Walnut Ornaments


I love decorations made with natural materials. Although I wait until after Thanksgiving before bringing out the Christmas decorations, it’s not too soon for a few walnut ornaments.

Sometimes making things is more fun if you have help. If I asked Doug, “Can we craft Christmas ornaments together?” he’d probably go along with it eventually. But instead I said, “I need you to help me make something. Can you get your wire cutters and needle-nose pliers?” Y’all, I’m not kidding, he was back in five seconds carrying his tool bag.

And now I have cute ornaments.


Click here for instructions at Design*Sponge.

What are some things you want to make for the holidays?
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  1. These are adorable…I will definitely give them a try!

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  2. Southern Gal says:

    We did these one year and made them look like strawberries. Used red ribbon, painted the walnuts red, glued little black seed beads on them and they were ready for the Christmas tree.

    They are beautiful plain, too.

  3. Completely adorable!!

  4. Great idea! I remember having a few of these on my tree growing up, presumably that my sister and I made.

    I’m doing apple cinnamon ornaments this year. I already have my ingredients lined up!


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  5. Those are so precious! Now…if only I could get walnuts here…hmmm…I bet there is some alternative!

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  6. Those are adorable!!

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  7. Oh my gosh, those are so cute! They would look fabulous on a Christmas tree.

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  8. So funny! My husband is the same way. If I tell him I need help (especially if tools or muscle are involved), he’s right there…but if I asked him to help me do a craft project…there’d be “hesitation”. He’s my go-to for my address embosser at Christmastime.

    Love the ornaments!

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  9. Those ornaments are adorable, but I have to admit that I am absolutely drooling over the card catalog.

    This summer I went to an auction at the University of Colorado where they were auctioning off 4 of them, but luckily I realized that they weighed several hundred pounds each before I bid (my plan was to put them in the basement, so there was very little chance I could make it work). I still mourn their loss.

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  10. CUTE, CUTE, CUTE! I want to make some! I hope others will post their natural material decorating ideas – I am so inspired.

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  11. The walnut ornaments are so lovely. I would love to make them with my girls ( 4 and 9). Can you share the type and gauge of the wire you used? I am craft challenged and need everything spelled out. :) I think I’ll let the girls cover them with glitter so that they can take part in this project.

    • I used florist wire, but it was probably a little too thick. Doug had to use a tool to make the hole in the walnuts bigger for it.

  12. I, too, am in love with your card catalog. Can you tell me how you use it? I see your “wine” and “maps” drawers, but I’m wondering about other drawers/uses.

  13. So lovely!


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  14. Hi, I came across your blog recently and have been reading since. Love your pix and ideas!

    I have a card catalog similar to yours–was in the right place at the right time and got it for FREE! I use mine to hold craft supplies and tools/hardware.

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  15. So so so cute! Can’t wait to try this out. I love that they are natural.

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  16. These are too pretty for words, I love them! Have a fabulous weekend.

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  17. Simply adorable!! Did any walnuts split as you put the eye hook in?

  18. So Sweet! They turned out great! I’m with you on the natural/handmade ornament idea. Good job, hubby, too!

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  19. These are the sweetest ornaments!

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  20. Wow! Simple but ELEGANT.

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  21. Thanks for sharing. The kids and I try and make some sort of ornament for the christmas tree every year…it’s great looking at your homemade projects hanging up isn’t it?!

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  22. Those are great Rachel! I’m looking forward to making popcorn cranberry garland for our Christmas tree this year. I’ve never made it before but always wanted to :)

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  23. These are soooo cute!

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  24. Jenni at My Web of Life says:

    love, Love, LOVE this craft! I’m am crazy about natural decoration and this absolutely fits the bill! Thanks for a great idea!

  25. Love these! Can’t wait to make some!
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