Monday, December 2, 2013

25 Days of #HotHolidayHints: Day 2 with London Saint James

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!

 Christmas Good Fortune Golden Walnut

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.
  • Walnuts
  • Sharp knife
  • Butter knife or skewer
  • Paintbrush
  • Gold paint
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • 1/8 -inch-wide ribbon
  • Tacky glue
How to make it:
  1. 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.)
  2. Clean the meat out of the shell halves.
  3. Paint the outside of the shells gold.
  4. Set painted shells aside to dry.
  5. 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.
  6. For each walnut hanger, cut a 5-inch length of ribbon and glue it to the top inside edge of a shell half.
  7. 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.
  8. Your family and guests can break open the walnuts with a nutcracker or hammer to gain their Good Fortunes on Christmas.
Happy Holidays!

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Margaret Hughes said...

Love the "Christmas Good Fortune Golden Walnut" idea! What a wonderful memories you must have spending time with your grandmother making these! Thanks for sharing!

Molly Wishlade said...

I LOVE this! I want to create little traditions with my own kids so I'm going to have a go! Thanks! :)

amy bowens said...

Sounds like a great tradition to start. My kids would love to do this! Thanks for the great idea and I have read this book and I loved it!

angieia said...

That is really neat and an awesome idea!

S.J. Maylee said...

What a cool idea! :D

Kaylyn D said...

That is a very cool idea! I loved the Crimson Rope! It was such a hot book!

Jenni Jacobs said...

I like the idea of using walnuts! I love to eat them and now I have something to do with the shells! Thanks!

elaing8 said...

WOW what a great idea. I will have to try it.

Jessica Hale said...

wow i don't think i've heard of this one before.


Kim Pinch said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it.

Vanessa N. said...

This sounds like fun. I definitely need to try it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Dee Little said...

I might try these with the daughter!

Great idea!

Iyana Jenna said...

That's so cute!