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Hazelnuts turned Mini Wreath Ornaments

It appears the past two weeks on here have been ornament week. Now it’s ornaments turned wreaths turned ornament wreaths. Would now be a terrible time to tell you I have another wreath craft coming up next month? The more Christmas crafts the better. I am going to teach you how to make these Hazelnuts turned Mini Wreath Ornaments.

How to transform Hazelnuts into Mini Wreath Ornaments


I made this craft back in 2013 and it since become one of the most stolen craft projects from my blog. Meaning that people either copy the images and use them on their sites, or copy the project, pretending it’s their own, and do not give me credit. Come on now people. The blogging world is not that big. At least do the courtesy of a proper linked credit if you’re going to be that way.

Ok. Back on topic. 

Ever since I saw this giant burlap bag of hazelnuts hanging out in my local Bulk Barn I thought to myself, “Why haven’t I done anything with them?” They completely remind me of my childhood where during Christmastime we would break out the nutcracker and go to town on them.

They look so much like acorns minus their cap, and acorn crafts are everywhere.  The poor neglected hazelnut. So I said let’s make some decorations.

I would just like to say in advance for those of you with peanut allergies, I apologize for this one.

I honestly debated whether or not to post this because I never want someone to feel like “I can’t do that” when they come here. If you read my blog you know I try very hard to do nut free treats and crafts for my kids to bring to school because I really try to put myself in the shoes of the students that never get a chance to eat the elusive classroom birthday cupcakes at school.

So if you can’t use hazelnuts, let this idea serve as an inspiration for making an ornament like this using another object such as marbles, pom poms, beads, etc. In fact, here’s one of mine that was featured in Apartment Therapy, using pom poms!

And it is SO easy.


I used a cleaned up pickle jar lid and put in one hazelnut.

I then used my glue gun to add glue to the side of the hazelnut, and glued an additional one next to it.

Repeated the steps until I had a full circle.


I then flipped it out of the lid, glue the last nuts together, added some yarn and bakers twine and that’s it.

Do you want to know who made the ones in the photos above?

My 6 year old. No joke.

Then her 3 year old sister picked them and decided to test how well glue gun glue holds things together.

The answer in case you want to take a crack at these (what a terrible nut joke), is that if you want them to last past one Christmas or a curious toddler, use a more permanent glue AND handle with care when hanging them. But for one year on the tree, this will do you just fine.

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  • Reply
    Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine
    November 27, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Very clever and lovely, as always.

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      December 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you Sue!

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    Amy | Love On Sunday Blog
    November 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

    You inspire me, lady. Love this, what a great idea!

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    November 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I pronounce you a genius.

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      December 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Again, can I have some of your live garland? It would save me from the epic mess of felt on my kitchen table right now.

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        December 6, 2019 at 11:33 pm

        Could you glue the nuts to the inside of the canning jar ring? Then they would last more than 1,season. Use a paint pen to put the year on them.

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    Time With Thea
    November 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I agree! It is genius! It also goes with your Scandinavian theme! ~Thea

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    November 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

    These are sweet Alex. I always buy nuts at Christmas because of childhood memories too but nobody really eats them around here 🙁 Now I know what to do with them!

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      December 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Uh send them over to me. I love hazelnuts. Come to think of it I think a hazelnut fudge baking disaster is in order.

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    Tara @ Suburble
    November 29, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I love that this is a kid-friendly craft! I’m definitely doing this with my kiddos. They LOVE all things Christmas and crafty! Pinned!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    December 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Oh my goodness… when I saw the cute photo for this I had no idea how you stuck the nuts together. Seriously, I had visions of you drilling them. I would’ve never guessed using a jar lid to getting a perfectly round wreath shape. It’s official… I’m good at overcomplicating things and you are good at making wreaths! I think that qualifies you for a US green card. 🙂

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      December 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Remember last year when you and I chatted about how chaotic Christmas gets? This year I swore that if I did any craft, it would have to be something I could do in under an hour. Though trust me I thought of the wire thing and then went oh right, Alex with a drill and a hazelnut, what could possibly go wrong?

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    December 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!! Seriously there is no craft you cannot master. I love it!

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    Julia @ FaveCrafts
    December 6, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Hi Alex, What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of DIY Christmas ornaments! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

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    November 4, 2015 at 10:44 am


    Do you know how many Christmas’ these will last? Do hazelnuts go mouldy?

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      November 18, 2017 at 12:31 am

      We made the Acorn Ornament for Christmas in the park but had a slight problem with them. We had a hard time finding a glue that adhere to them. After getting them together and ready to go to the park they fell apart. I used gorilla glue, super glue, gorilla hot glue sticks along with three other types of suppose to be bonding glue but it did not work. Do you have any suggestions. I would like to try it again next year.

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    November 18, 2017 at 12:28 am

    We made these Acorn ornament wreath for a Christmas in the Park. We had trouble with the glue holding them together. Purchased several times of how glue sticks as well as regular glue. Gorilla Glue, Regular hot glue for our guns. Liquid Gorilla glue, super glue, 357 glue nothing held them together. They turned out really nice but then they fell apart. What glue did you recommend for this project.

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