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Sweet Strawberries 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.

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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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.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Katharine Charlotte L. of Sydney, Australia for sharing this craft idea with Aunt Annie's Craft Exchange in 1996.

Two walnut strawberries with hangers

Tip: Walnut strawberries make terrific ornaments. Make several, and use them to decorate wreaths or your Christmas tree.

Three walnut strawberries in a bowl with hazelnut blueberries

Tip: For a table decoration, fill a small bowl with walnut strawberries. You might also add some blueberries made by painting hazelnuts blue!

Almond strawberries decorating a gift box

Tip: The strawberries make terrific gift decorations. For smaller boxes and packages, make almond strawberries just like the walnut strawberries, but start with a smaller square of felt for the leaves.

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