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Nut Wreath

Autumn is harvest season for almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts. But there's no need to squirrel them away for winter. Celebrate their abundance with this festive decoration. Use any hard-shelled nuts, including acorns you gather from your own backyard.
Martha Stewart Living, November 2009

 

Autumn is harvest season for almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts. But there's no need to squirrel them away for winter. Celebrate their abundance with this festive decoration. Use any hard-shelled nuts, including acorns you gather from your own backyard.

Tools and Materials
Hot-glue gun
2 bags (1 pound each) walnuts in the shell
24-inch flat wooden wreath form
1 bag (1 pound) each almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans in the shell
Wide ribbon

Nut Wreath How-To

Hot-glue walnuts to a 5-inch-long segment of 1 side of wreath form, varying direction of nuts.

Fill spaces between walnuts with the other nuts, hot-gluing them to the form and the walnuts as you work.

Repeat, working in sections, to cover the wreath form completely. Be sure to adhere nuts to inner and outer edges of wreath form to conceal it entirely.

Tie ribbon around wreath.

 

Comments (17)

  • toddym 5 Nov, 2011

    After the Thanksgiving holiday, I'm going to spray paint this wreath with a metallic, maybe add some sparkle with glitter and change the bow for the Christmas holiday! Love it.

  • Sherylann55 5 Nov, 2011

    Thanks craftycurious. I made a wreath last year with ornaments and used hot glue. They started falling off when it got cold. Will use this idea this year.

  • kalamazootx 21 Oct, 2011

    word of caution...if you decide to acorns or some nut that has fallen off trees and lying on the ground, they may contain worms. I used acorns in a fall decoration last year and during our Thanksgiving meal they were crawling all over the place...not good!!! I would suggest using storebought or figure out a way to rid the nut of worms first!

  • sisterschism 30 Nov, 2010

    Several years ago, II made much smaller ones around one of those green plastic candle holders for wreaths. They look really great.

  • craftycurious 4 Nov, 2010

    Unfortunately hot glue will release if it is exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. Use a good glue like E6000. Add the E6000 then hot glue it on to hold it til the E6000 dries. Available at all craft

  • lanesluvbunnies 4 Nov, 2010

    We made these last year on smaller forms, put a mirror under and placed a hurricane shade in the middle with a pillar candle as center pieces for Thanksgiving, everyone loved them, add a few fall leaves and some fall colored glitter on the tables and WOW...

  • antiquewoman 4 Nov, 2010

    It is lovely however I think it would best to use faux nuts, maybe plastic. The wreath would then be lighter in weight. The fact that nuts are expensive and a great source of real food bothers me, that is wasteful. If put that on my door, the animals would have a field day...lol

  • diannia50 4 Nov, 2010

    To hang this kind of wreath, I use a large magnet door hanger, if you have a steel door that is. Also if you have a glass storm door, you can use the magnets by placing one on the inside of the glass and the other against the magnet on the outside of the door, it usually takes two people to do this, so it can be lined up.
    The magnets are available at Pat Catans and other craft stores.

  • oggiedoggie2 19 Sep, 2010

    Wreath forms are available on line at 3 Ring Circles http://www.3ringcircles.com

  • sdkrause 4 Dec, 2009

    I completed this wreath and it looked great. Unfortunately, after a few days of having on my front door, the hot glue adhesive stopped working and the nuts started to come loose. Any suggestions? I'd hate to toss the whole thing in the garbage!

  • MandaRi 20 Nov, 2009

    Does anyone have an suggestions as to how to hang this? I don't want to put a nail in my door, but I don't think a wreath hanger will work...

  • FLdeb 14 Nov, 2009

    You can find them at Pearl fine art supplies if you have one in your area

  • kjmdeal 9 Nov, 2009

    where do you buy "size" and the mica for the gold color?

  • Partyof52004 9 Nov, 2009

    It is in the aisle at Michaels with the foam floral wreath forms :) good luck!

  • Partyof52004 9 Nov, 2009

    I got my wreath at Michaels...about 4.99

  • gaildorsey 8 Nov, 2009

    I am having a hard time finding a flat wood wreath base...any suggestions, I've checked online to no avail Thanks

  • MarthaandMeBlogger 8 Nov, 2009

    I made this and really was surprised at how well it turned out and how easy it was. You can see my results and read about it here http://marthaandme.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/martha-mondays-nut-wreath/