‘Tis the season for fall! Fall is an extremely festive time of year, from crunchy leaves and cardigans to pumpkin spiced lattes, there are many ways to celebrate. Another fall hallmark: acorns. Whether you use them to garnish your autumn dinner table, or use the crown of the acorn to make a whistle (who tried this when they were younger?), acorns are bound to make an appearance in the next few months. Acorns can be used for a variety of decorations, but we’ve got instructions for bright and bold DIY acorn magnets. Keep reading!

The unconventional aspect to this project includes painting the acorns neon colors. Neon pink, green, orange and yellow might seem out of the ordinary for the season, but it’s these colors represent the most vivid leaves during peak foliage. Or, if you’d like, you can use more traditional colors or just keep them natural! Keep reading to find out how you can create these magnetic acorns.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Acorns.
  • Small, circular wood slices (found at your local craft store).
  • Paint color of your choice such as neon pink, green, orange and yellow paint. Or you can just leave them natural.
  • 5/16” x ⅛” disc magnets.
  • Hot glue gun.


  • If you decide not to buy the wood slices from a craft store, you can create your own using thick branches, or other wood materials. Set the wood slices aside.
  • Dip the acorns into each paint color and set on newspaper to dry for 2-4 hours.
  • Once acorns are completely dry, use the hot glue gun to stick to the wood slices. Let dry.
  • Use the hot glue gun to add a small drop of glue on the back of the wood slices and place a magnet on. Let completely dry.
  • Display your fun, neon magnets on the fridge or any other magnetic surface.

Not ready to commit to the bold, vivid colors? Try painting your DIY acorn magnets traditional fall colors like dark red, burnt orange, or subdued yellow. You can also use a paintbrush for further painting accuracy, or to smooth the paint once they are dipped in the colors.

How did your acorn magnets turn out? Let us know! While you’re here, check out the other magnetic DIY’s on our blog.