It's Day 2 of our 25 Days of HOT HOLIDAY HINTS celebration. Today's hint is a fun craft tradition from author London Saint James. Leave London a comment to be entered to win a $5 gift certificate!
The Victorians often decorated their Christmas trees with gilded fruit and nuts. Fortunes were sometimes inserted to be found on Christmas morning!
When I was a kiddo, I helped my grandmother with this tradition and you can make this charming tradition your own too.
What you will need to create this Victorian inspired decoration.
- Sharp knife
- Butter knife or skewer
- Gold paint
- 1/8 -inch-wide ribbon
- Tacky glue
How to make it:
- Open each walnut. You may want to use a sharp knife and place it into the top of the shell. Push the knife gently into the seam until you can cleanly break the halves apart. (You should have extra walnuts on hand as a few may break unevenly.)
- Clean the meat out of the shell halves.
- Paint the outside of the shells gold.
- Set painted shells aside to dry.
- Write hopes for the coming year, such as "love" or "happiness," on small strips of paper, roll them into scrolls, and tie them with ribbon.
- For each walnut hanger, cut a 5-inch length of ribbon and glue it to the top inside edge of a shell half.
- Place a scroll inside and glue the halves back together with a very thin bead of glue. Firmly press the walnut halves together for about 15 seconds, then allow the glue to dry before hanging the ornament on the tree.
- Your family and guests can break open the walnuts with a nutcracker or hammer to gain their Good Fortunes on Christmas.
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