Walnut Half Shells
Felt (gray, red, black)
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.
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??
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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.
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Okay I simply have to try this 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!
Very cute, and these are the only mice I would like in my house xo
These are so cute! I have a couple to hang on my tree each year, too, that have been hung many times before.
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
I just love mine! They add a bit of nostalgia to our tree each year 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Noreen!
Chatty Chics says
Adorable. I’ll have to make these next year with my son! So stinking cute! Thank you for sharing!
Julie Huston says
These look really cute! I would love it if you shared you Santa Mouse here:
The Sunshine Crew says
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!
Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says
Cute! My kids would love this!
Just adorable! Thanks for the tut!
Artsy VaVa says
These are so cute!
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.
Lindsi B says
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. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-4-3-weeks-long-for.html