity our family enjoys doing. The girls love to play the I Spy game and look for treasures. Fall is about enjoying the sounds of the leaves crunching beneath your feet, the smell of the woods, the gorgeous colors, the giggles and laughs as the kiddos run down the trail, and hot cocoa after. This is what I love.

coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina

It was these nature walks that inspired these coco-nutty sweater acorns. It is a fun and super easy craft you can do with your kids or on your own for budget friendly Fall decor.





Hot glue gun and sticks

Coconut shells

coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina

Start with a few discarded sweaters you no longer like to wear (or in my case, don’t fit because I put them in the dryer). If you do not have any sweaters in your closet to use for this project, head over to your local Goodwill and pick out a few. And I know you are asking, what do I do with the rest of the sweater? Pillows are a great way to use sweaters. Coffee mug holder. Winter headband. Just to name a few ideas.

coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina

I cut the sweater sleeves at a few different lengths, as I wanted variation in size of the acorns.

coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina

Turn your sweater sleeve inside out and then wrap the rubberband tightly around the end. Turn the sleeve right side out.

coconutty sweater acorns by Dandelion Patina

Insert poly-fill into the sweater sleeve until firm and compact.

coconutty sweater acorn by dandelion patina

Once poly-fill is to desired consistency and shape, take another rubberband and secure the top. You will then hot glue the coconut piece to the top of the sweater.

coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina

Finished acorn should resemble something like this.

coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina

Create multiple acorns to fill a Fall vignette on a table or you could even attach string and display on your front door.

coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina


coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina


coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina


coconutty sweater acorns by dandelion patina

These acorns bring a cozy feel to the Fall decor and kids have such a great time creating them.

coconutty sweater acorns

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on the coco-nutty sweater acorns. Let me know if you have questions! Happy Fall to you!

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  1. Love these! Question: do you have a source for the coconut shells? Or do you buy them at the grocery store and cut them yourself? Just wondering what is the best way to cut them so neatly? Thanks!

    • Linda, the coconuts were purchased at a local grocery store. We used a screwdriver to open the “eyes” of the coconut and drain the liquid. We then used a hammer to open the shell. It breaks open quite easily. After that, we just scrapped out the coconut and let the shell dry. Thanks for your question!

    • I would love to see your version when you are done! Be sure to send me a few pictures! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a great idea! I will definitely be making these! Also, did you make the non-sweater one? Looks like it may be made of twigs and wire? How’d you do that?! Thanks for sharing your acorns! 🙂

    • Jennifer, thanks for the positive feedback! I would love to see your version when you complete them. The twig acorn was found at Michaels. Sometimes you have to just buy a few things you love! Take care!

  3. So cute! I love acorns and have a huge oak tree in my yard that gives me plenty of the small ones! I am going to give this a try!

  4. Hi Michelle,
    What a wonderful Fall project!! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Everyone will love making these for the holiday!

  5. I LOVE this! I wish I had thought of it! lol. I would love having these sweater acorns as part of my fall decor 🙂 Great DIY! Thanks for sharing at the Talented Tuesday party!
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    • Carol, we actually referenced a You Tube video on how to crack them open. The video helped so much. Thanks for your question.

  6. HI Michelle, Omg these Sweater Acorns are so darn cute! Love them. Thanks so much for sharing at our Something to Talk About Link Party 33 this week. I’m gonna share them on my Fb later today. Have a great week, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  7. Michelle, these acorns are so cool! I love this idea to reuse old sweaters (i have a few that accidentally made it into the dryer, too). Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark; I’m featuring these adorable acorns tomorrow. Hope you’ll stop by and link up with us again! The party starts at 6am EST 🙂

  8. can I buy the coconut shells in a craft store. I’d hate to have to buy fresh coconuts to get the shells!
    thanks – look forward to your reply.

    • Barb, we bought fresh ones. We wanted to show our kids how to open them and then let them taste what was inside. So, for us, it was worth it for the experience. I have not seen these in a craft store. Let me know if you do though!

  9. I just LOVE this idea! Thank you for sharing it. I purchased several sweaters to make pumpkins & Christmas stockings last year. This will be a perfect use for the sleeves!


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