Would you like to know how to make cute walnut mice ornaments? This is simple tutorial with a step by step process that even kids can do.
I stole these cute walnut mice ornaments from my mother last time I was home. She doesn’t mind. We acquired them through a children’s craft bazaar about thirty or so years ago-the kind where you went during school to buy your brother’s and sister’s gifts for Christmas. They really are Christmas ornaments but I love them for the winter months more. They are hanging on a little tack on my kitchen window. Aren’t they so cute?
They are cheap to make and relatively easy.
Here’s what you need to make cute walnut nice ornaments:
- Walnuts. Buy plenty…about 1/3 makes it through the cracking procedure properly.
2. String…any kind. I used embroidery thread.
3. Cotton balls
4. Tiny black beads
5. Black thread and a little needle
6. Fabric scraps
7. Grey felt
8. A glue gun
Here are the simple instructions:
- Crack your walnuts using a nutcracker. You must crack them carefully…my method: Use a nutcracker on one 1/2 of the shell…that part will break but you will be left with the other 1/2.
2. Scoop out the walnut.
3. Cut a square (about 2”) out of a piece of fabric for the blanket part.
4. Cut a out a rectangular (about 1 1/2” x 3”) piece of felt.
5. Cut two little tiny ears and a long thin tail out of the gray felt also.
6. Cut a piece of string to use for the hanger part of the ornament.
I sewed my nose and eyes on because I am a TERRIBLE glue gunner. It’s actually easier, I think to sew them on, and stitch up the underside of the face. (If you are a master glue gunner, go for it!) Place the nose in the middle at the very bottom of the rectangular piece and the eyes right above. Stitch up the underside so it forms a cone shape. Shove a little cotton from a cotton ball in the nose.
Use your glue gun and glue the tail, the ears and the string on the walnut: Fold over the back of the mouse’s head and put a quick stitch in…you may need to cut a little fabric off to make it fit in the walnut properly:
Use your glue gun and glue that head in there…I just use a little bead of glue around the inside edge.
Place a fluffed up cotton ball in the middle of the fabric “blankie” and wrap up like a ball:
Next, fit your fabric covered “blankie” cotton ball into the remaining space…glue the same way you did the head.
Here’s one my son made-he insisted on making himself one using the glue gun…you know the ending of that story. He loves it though, red mark on his finger and all.
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