You will need the half shell of a cracked walnut. You will have to be careful to crack the shell down the middle to use it for your ornament. Take out all the nuts and fiber inside of the shell. (If you feel the nut shell is too small, you can substitute a regular jar lid of any size that is metal. Just make sure there are no sharp edges. The jar lids can be edged with thin ribbon that you can glue on them. You can use plastic lids but they are hard to paint. Use a red one and glue your paper inside. A child can paint or draw a picture in it. You can also put a round picture of your child in them.)
You will need a gold jar of paint. Paint the outside of the nut shell and the edges. You can spray paint them too, but if you hand paint it the shell will be covered better. If you don't want to paint anything on the inside of the nut shell you should paint the inside gold also. You can also use silver paint and silver cord. These can be painted other colors and you can glitter them. The ideas are endless.
You will need gold cording that you can buy in the craft store.
After the painted nut shell is completly dry, use a needle or a sharp item and poke a little hole in the top of the shell. Put the cord through and knot it. You will then be able to hang the ornament.
Now the fun part. You can paint, inside the cupped part of the nut shell with acrylic paint, a little scene if you are talented in that way. You can glue a magazine miniature scene in it if you like.
Buy some miniature deer, angels or whatever strikes your fancy and glue it in the front of the cupped part of the shell. You can find small artificial flowers and glue them on the top of thenut shell if you like, but they must be very small. If you or your child is talented, you can make miniature characters from fimo clay to glue in the shell. Use your imagination!
When you are done, you will have charming little ornaments that really don't cost a lot to make.
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