Asked on Jul 30, 2016

Walnuts shell craft ideas?

by Yegana
I have these walnut shells. I used them for plant pots decoration. I have so many of them I think to make some lamps similar to bamboo ones, but not sure about technique. Any ideas would be helpful. Thank you.
walnut shells.
  30 answers
  • ReneJackson ReneJackson on Jul 30, 2016
    A little craft for the kiddos is to make mice. I made some for my fairy garden for my brave caries to ride to victory . You just make ears and a tail , glue them onto your half shell and dab on eyes and whiskers and you have a little mousie. I used Brown pleather for years and tail, paint for eyes, and pieces of an old broom for whiskers. The whole thing took about an hour to complete. Fun for my Granddaughter and I.
  • Mssmatch Mssmatch on Jul 30, 2016
    in quilt class we grind them up and then put inside big pin cushions. the oil keeps the pins from ever rusting and sharp
  • Marge Marge on Jul 30, 2016
    You could glue them to a ring and make a wreath with some small pine cones ,pecan shells, and almond shells. My Mom and I made these attaching them all to a cardboard ring and made Christmas presents this way. Another use is for handles on mason jar lids. Just glue on. I think the little mice is a cute idea too!
  • MadameRã MadameRã on Jul 30, 2016
    As the Artist i am, i would seperate shells into four lots, putting them in unwanted ice-cream or plastic containers. Purchase four different metal coloured spray paints, using dishwashing gloves that are long (to protect your paws/skin) spray & mix around with your hands to cover shells... Repeat with all.. From any Spot light store or craft shop, buy a variety of different shape eyes that you would put on toys; you might be lucky & get some stickers also, with 'whatever eyes' place a few on your biggest shells & place into little display baskets (small ones & leave them natural)... Ok coarse stick those eyes that are on a button foremat using a simple clear craft glue... Now you have very interesting table displays; 'eyes always watching for protection.. * this idea i have done & it does look quite amazing... You can mix your colour shells (always once properly dried before proceeding anything), & use small display dishes/baskets for it doen't look cramped or cheap by no means, the eyes make for that extra touch of fab look, that will get your guests talking,& wanting simply because they are so different... Even guys" like this idea.. Happy Crafting Madame Ra
    Break them into smaller pieces and cover them with water, soak them for 12 hours, then boil them for 2 hours to make a stain/dye.....the longer you boil them the darker the dye. 100% natural but the stain will last for 3-4 days on your skin if you don't wear gloves. A friend's mom used to dye her hair with this in the old country....I have used it to dye some old white sheets a golden brown color. 2-3 cups walnut shells to 4 cups water.
    • Yegana Yegana on Jul 31, 2016
      it's a great dye to mix with henna, actually I dye my hair with henna and use them a lot. but I didn't boil them for 2 hours.I'll try for different color. I use also green skin from fresh raw walnuts. I peel then I boil them and mix with henna.
  • William Rodriguez William Rodriguez on Jul 30, 2016
    Be an ecologist. Clean them inside; glue area with some color cloth or paper; paint little ornaments in the outside; place an earring cl and wallaaa! A nice pair of ecological earrings. Crazy, not?
  • Lak8291831 Lak8291831 on Jul 30, 2016
    Crush shells into very small pieces-they make great pet litter. The smell is a bit like milk (as in dairy farm smell), and shells disintegrate into something similar to sawdust!
  • Susan Axsom Curtis Susan Axsom Curtis on Jul 30, 2016
    Lightly sand the outside of each shell, glue to your lamp base. Stain if you want, then use a sealer to bring out the color and "grain" of the shells. ***WARNING **** Test each step before you make your lamp.
  • Linda Kay Walters Walker Linda Kay Walters Walker on Jul 30, 2016
    They are also great to throw in your barbaque grill when you are smoking meat.
    • Yegana Yegana on Jul 31, 2016
      yes, very good idea and tasty bbq :)we use hazelnuts shells for bbq. but it's pity to use them for bbq. I collected them with so much passion, it's not so easy to get them halved.
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jul 30, 2016
