Wednesday 4 December 2013

Walnut Mice

It twas the night before Christmas,

And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a…walnut?!?

Oh, ha ha! I meant a mouse.

Or did I?

My month-long Caker Christmas celebrations continue with this squeaklingly fun Christmas craft. Alls you need are walnuts, five minutes and a vision. Oh, and googly eyes.

Here’s how you make them:

1) Buy some walnuts. Make sure they’re still in the shell. Otherwise, your mice will look weird.

2) Take something sharp and split open the walnuts.

3) Scrape out the nuts and reserve for your next batch of Church Windows. Or mix with vanilla ice cream, top with maple syrup and serve to a senior. They go bonkers for maple walnut ice cream.

4) Glue some googly eyes onto the shell, along with a pompom for a nose and two for the ears. Take a pipe cleaner and twist it around your finger. Then glue the tail to the back of the shell.

It’s that easy! If you really want to get creative, put some wires in the nose for whiskers. Or make a miniature Santa Claus hat. Or a smart little pantsuit. The sky’s the limit!

See you back here on Friday for a tree-tastic recipe.


  1. An artistic triumph! (though I really would like to see the little pantsuit.)

    1. I tried making the pantsuit, but dang, polyester is hard to work with on that scale.

  2. I just had a flashback of my dad pounding walnuts open with his fist in some sort of 70's machismo move, or maybe it was just to intimidate his son in law, but anyway-how great would it have been to slam a few of these against the coffee table? The phrase, "table piñata" is coming to mind, but then they'd need something inside.

    1. Holy cow. Who was your dad? Hulk Hogan? I like the pinata idea, only I don't think you'd be able to put more than two M&Ms inside and what a letdown that would be.

  3. I made these at Girl Guides back in the day!

    1. I don't remember making these in Cubs. In fact, I don't remember making anything in Cubs. Girl Guides got all the fun.