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Natural Nutshell Ornament

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I'm involved in a wonderful ornament exchange this year. The catch, it had to be crafted and under $10 to make.
The best way to keep it under budget for someone who loves woodlands is to reach for the black walnuts in the backyard. So I made a nutshell wreath ornament for my friend Michelle, by sending her something from my neck of the "woods".
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I gathered the nuts from outdoors under the black walnut trees.
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Then peeled off the outer covering.
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Cleaned them in boiling water and a toothbrush to remove all of the gunk.
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The edges are quite rough. And the crevices still had some of the yucky dark muddy stuff, so I dried them in the oven at 100 degrees fahrenheit for about an hour .
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Then used a small wire brush to clean them further.
Sanded off the rough edges on the bench sander.
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Then sliced them on the bandsaw, cleaned out the nut meat, and washed them with soap and hot water.
And with a very tiny drill bit, drilled holes to wire and glue them together in the shape of a wreath.
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Then added a small copper pine cone and ribbon tied onto it. And, attached a couple of golden sprigs.
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It's so pretty with it's natural colors and shapes. These walnut shells are very thick and are like wood. This ornament is sure to last many years.
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Michelle happy with her ornament and I truly adore the wood slice ornament she made for me! She woodburned a Christmas truck on it!!! It's gorgeous!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Black Walnuts   (Back yard)
  • Hot Glue   (Walmart Craft area)
  • Thin Craft Wire   (Walmart Jewelry Crafts area)
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To see more: http://redoityourselfinspirations.blogspot.com/2016/11/walnut-shell-wreath-and-2016-ornament.html

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