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.
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.
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.
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.
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