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Acorn Doll "Family"

Keep kids entertained while the grownups prepare the big meal.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2014


To make, collect a bunch of acorns in a variety of sizes — turn mini acorns into babies and bigger ones into adults. If you want to go a step further, gather leaves, branches, and other backyard materials to make an entire town.


  • Acorns

  • Wooden beads (Pictured: Round wooden balls, by Woodworks, from $1.50 for 10,

  • Hot glue gun

  • Colored pencils or markers

  • Yarn (optional)


  1. Pop off each cupule "hat" and hot-glue it to a wooden ball.

  2. Hot-glue the ball to the nut.

  3. Have the children use colored pencils or markers to draw on facial features and hair. (Tip: You can make a tiny scarf using leftover yarn or twine.)

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