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Nutty 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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2009

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

steps

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. Tie ribbon around wreath.

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