A Forest of Walnut Trees for Christmas




Christmas is right around the corner, and what better way to decorate for the holiday than with a forest of walnut Christmas trees. These trees are so easy to make and last for years. All you need are Styrofoam tree forms in any size you want, bags of walnuts, a glue gun and some craft paint. To dress them up you can add berries, ribbon, greenery or anything your heart desires.


So Let’s Get Started


This is your beginning point. You start with as many cones as you want. This year I wanted three trees of descending size. The amount of walnuts  depends on the size and amount of trees you are making. I always break open a few shells so that I have half shells in case I need them to finish a row. Sometimes the walnuts do not cooperate and you have to wiggle them around to get a completed row. Walnuts are broader on the bottom than on the top, so I have put the pointed end in first to make a row work. You can see a few upside down walnuts in the trees I have made. Unless you are looking for them you really can’t tell.



They start like this.


The next step would be to paint your cones with craft paint. You don’t have to do this but the walnuts do not fit like a jigsaw puzzle so you will see some daylight, so to speak, between the walnuts. For demonstration purposes I didn’t paint them until I had the first row on so it would show up better.




And here is a closer view of the attached walnuts.




This is the paint I used on the cones, and it did take the whole bottle. It is a Golden Brown and almost a perfect match to the walnuts.





The Painted trees awaiting the walnuts 🙂




It does take a while to get the walnuts on each tree. I would size each walnut as I did each row, to try to get a good fit.  This is a great project to do while watching a Hallmark Christmas movie ! And after attaching all the walnuts you have a tree.




Dressing The Trees Up For The Holiday


After completing all three trees, I dressed them up for their holiday debut. On the tallest one I just went into the yard and clipped some fresh boxwood from one of the bushes, and used that to fill in some of the areas that the walnuts did not cover.







For the medium-sized one I decided to use red berries. To get the berries all I did was pull the attached berries off the stems. Here is one of the picks I used for this tree. I think jingle bells would also be a great filler for the trees.






The smallest tree I left bare. (I might go back and add the jingle bells to this little tree.)  After adding ribbon to the trees, here we have them. Ready to decorate a mantle or tablescape. Maybe just placed around the house for a little Christmas cheer !

Everything I used to make the trees was bought at Michael’s, except for the walnuts. Those I got at the grocery and Wal-Mart. The ones at Wal-Mart tended to be a tad smaller, so it was a good mix between the two in finding the right sizes to fit the trees.




If you get a chance to make a tree let me know how it turns out. It really is an easy and fun project, just watch out for that hot glue. I always forget how hot it actually is until it is all over my fingers. Ouch !

Here’s to the start of a merry holiday season.


Warm Regards,



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    Oh and by the way come back next week….you might be featured 😉

    • Leigh | 15th Dec 16

      Thanks Char. And I will be sure to return. Thanks for letting me be a part of your party.

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    Neat gift idea Leigh! Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Linkup!

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  8. Andrea | Messy Nest Mama | 12th Dec 16

    Leigh these are too cute! I have never seen this before but I love it!

    • Leigh | 15th Dec 16

      Thanks Andrea. I first made one with my mom a million years ago.

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  10. Jerri | 8th Dec 16

    What a nice idea! They look great! Thanks for linking up with us at Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.

    • Leigh | 8th Dec 16

      Thanks so much Jerri.

  11. Angelina Pob | 8th Dec 16

    This is lovely!!!! I have featured you as part of Thursday Favorite Things!

    • Leigh | 8th Dec 16

      Thank you so much Angelina.

  12. Heidi | 5th Dec 16

    Fun idea! This would make a great centerpiece for a party. Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday!

  13. Sahana | 5th Dec 16

    Cute idea. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty . We would love to have you again next week.

  14. Jann Olson | 1st Dec 16

    What a cute idea! I made peppermint trees last year as favors for a club party. I love the natural look of the walnuts! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Leigh | 2nd Dec 16

      Thank you Jann. I had fun making them and they remind me of my childhood. And as always, thank you for hosting SYC. I appreciate being able to share with your audience. Have a great holiday season.

  15. Regality (aka The Quing) | 30th Nov 16

    They sorta look like croquembouches.

    • Leigh | 1st Dec 16

      They do…especially when the glue strings were all over the place lol

  16. purpleslobinrecovery | 30th Nov 16

    How fun! I’ve never seen a walnut tree before! Oh duh, that sounds stupid! I’ve never seen a walnut Christmas tree before!
    how much did the nuts cost tho??

    • Leigh | 30th Nov 16

      I bought the walnuts at two different places. Food Lion and Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart bags were around $2.50 I think and the ones at Food Lion were more. Around $4.98 or so. It took 2 1/2 bags to do the largest cone. Thanks for visiting. Let me know if you make one and how it turns out. Happy Holidays.

  17. Christine @ | 29th Nov 16

    I used to see these years ago, so glad to see that you are still doing it. You styled yours in such a beautiful way, I just love it! Thanks so much for sharing this at the DI & DI Link party. We enjoyed having you and hope you made some new friends too. Have a great day!

  18. cynthia breece | 27th Nov 16

    Wonderful project…I love it and plan on making Walnut trees with my Granddaughter. I remember making maccaroni trees with my Grandmother. A charished memory.

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