DIY Christmas walnut decorations – unbreakable tree ornaments ideas

Author: Kremena Ruseva

DIY Christmas walnut decorations can be a great craft project for children during winter holidays. If you are bored with ordinary toys for decorating a Christmas tree, you can craft beautiful and unusual ornaments from walnuts and walnut shells. In addition to being unbreakable and safe for the kids, such ornaments are environmentally friendly, like all decorations made from natural materials.

DIY Christmas walnut decorations unbreakable tree ornaments ideas


The walnut shell is very durable. It is not afraid of water, does not dry out over time and retains its original form. You do not need special knowledge to make different walnut Christmas ornaments and decorations. Crafting original ornaments is a fun time for the whole family. Children will be happy, parents will be happy. If you need inspiration, have a look at the photo gallery.

Holiday activities and craft projects – DIY Christmas walnut decorations ideas

unbreakable Christmas tree ornaments from walnut shells


To many people, walnuts are only an ingredient for cooking or baking. Why not save the shells and use them in a creative way instead of throwing them away? What could be better than reusing and recycling something that is usually a discard? DIY Christmas walnut decorations ideas allow you to be creative and engage your children in a fun activity during the holidays. Yes, you may need to help and supervise the process, but this is a great chance for a fun family activity.

Walnuts are a traditional material used to make Christmas ornaments. You can use walnut shells or whole nuts. Half shells are ideal to make different animals, such as turtles, reindeer, etc. In this article, we will show you different ideas which will make your festive tree bright and unusual thanks to this decoration.

DIY Christmas walnut decorations ideas – Santa Claus tree ornament

DIY Christmas walnut decorations ideas Santa Claus tree ornament

Materials:

  • Walnuts
  • Cotton
  • Red paper

DIY Christmas walnut decorations ideas Santa Claus tree ornament tutorial


Instructions:

Make Santa’s hat out of red paper by cutting out a semicircle, bending it into a cone shape and gluing it. If you are making Santa Claus as a tree ornament, use a small piece of wire to make a hanger and glue it to the top of the hat.

Attach the hat to the walnut and decorate with cotton wool.

Finally, shape the beard and face and Santa Claus is ready.

How to Make Gilded Walnuts – DIY Christmas tree ornaments ideas

DIY Christmas tree ornaments ideas How to Make Gilded Walnuts

Materials:

  • walnuts
  • red satin ribbon
  • gold acrylic paint
  • wood glue (or other glue)
  • paintbrush
  • knife
  • scissors

How to Make Gilded Walnuts tutorial


Instructions:

Carefully split the walnuts in half with a knife and remove the meat. Make sure to keep the matching halves together.

Paint the walnut shells with gold acrylic paint and allow to dry.

Glue a piece of ribbon to the top of the walnuts. Then paint wood glue around the edges of the shells and glue the walnut halves together.

Hang the handmade Christmas ornaments on the tree.

DIY Walnut Reindeer Christmas tree Ornaments

DIY Walnut Reindeer Christmas tree Ornaments

Materials:

  • A walnut
  • Brown felt (or brown paper)
  • Red mini pom pom (or a red button or red felt)
  • hanging ribbon
  • Glue
  • Black pen
  • Knife

DIY Walnut Reindeer Christmas tree Ornaments tutorial

Directions:

Carefully split the walnuts in half with a knife and remove the meat.

Cut reindeer antlers out of brown felt.

Generously spread PVA glue to the rim of your walnut. Position the antlers and hanging string.

Glue the walnut halves together and hold tight. Smooth down any excess glue with your finger.

Glue on a pom pom noses and draw eyes to finish your walnut reindeer tree ornament.

Walnut shell Christmas tree ornaments with beeswax dough figures

Walnut shell Christmas tree ornaments with beeswax dough figures

Materials:

  • Walnuts
  • a knife
  • glue
  • string
  • beeswax dough

Instructions:

Carefully split the walnuts in half with a knife and remove the meat.

Shape miniature beeswax dough figures – teddy bar, apple, mouse, gifts, Christmas tree, bird, etc. and place into the shell.

Glue a string to the shell.

Tip: You can use little toys or decorations like mini deer, wreaths or even tiny wooden Christmas ornaments instead of beeswax dough.

DIY walnut winter birds Christmas ornaments

DIY walnut winter birds Christmas ornaments

Materials:

  • Walnuts
  • White feathers
  • Wire
  • Perlon thread
  • Red and white yarn
  • Red pom poms
  • Felt
  • Yellow cardboard
  • Black and white deco paint
  • Pink crayon
  • Small drill, pliers, scissors, cutter knife, all-purpose glue or hot glue

Instructions:

Bend a piece of wire in a semicircle and glue it to the walnut together with the pom poms as shown in the photo

Draw the cheeks with the crayon and smudge them a little. Draw the eyes with the deco pen.

Paint the beaks on cardboard, cut them out and glue them on the shells.

Attach decorative feathers as wings.

Bend the wire to shape birds’ feet.

Drill small holes in the walnut and insert the feet. Fix with glue.

Finally, attach the thread for hanging.

DIY Mouse in a nutshell tree ornament

DIY Mouse in a nutshell tree ornament

Materials:

  • Walnuts
  • Pressed Paper Balls
  • Cotton
  • Glue Gun
  • Thick Thread
  • Piece Of Fabric
  • Felt
  • Sharpie

DIY Mouse in a nutshell tree ornament tutorial

Instructions:

Carefully split the walnuts in half with a knife and remove the meat.

Glue a cotton ball to the bottom of each walnut shell.

Glue a thread to the top of the shells and the paper ball.

Cut pieces of fabric about the size of the walnut shell and put it on the cotton ball as a “blanket”.

Cut out small circles from the felt for the ears of the mice, then put a little glue on them and pinch them the paper ball.

Use the sharpie to draw the moustache and eyes of the mice.

 

 

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