    Go get a plywood circle already cut at Lowe's. Get a mirror of any size. Place the mirror in the center of the plywood & draw a circle around it. Remove the mirror & paint the plywood to desired color. Take shells outside & turn each one upside down onto some old newspapers & spray paint them a desired color. When all is dry, hot glue the shells to the plywood on the outside of the circle you drew for the mirror. Glue the mirror in place. On the outer edge of the mirror & in between each shell, you could put some beads, pearls, mini glass drops, etc to accent it. Screw a hanger on the back & you've got a decorative mirror for any room of your house. :) You could also ground them up in your food processor & use them as mulch for your flower beds or pots too (just on top of the soil for decoration). :)
    • Yegana Yegana on Jul 31, 2016
      yes. İ usually use them for decoration in flower and plants pots on top of the soil. looks very nice.
  • Kim Kim on Jul 30, 2016
    There are lots of ideas on pinterest. Try one of these great ideas.
  • Bai8830703 Bai8830703 on Jul 31, 2016
    Paint the walnut shells old on the inside, cover the inside with glue and a glitter, then add a miniature santa, sled.,decorated tiny ree Glue your color of ribbon for an ornaments or drill a small hole in the top to insert a tiny screw eye to hold the ribbon.
  • Evieevyev Evieevyev on Jul 31, 2016
    I just feed them to m rabbits n horses sorry no ideas but others got some Good ones
  • If you want to do a lamp shade just get a plain one and glue the shells to it. Maybe alternate the orientation of the shells or mix in other items to create interest. I think mixing them with the glass gems from the dollar store would look cool. Good luck.
  • Fis3037933 Fis3037933 on Jul 31, 2016
    crush and stuff pincushions or dolls for decorating
  • Cathy Bailey Cathy Bailey on Aug 01, 2016
    They would make a lovely wreath, spray some gold,silver or red or your favorite color, glue on to a foam wreath or wrap wreath with twine or yarn then glue on shells.
  • Mary Tobey Mary Tobey on Aug 02, 2016
    I used a couple to make turtles out of clay. the shell is the turtles shell, then I used clay to make legs & head
  • Cas2491651 Cas2491651 on Aug 03, 2016
    Make reindeer Christmas ornaments out of them.
  • Anita Anita on Aug 04, 2016
    If you don't have an old lamp to cover with nut shells, buy one that would be easy to work with at a thrift shop or yard sale. Using air dry clay, maybe tan or brown, stick to lamp base, filling in all space with clay, allow to dry. When dry, brush on a clear varnish to help keep the clay from flaking and to give the clay and shells a special finish.
  • Jack Evans Jack Evans on Aug 06, 2016
    Tooth picks and a peace of paper for a sail boat
    • Yegana Yegana on Aug 07, 2016
      I think instead of little boats I can glue them together and make sailship. :)
  • Kathy Powers Kathy Powers on Aug 07, 2016
    A nutshell train wall decoration. The nutty choo choo can be comando or painted!
  • Kathy Powers Kathy Powers on Aug 07, 2016
    Use to make stamp bases
  • Kathy Powers Kathy Powers on Aug 07, 2016
    I envision a nutty nut bowl. Glue shells onto a dollar store bowl. paint flat bottom of bowl, paint nutty faces onto attached shells. Use as a nut bowl or anything that needs a nutty theme. The size of the bowls are up to you, make a set. Have fun with the nut coating them. Important, seal the nut shells with food friendly sealant for cleanup and hygiene.
  • Kathy Powers Kathy Powers on Aug 07, 2016
    Drill hole in center of shell to use as a macrame "bead". Give your macrame project a natural, rustic look.
  • Dee Dee on Aug 07, 2016
    A friend turns walnut shell into minature houses for fairies(?) or just to show off her minature furniture she joins some together, maybe 2 or 3 and creates stair cases for them bits of twigs and small hand made flowers complete her houses. The ideas could go on and on Dot
  • Lorelei O'Malley Lorelei O'Malley on Aug 09, 2016
    Put a christmas ornament hook inside, glue halves together and spray gold or silver!
    • Audrey Trubshaw Audrey Trubshaw on Aug 11, 2016
      I have some like that with new pennies inside (can't see them but I know they are there. :-) )
  • Ozzie Jacobs Ozzie Jacobs on Aug 10, 2016
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  • RolandeO RolandeO on Aug 11, 2016
    What suggest is to glue them on the flat side of a plant pot as a decoration, or a picture frame, anything on a flat surface for a matching set.
  • Margaret Armagh McMullen Margaret Armagh McMullen on Aug 13, 2016
    You can turn them into miniature boats using small bits of wood as seats
  • Liv Liv on May 23, 2018

    OOOH! I like Margaret's idea.