I am thankful for the first breath of life I took as I entered this world.
I am thankful for the one that gave me that life and chose two wise souls as my parents.
I am thankful for those two souls that gave it all for their children’s happiness and still do.
I am thankful for my siblings, a team of 5 who together have unique special bonds.
I am thankful for my childhood memories, the memories I am building and have yet to build.
I am thankful for having the wisdom to know who my soul mate was and accepting him as my partner for life.
I am thankful for our children as they are the essence of that love.
I am thankful for the life I live.
I am thankful for the health I enjoy.
I am thankful for this moment as it fills me with a grateful heart for all that I have.
I pray this grateful heart remains with me everyday.
Everyone has cracked open a fortune cookie before, but have you ever cracked open a Thankful Walnut?
I just wish I had thought of this idea myself, but this idea comes from an old BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine.
I thought you might enjoy it as much as I did….so let’s get cracking (sorry, I just had to!)
You will need:
Hot glue gun
Choose plump round walnuts
Carefully open the walnuts, making sure both sides are intact.
tip: with the tip of your knife, find the small opening on the top of
the walnut, gently wedge your knife in and slowly crack open
Write down or print out questions which will evoke
an answer about what your guests are thankful for.
ie. 1) What makes you thankful? 2) Look at the person to your right
and tell them why you are thankful for them in your life…etc.
Cut out the piece of paper, roll it and place inside walnut.
Attach a ribbon to the edge of the inside of the walnut
forming a loop and glue both halves back together
(I’m sorry I missed this picture)
Or simply glue the walnut back together and wrap a ribbon around it
You can place it next to the plate or wrap it as a napkin ring…
…or you can pin it to the back of their chair or hang it on a thankful tree.
Make it your own!
The walnuts can be cracked open with a nut cracker or if you have a low temperature glue gun, they will come open by pulling on the ribbon.
Can you picture the look of surprise in your guests’ face?
You can use this idea for Christmas instead of a Christmas cracker. You could place jokes or riddles or even tiny little toys inside…so many Craftberries!
I hope you enjoyed this Craftberry. I am always trying to cultivate new ideas to share with you and I appreciate your visits! For that I am also thankful!
The Three Sams says
SOOO cute! Love it. Very thought-provoking. We are spending Christmas at our own home for the first time since we were married. Now that we have a little boy, we want to start our own traditions but still hold on to the legacy our family started. Perhaps acorns are in the future for our Christmas?? 🙂
Lucy- I hadn’t seen that idea in years. I forgot all about it. That was quite the “thang” to do back in the 60’s for parties….and every once in a while you would get a “naughty” one…don’t ask…lol These would be great fun to do with the grands. Thank you! Hugs- Diana
Amy Bowman says
That is such a great idea, super duper cute!
Thanks for linking up to “AP Tuesdays!”
Moni and Bella Luna says
What a great idea. Your crafts are very unique and inspiring.
That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at my Strut Your Stuff Linky Party!
Desi Parker says
So cute..I have three pre-schoolers over tomorrow. I think we will make a thankful tree and hang walnuts with messages. Thanks for sharing. ~Desi
may i print this post? 🙂 i’d like to share it with my mom who doesn’t live near me. we had a walnut tree in our backyard (the home i grew up in) and we could have done pretty crafts with them! thank you 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing these. I’m including them in my Friday Favorites tomorrow!
These are just darling!.. too sweet!..
These are adorable nuts!! A “thankful” fortune in a shell-Love it!!
Oh I absolutely love this one too! Wonderful idea and gorgeous photos. I have never seen anything like it before and I am totally going to be trying this! 🙂
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says
What a neat idea! I love it- I think this is wonderful and love the whole presentation too! Thanks so much for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday~ love it! 🙂
The Tablescaper says
What a wonderful idea!! I’d love to have you join my weekly meme, Seasonal Sundays!
– The Tablescaper
Omi S. and her dog, Bender Oak Cannon says
Hi! Found you off of the Romantic Home blog. This is such a cute idea, and thanks for the little tutorial… Now I just gotta figure out how you got the white/green/yellow ribbon so perfectly tied/made into a bow on the walnut (I’m terrible with ribbon, lol!)
Happier Than a Pig in Mud says
This is really a neat idea, love it:@)
The Tablescaper says
Thanks so much for linking to Seasonal Sundays!
– The Tablescaper
Lovely idea! What kind of glue did you use?
Brittney's Blog says
i love this!
I love this idea!!
This is an amazing idea!
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