How to Draw Acorns

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Acorns are the nut or fruit produced by the oak tree. Acorns have a distinct appearance from other nuts, with a characteristic patterned cap that binds the nut to the tree.

Acorns are a favorite treat for squirrels and other animals. Acorns are also iconic of the autumn season.

What does the word acorn mean? It is derived from a word in the East Germanic language known as Gothic. The word akran meant “fruit of the unenclosed land,” the forest. Over time, the word came to apply only to the most important forest fruit, the acorn.

Did you know? Native Americans, Koreans, and other groups have used acorns to make bread, noodles, a coffee substitute, or jelly. They boiled the nuts to remove bitter toxins called tannins, dried them, and ground them into flour.

Acorns constituted as large a part of the diets of some cultures as corn or wheat does today. Few people eat acorns today, but they are eaten by wild animals such as bears and fed to farm animals such as pigs.

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Acorns also appear in popular culture. They were common in ancient Roman architecture, as well as Celtic and Scandinavian art. They can be seen in ornamentation at Westminster Abbey in London, and represent England’s nationally designated nature trails. They are also used in heraldry and university symbolism.

Acorns are the inspiration for the apricorns used to construct Poké Balls in the Pokémon series. Acorn patterns are common on clothing, accessories, and home decor.

Would you like to draw a cluster of acorns? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Palm Tree, Fall Tree, and Oak Leaves.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ Acorns

How to Draw Acorns: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two long, curved lines that are roughly parallel to one another. Notice, though, that the lines are farther apart on one end, and closer together on the other. These lines form the twig to which the acorns are attached.

How to Draw Acorns: Step 2

2. Enclose the wide end of the twig using a short, curved line. Extend a pair of short, parallel lines from the middle of the twig. This is the stem that will connect to the acorn cap.

How to Draw Acorns: Step 3

3. Using two curved lines, draw a crescent moon shape dangling from the stem. This is your acorn cap, or cupule.

How to Draw Acorns: Step 4

4. Use a long, curved line to enclose the shape of the acorn, called the nut or pericarp. Notice that the sides are nearly straight, and the small bulge at the tip, the remains of the oak flower’s style.

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How to Draw Acorns: Step 5

5. Use curved lines to enclose a second crescent moon shape, partially hidden by the first. Draw a short line to indicate the stem and connect the cap to the main twig.

How to Draw Acorns: Step 6

6. Use a long, curved line to outline the shape of the acorn. Again, note the protrusion at the tip.

How to Draw Acorns: Step 7

7. Draw three long, curved lines extending upwards from the twig, just above the acorns. These will form the veins of the oak leaves.

How to Draw Acorns: Step 8

8. Outline the lobed oak leaf around each vein, using a long, wavy line for each.

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How to Draw Acorns: Step 9

9. Extend short, curved lines outward from each leaf vein, forming secondary veins. Detail the acorn caps with cross-hatching.

How to Draw Acorns: Step 10

10. Color your acorns and leaves. Acorns are green when they are young, turning brown as autumn approaches. Your leaves could be green or in fall shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown.

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