My kids always beg for nuts in their shells this time of year. The bulk bins at the grocery store are very enticing for them. This year we bought walnuts. I love the idea of eating the nut, and then making something with the lovely shell. It just makes sense not to waste them. We made a big mess of our kitchen cracking the nuts, painting them, and the reassembling them with a bit of knotted twine inside.
Cover the table with a cloth and then newspaper for painting
Brace yourself for a mess
Use a butter knife to gently split the shells, not a nutcracker
Keep halves grouped together so that they match up when it’s time to glue them-we used muffin pans to organize them
Know that you may end up doing most of the final assembly as your kids will have already had their fun splitting the nuts and painting them
White glue works just fine for glueing them together
If you are hoping only to have traditional golden walnut ornaments as I was, don’t let your kids see the other colors of metallic paint.
If you do end up being the one doing all the assembly work, of course you don’t have to assemble the ones that aren’t gold. I didn’t!
You can find more Christmas crafts for kids in this post!