Because Thanksgiving should really be about the food, I like to keep decor simple but colorful. This color-blocked walnut garland adds a bright, textured touch to any mantle, table or chair back.
Things You’ll Need
- Jumbo walnuts
- Spray paint
- Large embroidery needle
- Cotton string or baker’s twine
In a well-ventilated area, spray paint your walnuts. Spray one side of them, let them dry for a few hours and then spray the other side. Then let them dry completely, according to the can’s instructions.*
Thread your needle with twine. Insert the needle into the bottom of a walnut and push in as far as it will go.
Turn the walnut upside down on a hard surface and lightly tap the top of the needle with a hammer until it breaks through the other side of the walnut.
Pull the needle through and repeat with as many walnuts as desired. To create the color block look I have here, alternate your colors without creating a specific pattern.
Display the walnut string down the center of your dinner table, on a fireplace mantle or anywhere your home may need a little pop of Thanksgiving color. If an anchor isn’t available (such as a curtain rod, fireplace hook or other place for tying) you can use temporary adhesive hooks.
*Note: Do not eat the nuts after spray painting the shells.
All Photos: Kelly Lanza