Homemade Christmas Ornaments
"Nuts About Christmas"
Submitted by Cindy Beck
Anyone who is "nuts" about Christmas will love these
ornaments! And whether Santa leaves mixed nuts in your stocking or you have
them in a bowl for a festive look, don't throw them out if no one wants to go
to the trouble to shell them. Recycle a few of them into the nuttiest
ornaments you've ever seen! (Mine have lasted for many years, and bring a
smile to the face of all who see them.)
1 walnut (for body) and 1 hazelnut or filbert (for head), in the shell, per
Enamel or acrylic paint, and small paintbrush. PANDA: red, black and white
paint. BEAVER: red, black, white, yellow paint. PENGUIN: red, black, and white
Small pom-poms. 4 black for the panda, 2 brown for the beaver. The size
of the pom-poms is determined by what you feel looks good on your critters.
Assorted bits of trim—felt, knit fabric, old shoe leather (for tail on
beaver), cinnamon stick (for Yule log on beaver), popsicle sticks (skis on
penguin), beads, baubles, plastic berries or whatever you'd like.
Gold thread or cord for hanging on Christmas tree. Critters can also be set on
a table or mantle among tiny artificial trees, fake snow, or any other scene
Paint walnut body and hazelnut head to match photo of the critter you choose
to create. Let dry. (Note that the beaver's head and body is the natural shell
color and doesn't require painting.)
Paint details such as mouth, nose, eyes, whiskers, or teeth on face. Paint a
heart on the tummy. Let dry.
If you want your critter skiing, cut 2 popsicle sticks approximately 2 inches
long. Paint your color of choice. Let dry.
Hot glue head to body. Let glue cool and harden.
Glue pom-poms onto body and head for arms and ears, as needed (panda and
Glue felt scraps as desired for beak, wings, and feet (penguin), and hat
Glue knit fabric scraps for scarves, hats, a turtleneck, or any other
clothing, and glue leather scrap as needed for a tail (beaver).
Glue any miscellaneous scraps, berries, and baubles as you wish, including the
cinnamon stick Yule log (beaver).
Glue skis to body, at feet, if desired (penguin).
Cut a length of gold thread for a hanger. Tie ends together in a knot. Hot
glue the knot to the back of the critter's head, or to the back of his hat.
Enjoy your nutty critters year after year. They also make great ornaments to
tie onto special Christmas gifts!
*You can also use other nuts, if you feel the nut's shape fits the animal you
have in mind. When using a walnut and hazelnut, your critter will stand
approximately 2.5 inches tall (give or take a little, depending on whether you
give him a big hat! :)