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Friday Fun, for kids

Simple crafts for family, classroom and group craft time
 
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Sweet Strawberries from Walnuts

A little nutty!
Sweet strawberries made from walnuts
What you will make:

Make strawberries from walnuts in the shell that are painted red. This is a quick and easy project that both kids and adults will have fun doing! The strawberries can be used as decorations on gifts or around the house, and make a wonderful gift to brighten anyone's day.

Go beyond walnut strawberries and make strawberries from almonds and blueberries from hazelnuts. Get creative!

This craft is well-suited for family, group or classroom craft time and takes very little preparation by the adult or teen leader.

Here's what you need:
  • Walnuts in the shell (one per strawberry)
  • Green felt
  • Thin ribbon or string, green is best
  • Optional: Almonds in the shell
  • Scissors
  • White glue (P.V.A.) or strong craft glue
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black permanent marker

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

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Before you start
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.
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How to Make Sweet Strawberries from Walnuts

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Gather the materials needed to make your walnut strawberries. If you are doing this project with a group of children or adults, pre-cut the 2" (5 cm) felt squares. To make the craft go faster, paint the walnuts in advance.

Step 2: Paint Walnuts

Paint as many walnuts as you want strawberries, and set aside to dry.

Step 3: Cut Felt

Cut a 2" (5 cm) square of green felt to make a leaf cap for each strawberry. For a simple cap, cut a cross shape from the felt.

For a more leaflike look, fold the square in quarters. Hold the corner with the folds, and use your scissors to round the two adjacent corners. Open the folded felt to reveal four leaves. Use your scissors to smooth the leaves, if needed.

Fold the leaf cap in half and make a small snip in the center for the "stem."

Step 4: Glue Stem and Leaf Cap

Cut an 8" to 12" length of ribbon or string for each strawberry. This is the "stem" and hanger for the strawberry. Double the ribbon or string and glue the cut ends onto the walnut. If possible, push the cut ends into the walnut's center crack.

Push the loop end of the ribbon or string through the slit you made in the leaf cap. Push the leaf cap down, and use a drop of glue on the back of each leaf to adhere it to the top of the walnut.

Step 5: Finish

Use the black marker to add small dots or dashes that look like the seeds on the outside of a strawberry.

That's it! Aren't these strawberries sweet?
Sweet strawberries made from walnuts

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