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

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.

Comments (2)

Anonymous
November 8, 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!
Anonymous
October 21, 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?