free plans: how to make a
Walnut Shell Case
||This walnut shell case secretly houses a small gift, note, or poem. As we describe
in the plan below, you simply crack open an inshell (or whole) walnut, remove the nut meat, insert a small
item and glue the shell back together. Surprisingly, with a little care and practice, you can create
a secretive walnut case that looks and feels like a completely unaltered walnut. This makes for an intriguing
gift or party favor and is perhaps best given along with a nutcracker. Read on for a thorough description and several ideas.
With a little creativity, you can do many things with these
walnut shell cases. You can
insert a poem, a fortune, movie tickets, or a photo. You can also tear paper-based inserts
into several pieces that are put into separate walnut shells: the recipient will have
to piece them together. How about good luck charm, a coin, or paper money.
If a few people are sharing a special occasion, you can give a bunch of these shells and let them
alternate choosing and opening shells. Many photograph developing shops are providing photo-jigsaw-puzzle
services. You provide a photo or printed sheet and they return a jigsaw puzzle of the photograph: you can
put each individual piece in its own shell. Make sure that the pieces are small enough to fit within
your batch of walnuts!
You may want to think about the significance of the act of removing a shell (becoming more open, honest and
forthcoming) and tie it in with the poem
you include. We made a nutcracker holder made out of oiled walnut wood, then threaded some twine through a drilled
hole in the holder. We tied knots at each end of the twine and glued the shells around the knots with
half of a poem in each. See the image on the right.
You can give a special stuffed walnut along with a group of ordinary walnuts; the recipient
would have to try opening many of them before discovering the unique one. If you do
this you may have to experiment with putting some extra weight inside so that the embellished
walnut feels real. We have incorporated this concept into our
treasure hunt project.
Walnut shells also make a great party favor that your guests will only discover the contents
when they return home: it can be as simple as a note reminding them of the gathering. Or for a joke, you can fit an almond or peanut inside (as shown on the right); you'll get
some surprising reactions. If you have any additional ideas, please let us know.