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Animal Crossing - Acorns and pine cones: How to get acorns and pine cones, including the acorn DIY recipes in New Horizons explained

Acorns and pine cones can be found on your island.

Acorns and pine cones are seasonal materials in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Just like summer shells and cherry blossoms, this means that acorns and pine cones can only be found on your island during a specific time of the year. For acorns and pine cones, this means autumn.

Acorns and pine cones can be used to create a variety of autumnal DIY recipes, which includes both their own set of items and the Maple Leaf set that is available during November.

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Acorns and pine cones season dates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Throughout autumn (or fall - whatever you prefer) in New Horizons there are a number of seasonal materials and associated DIY recipes for you to learn. The first materials that become available are acorns and pine cones.

In the northern hemisphere, both acorns and pine cones can be found during September, October and November.

If you live in the southern hemisphere, however, acorns and pine cones will appear throughout March, April and May.

No matter which hemisphere you live in though, throughout these months you'll be able to collect a range of DIY recipes for items that can be crafted out of acorns and pine cones.

How to find acorns and pine cones in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you want to collect some acorns and pine cones in New Horizons, then you need to start shaking the trees growing across your island.

Acorns can be found in hardwood trees, while pine cones can only be found in cedar trees.

Acorns and pine cones will fall down to the ground just like tree branches.

Don't be surprised if it takes you quite a while to find either of these materials - the treetops in New Horizons are surprisingly packed. We do, however, have a couple of tips to help you in your acorn quest.

The first is to ensure that there's a free tile space spaced at least one tile away from the tree, but, ideally, there should be an empty space next to the tree.

This ensures that whatever is hiding within the branches will land safely on the ground. If there are no free tiles, the tree is surrounded by flowers for example, then the acorn or pine corn will vanish, preventing you from ever being able to use it.

I will loose the fruit from this tree if I shake it.

Secondly, always make sure you're holding your net, while standing in front of the tree to shake it.

This is because one of the five wasp nests that appear on your island every day might be hiding in the treetop and you don't want to get stung. By standing in front of the tree, you'll force the nest to land on either your right or left side, which will allow you to easily catch it with one swing.


Acorn and pine cone price in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you don't like any of the acorn and pine cone related DIY recipes in New Horizons, then you can always sell these materials to Timmy and Tommy at Nook's Cranny.

Both a single acorn and pine cone will earn you 200 Bells.

Sell your spare acorns and pine cones.

This means that you can make a small profit from finding these materials every day, though selling the wasps you'll catch will earn you a lot more.

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Animal Crossing acorn and pine cone DIY recipe list: How many are there?

There are nine acorn and pine cone DIY recipes for you to find and craft in New Horizons. This includes a new bag, leaf piles and a campfire to keep you warm during the chill autumn nights.

Here are the nine DIY recipes associated with acorns and pine cones in New Horizons:

  • Acorn pochette
  • Leaf campfire
  • Pile of leaves
  • Pine bonsai tree
  • Traditional balancing toy
  • Tree's bounty lamp
  • Tree's bounty little tree
  • Tree's bounty mobile
  • Yellow-leaf pile

How to find acorn and pine cone DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The main way you'll be finding acorn and pine DIY recipes in New Horizons is by shooting down the balloons that float across your island.

These DIY recipes are not confined to a specific balloon colour, which means you can fire your slingshot with the hope that you might receive a DIY recipe.

Keep your eyes open for balloons.

Whether you decide to hunt down these DIY recipes by balloon hunting or decide to find them gradually over the coming months, everyone is guaranteed the Tree's bounty little tree DIY recipe.

You'll receive this recipe the first time you play New Horizons during the pine cone and acorn season; Isabelle, during her morning announcements, will send the DIY recipes to the DIY recipe app on your Nook Phone, allowing you to make this furniture item straight away.

You will, however, have to find the other DIY recipes all by yourself.

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Tips for finding acorn and pine cone DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Since the main method for finding acorn and pine cone DIY recipes in New Horizons is to pop balloons, here are some tips to help you track down the balloons you need:

  • Buy or craft multiple slingshots. If you're going balloon hunting, then you must bring at least two slingshots. This way you won't have to waste any time making or buying a new one when the first breaks. It will also stop you from missing any balloons.
  • Balloons will appear on either the west or east coast of your island, depending on the time of day. During the day, the wind will flow in a westerly direction across, but, when the clock rings for 6pm, the wind will start blowing in an easterly direction, meaning you need to switch shores.
  • Balloons ten to spawn during a minute ending with a '4' or '9.' For example, 6:09pm or 4:04am. This means that, in New Horizons, balloons spawn roughly every five minutes, allowing you to complete another task or simply have a break from playing if you want.
Pop balloons to find acorn and pine cone DIY recipes.
  • Have the camera set to rolling mode. This will give you a good view of the sky, allowing you to spot any upcoming balloons.
  • Don't pop a balloon over rocks, water or large groups of flowers! If you do this, then there's a large chance that you will lose the present attached to the balloon and, with it, the possibility of a new DIY recipe.
  • Listen to the wind! You'll hear a whistling wind sound when a balloon is flying near you, so make sure you follow that sound to find your prize.

Good luck collecting the acorn and pine corn DIY recipes!