Is it me or has salt become the new wine? It used to be a zillion kinds of wine and just plain table salt. Now it seems that there are as many varieties of salts. Table salt is derisively called "popcorn salt" taking a back seat to kosher salt, sea salt, black lava salt, pink salt, etc. etc. So I guess we'd better take it seriously and make room on the Turkey Day table.
Download the template for the salt spoons here. Trace around it with a Sharpie onto a piece of number 6 plastic (available as take out container lids). * note - you can use Shrinky Dink plastic.
Cut out. Sand one side of the spoon to remove the pen lines and make the plastic opaque.
Place the spoon in a 300 degree oven or use a heat gun to shrink. The plastic shrinks about 50 percent in less than a minute.
Trace around a small leaf on an autumn-colored piece of card stock. (If you don't have suitable leaves, download a pattern here.) Cut out.
The hardest part of this project is to crack the walnuts into perfect halves. The best way to achieve this is to buy older walnuts that show signs of cracking already. (My grocery stores have boxes of nuts in the produce departments) Otherwise, you might have some luck if you bake the nuts in a low oven for several hours. (If you microwave, use low power at short intervals and watch like a hawk otherwise your kitchen will smell horrible - don't ask me how I know)
To break the walnut in half, place the end of a table knife or a straight screw driver in the crack and twist slightly.You will probably only get one intact half so buy extras.
Squeeze a small dollop of hot glue onto the fattest part of the walnut shell half. Glue onto the leaf, holding it upright and level until the glue sets. Fill with salt.
If you're a discerning hostess and have some time between brining the turkey and making homemade marshmallows for the sweet potato casserole, you can write your guests' names on the paper leaves and use as place cards.