Monday, November 14, 2011


Already? Lots of Made-in-China decorations in the stores. Christmas music on the radio.

What's a girl to do?

Start in on the Christmas crafting of course by making some walnut shell jingle bell ornaments.
The Boy loves these. They jingle softly when you shake them. They're natural, beautiful, and simple.

You can buy these at my Etsy store, Green Baboon Designs.

Or...make your own. Carefully open up a walnut (we use a butter knife to pry open the shell), and remove the meat. Place a small jingle bell inside one of the empty halves and use glue (white or super glue, depending on how little the hands are that are helping) to glue the two halves back together. But don't forget to add your ribbon loop before closing it shut.

And remember....

Simple Mama


  1. I am learning to do crafts and how they can be a personal and yet inexpensive gift. I will check out your Etsy store.

  2. Debbie - we have a handmade rule in our home. Gifts aren't all handmade, but many are - and we find we treasure them that much more.

  3. awesome idea and beautifully executed!