Back when I was a kid, I remember making little nut mice with my siblings and my mom as a Christmas craft. I have a terrible memory, so to have something stick with me meant that it was worth remembering! I wanted to re-create that memory with my little girls, so we made our own Hazelnut mice ornaments, and you can too!
- Mixed Nuts, containing Whole, shelled walnuts and Hazelnuts
- Scrap fabric
- Polyester stuffing (tip: those cheap bed pillows at Walmart- under $3- are awesome for stuffing!)
- Glue Gun, Glue sticks
- Fine Point Sharpie Pen
- Brown Felt (not pictured)
- Brown Embroidery Floss or Yarn (not pictured either)
The first thing you are going to do is break the walnut in half, trying to preserve the shell as best as you can. I first gave it a whack along the seam, and then pried it apart with a butter knife. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
Next, pull out the actual nut and replace it with a tiny wad of polyester stuffing so it is nice and fluffy.
Glue a short piece of brown floss or yarn to one end of the walnut half, and then glue a small piece of fabric loosely over the top of the stuffing and floss piece. This is the little mouse tail!
On a Hazelnut, draw a little sleepy mouse face. Cut out little round ears from the felt, and make a loop with the floss or yarn for hanging the ornament.
Glue the hazelnut head to the walnut and the fabric so it looks like the little head is poking out of the covers. Glue on the ears, and finally the loop.
After your glue dries, hang your little nut mouse on your tree! Then make several more- I think we made 5 in one sitting, and with two little kids helping (not with the hot glue!), that is actually very productive.
These cute little guys can be given as gifts, too! You can personalize them even more by writing on the walnut shell whose little hands helped out.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you try these cute ornaments!