Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Retro Walnut Mouse

I have very fond memories of one of the ornaments that hangs on my Mom's tree: some little mice sleeping in walnut shells that my sister and I made when we were wee Girl Scouts.  I knew for sure I wanted to make some for my own tree, so I asked my Mom to send me a picture of them so I could re-create them. 

Well...maybe my memory is failing or maybe I like to look at the world through rose-colored glasses, but apparently those cute, sweet little mice actually look like this:

Umm...not exactly how I'd pictured them.
I mean, these guys have probably been around for almost twenty years, so they're probably a little worse for wear. But I have a feeling that they were never quite what I remember anyway. 

So this ornament is a little bit of an improvement, but the new version is definitely sweet and cute.

You will need
  • A walnut
  • A filbert (also known as a hazelnut)
  • Some fabric and felt scraps
  • A cotton ball
  • A sharpie
  • A rubber band
  • A hot glue gun
Start by cracking open a walnut.  You can feel free to eat the walnut.  Unless, of course, you're allergic to nuts.  In which case you might want to skip this ornament altogether.  Warning: this ornament contains nuts!

Next, get a filbert.  I guess these are actually called hazelnuts, but I only even knew them as filberts.  In fact, I've always called my little mouse Philbert in honor of his head.  Anyway, get the nut.  Draw a face.

Then glue a cotton ball into the walnut shell.  Cut a chunk out of a rubber band for the tail and glue it to the bottom of the walnut shell.

 Glue a scrap of cute Christmas fabric over the cotton ball to make a blanket.

 Then put the filbert in place.

 To make the hat, take a half-circle of felt...

 ...and glue it into a cone shape.

 Glue on the hat, ears, and a loop of pretty thread, and Philbert will be ready for your tree!


  1. This is so cool, absolutely love this little guy haha, awesome decoration once again Lisa!

    1. Thanks! I think he's definitely one of my favorites. I'm so glad to finally have one for my tree.

  2. Too cute!
    This reminds me of several sleeping mice I made probably 25 years ago...

    Merry Christmas to the whole Spaghetti Family!

    1. So cute, Toqua! I love your baby mice! Something about those little guys tucked up in their walnut shells is just too perfect. Merry Christmas to you, too.