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Nut Wreath with Steve Schirripa

The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009

Turn seasonal hard-shelled nuts into a festive wreath in just a few simple steps.

Get the Nut Wreath How-To.

Gilding
On "The Martha Stewart Show," Martha also gilded the nuts in shades of gold for an elegant effect.

Tools and Materials
Selection of nuts (Martha used walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and almonds.)
Size (gilding adhesive)
Flat-bristle paintbrush
Cooling rack
Mica powder in a selection of gold tones (Martha used Sunset Gold, Sparkle Gold, and Majestic Gold.)
Soft paintbrush or blush makeup brush

Gilding How-To
1. Paint nuts with size and place on cooling rack for about 25 minutes to develop proper tack. When the size has turned completely clear, nuts are ready to gild. Tip: Size will hold tack for more than 24 hours.

2. Gently brush mica powder on sized nuts, alternating shades of gold.

Resources
Size and Mica powder are available from Sepp Leaf Products. Wreath form is available from 3ringcircles.com.

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Comments (2)

  • harmony1 8 Nov, 2011

    I am just making this wreath now but I can tell you I have made pinecone/walnut swags in the past by drilling holes in the walnuts and stringing them on wire and they have lasted 15 years so far and no rotting. I keep them stored in a box in the garage the rest of the year. I love it because it goes from Thanksgiving to Christmas with just a change of ribbon color!

  • karma126 21 Oct, 2010

    I was wondering if anyone knows how long this wreath will last. Will the nuts go bad? Is there anything that I can use to seal it to preserve it?