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Project

Walnut Ornament

This distinctive ornament will make a festive decoration in your home.

Materials

  • 3 3/4-inch screw eye
  • 8-inch Styrofoam ball
  • Small pail
  • Gold floral spray
  • Walnuts
  • Low-melt glue gun
  • Cardboard box
  • Ribbon
  • Greenery, such as eucalyptus

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To assemble, insert a 3 3/4-inch screw eye into an 8-inch Styrofoam ball. Set in a small pail to keep it from rolling.

  2. Step 2

    Coat with gold floral spray.

  3. Step 3

    Affix walnuts using a low-melt glue gun.

  4. Step 4

    Coat the nuts twice with floral spray. Spray inside a box to avoid paint damaging your table.

  5. Step 5

    Add ribbon.

  6. Step 6

    Add greenery.

  7. Step 7

    Hang from screw eye.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2006

Reviews (4)

  • bikiniwithmartini 22 Nov, 2010

    This english walnut ornaments turned out so gorgeous. It's an easy project to do, although a bit time-consuming. Its great to do while watching t.v. TIP: I cut out step #2, spraying the styrofoam ball, when making the second ornament because the gold spray fills all the nooks and crevices sufficiently during step #4, spraying the ornament after the walnuts are in place.

  • RosesVancouver 6 Oct, 2010

    Do you use the whole nuts or do you need to take out the inside so it doesn't rot? I'm planning on making this as a gift for someone to keep for years-any thoughts?

  • sarah100200 11 Dec, 2008

    I used 4 pounds (!) of walnuts with approx 35 nuts/pound. (total=about 140). The walnuts were fairly pricey too. It's a lovely ornament but it's really, really big so if I were to do it again, I would make a smaller one with hazelnuts like Martha says in her video above. Our house is small and it looks very large hanging in the window. In my opinion, the 8" size would be more suited for a house with high ceilings, or larger windows.

  • joyousgard 29 Nov, 2008

    Des anyone have any idea how many walnuts this uses?