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Crafting with walnuts: Cute animals for kids that are easy to make and are sure to please your little ones!

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Crafting with walnuts is something that many have fond memories of from their childhood – in traditional German crafting, walnuts, oranges and other edible things are used to make fun little decorations. We present some craft ideas below.

Walnut penguin DIY

Walnut penguins are a great little decoration for autumn

Materials needed:

Acrylic paints (blue, white and black)
Posca pen in pink
A little felt
A knife
Yarn for hanging

How to make walnut penguin:

The most important thing to do with this craft is to split your walnut first. Walnuts are actually much easier to split cleanly than you think. It doesn’t always work out 100% of the time, but you can still use a “broken” walnut because eventually you’ll glue it back together.

  • Take something sharp (a small kitchen knife is perfect).
  • Stick it into the bottom of the walnut and gently push it down. FOR ADULTS ONLY!
  • You may need to move the knife back and forth a bit to split the walnut in half. Don’t rush it and don’t force it. Usually you get 2 perfect halves! Occasionally you’ll be left with a little lip, but like I said, it doesn’t matter because you’ll glue it all back together later.
  • Scrape out the inside and nibble!
  • Now it’s time to put the walnut halves back together to form a walnut plus add the baker’s twine for hanging! Don’t forget to add it!
  • Put glue on one edge of the walnuts.

Learn how to make walnut penguin

  • Move the knotted baker’s twine into position. For the penguins, the string should be at the pointy end of the walnut for hanging. Put a little more glue on the second walnut (especially on the end of the hanging thread). Press the halves together. Wipe off the excess glue.
  • Paint the entire walnut the penguin color you want. Blue is good, but black, purple and light blue look great too!
  • You can always paint the walnut halves first before gluing them back together if you find that easier!
  • Let dry completely.
  • Once dry, add a little white belly, black eyes, and rosy cheeks. Let dry.
  • Cut out a small beak and lining – you can use yellow felt for this, but you can also use fabric, paper or cardboard. Glue the pieces on.

Ladybug crafts for kids.

Crafting with walnuts - colorful and fun DIY projects for kids

Materials needed:

Walnut halves
Paint (red and black)
Glitter paint (red)
Glitter eyes

Craft Instructions:

  • Paint 3/4 of the walnut half with red paint. The small, unpainted area is for the ladybug’s face. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  • Paint red glitter paint over the red paint. Allow this to dry completely as well.
  • When the red paint has dried, paint the front of the shell with black paint and add some black dots on the red shell.
  • Glue the two googly eyes to the black area. Let everything dry again. So you have these cute ladybugs ready!

Make cute owls out of walnuts

Crafting with walnuts - cute animals for kids that are easy to make

Materials per owl:

one whole walnut
googly eyes
Felt scraps
PVA glue
Ribbon, if needed

How to make walnut owl ornaments:

  • First you need to chop and hollow out the walnuts. Then insert a ribbon for hanging and glue them back together.
  • The kids can choose the colors of felt for the circles and the wings, cut them out and glue them on.
  • Glue on the googly eyes. These walnut owls with ribbons are a great little decoration for fall . This is how fun and exciting it can be for kids to craft with walnuts!

Crafting with walnuts: Make your own reindeer

Crafting with walnuts - making reindeer with the kids

Materials needed:

One walnut
Brown felt (or brown paper)
Red mini pom-pom (or a red button or red felt)
Ribbon for hanging
Black pen


  • First, you need to split the walnut.
  • Clear out your walnut (and eat it! Nice and healthy).
  • Cut out a pair of reindeer antlers. You can do this freehand.
  • Put glue on the edge of the walnut. Position the antlers and string for hanging.
  • Bring the walnut halves together and hold them in place. Smooth out the excess glue with your finger.
  • Glue on the pom-pom nose. And paint on the eyes. Googly eyes look fun too!
  • Your reindeer ornaments are now ready!