walnut boat DIY

August 4, 2010

One of our favorite things from Meredith’s Play Outside party was definitely the walnut boats.  So we’re thrilled that Meredith is sharing with us how easy and fun they were to make.


  • Halved and cleaned walnut shells
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • A white candle
  • Scissors
  • Decorative tape, such as Japanese Washi Tape

1.       Light candle and drip wax about ¼ of the way up the inside of each empty walnut shell.

2.       Insert a wooden toothpick into the center of the wax.  The wax dries pretty quickly, so go ahead and do this just as soon as you’ve finished filling the shell with wax.  Don’t worry, it’ll stay up.  Let the wax dry completely, 5 minutes or so.

3.       Wrap decorative tape around the toothpick mast and cut to shape to form little flags.

4. And done!

And a favor idea – personalize one of the flags with small stickers in the initial of your guests. Love that!


katie on August 4, 2010:

Oh my gosh these are awesome! I had an “Ahoy it’s a boy!” party a few weekends ago and these would have been awesome.

Stephanie on August 4, 2010:

Very simple, yet very clever. Thanks for posting the DIY. Her photos are lovely too!

dearjoeloverosie on August 4, 2010:

what a fantastic idea! these are so super cute! :O

Tiffany on August 6, 2010:

What fun! I think we’ll make some to float down the little streams that appear out of nowhere during all our afternoon thunderstorms. Thanks for the idea and instructions!

Anna on August 26, 2010:

Thanks for the great idea! I just used this to make boats to float on top of jello at a sailboat party! They turned out darling!

Bridgett on September 12, 2010:

So SO SO CUTE! Cant wait to do these with my little one! Hope its ok that I linked to this on my site!

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urban craft on September 20, 2010:

this will be an awesome new favorite. Not sure how they will hold up at bathtime though. Thanks!

Hip Hip Hooray on September 20, 2010:

thanks for the comment! we love it too! we’re told they actually hold up really well..if you make it we’d love to know what you think! : )

Kathir on September 22, 2010:

It’s cool stuff. Really great idea.

Mari on September 23, 2010:

These are so wee and adroable they make me squeal! Such a great, classic project. I added it to my link roundup for the week over at my blog, small for big.
Thanks so much for sharing it!

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I am organizing a class reunion and we are doing a beach them!

I am going to find away to add these in!! Super cute! Thanks for sharing!

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