By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Create a whimsical tiny treasure box for your precious tiny trinkets.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Small Knife (Like a paring knife with a thin blade)
- Fabric, or Velvet Scraps
- Thin Ribbon
- Fabric Scissors
- Drill & 1/8 Drill Bit
- Hot Glue & Glue Sticks
To begin, insert the tip of your knife into the blunt end of your walnut. Carefully draw your knife around the crack of the walnut a little bit on one side, and then switch to the other side. Work back and forth, alternating sides, until your walnut pops apart. Go slow, and try not to twist the knife, so you don’t crack the shell.
Clean the nut out of your shell, and carefully use your knife to clean out any rough places.
Use your drill to make a little hole near the pointed tip of each walnut shell.
Cut two pieces of thin ribbon, each about 4-inches long. Cut one end of each piece into a point, and use that point to thread the ribbon through the hole in each nut shell. Pull most of the ribbon through the hole, and leave about a 1/2-inch tail inside the nutshell. Use your hot glue to attach the ribbon tail inside each nut shell.
To create a hinge for your box, cut a small rectangle of felt, about 1-inch by 1/4-inch. Glue one end inside one of the walnut shells in the blunt end of the nut. Glue the other end inside the blunt end of the other walnut shell.
To line the inside of your walnut box, cut a small oval of either felt, or fabric that is slightly larger than the diameter of your whole walnut. Press inside your shell to try the fit. Before you use hot glue to attach it inside your shell, use your scissors to make small snips around the edge of the fabric oval to help it lay flatter.
Apply hot glue to the inside of your shell, and then carefully push your fabric into the inside of the shell. Use the blunt end of a paintbrush, or pencil to help you push the fabric more firmly in place, and up under the top edge of the shell so you get a better fit. Cover the other side of the nut, as desired. I used a small scrap of lace.
Now place your tiny trinkets inside, and tie the ribbons together in a bow to secure. Alternately, you can slide the ends of the ribbon through the holes of a button, and then pull the button up and down the ribbons to close your box–be sure to knot the ends of the ribbon ties so the button doesn’t come off.
This would make a fun box to gift a pair of earrings, or a ring, or just to simply store your tiny treasures in!