Santa Mouse Ornament

Santa Mouse Ornament
This week I was able to recreate a craft from my childhood.  For as long as I can remember one of these adorable Santa Mice have hung from our Christmas tree.  My sister was kind enough to bring me hers so I could make some for my family’s tree.

Materials Needed:
Walnut Half Shells
Felt (gray, red, black)
cotton balls
black thread
small googly eyes


First clean out your walnut shells.  It was necessary for me to sacrifice one half of each shell in order to extract a complete half of a shell.  You may be a better nut cracker than me though ;)

Cut a length of ribbon for the hanger.  Glue the ends together.  Cut a triangle from the red felt.  Glue two sides together, with the hanger inside, to make the Santa hat.

Glue to the top of the walnut.  Make sure to leave enough room at the front of the walnut for the nose, whiskers, and eyes.

Unroll the cotton ball and pull out a length of cotton to use for Santa’s hat.  Glue the cotton around the base of the hat covering up the seam between the felt and the walnut.

This is what your Santa Mice should look like at this point:

Pull off another small amount of cotton and glue it to the top of the Santa hat.

Time for the nose and eyes.  Cut out a small circle from the black felt.  Cut lengths of black thread for the whiskers.  Glue on to the tip of the walnut.  Glue on googly eyes.

Cut out small ears from the gray felt and glue on.  Trace the bottom of the walnut onto the gray felt and cut out.  Cut out the body shape and a tail at the same time.

Glue onto the bottom of the walnut and you’re done!

I made four little mice for our family and Bryce hung them on the tree for me today.  Aren’t they cute??

Santa Mouse Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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  1. So darling! Must go find some walnuts! Squeak squeak! I’m pinning this…

  2. Oh my those are just the cutest little mice. Love them.


  3. @Cheryl Thanks Cheryl! Don’t forget the nutcracker! (Actually I used some tools from the garage ;) )

  4. @Karan Thank you! My son just moved them to his little tree in his room :) He likes them!

  5. Too stinkin’ cute! Love these! Would you link them up?

  6. So cute! My grandmother use to make some like these. I would love it if you would link up at Thank you!

  7. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  8. That is super cute- Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

  9. I love this! It reminds me of my childhood too. thank you for sharing :) Stopping by from the Southern Institute linky

  10. @Megan I sure haven’t but it sounds like I need to! Thanks for letting me know about them and have fun with the craft. Merry Christmas!

  11. so cute love them thanks for sharing come see what I shared at

  12. what a cute idea.. have such a fun I am your newest follower!! If you would like to follow me to that would be so wonderful! I actually have a giveaway going on right now. So you will have to check it out. Its $70.00 worth of mineral makeup…


  13. Thank you for sharing them at Sharing Saturday, Trish! Merry Christmas!

  14. Okay you are just full of some AMAZING ideas… This little guy just takes the CAKE!!!! he is ADORABLE.. :) be sure to share this one too

  15. Cuteness to the max! I love it!!!! Cute little mouse. We’d love for you to share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays.

  16. My kids are going to love this. I have to show it to them and I’m sure they are going to want to make these. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  17. These are so cute!

  18. Just adorable! Thanks for the tut!

  19. Cute! My kids would love this!

  20. Love these! Pinned them to my Crafts board on Pinterest. Second pin this morning from your lovely blog. So glad I discovered your blog through Sunday Showcase. Am going to subscribe so that I will get your daily posts.
    Have a great day!

  21. These look really cute! I would love it if you shared you Santa Mouse here:

  22. Adorable. I’ll have to make these next year with my son! So stinking cute! Thank you for sharing!

  23. These are so cute! I have a couple to hang on my tree each year, too, that have been hung many times before.

  24. Very cute, and these are the only mice I would like in my house xo

  25. Very cute! To make walnuts easier to crack right in half without breakage, put them in a low heat oven for 20-30 minutes. That dries out that membrane that holds the 2 halves together. I have great luck using this method.

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