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Salted Nuts

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.

81 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Orrr...you could just buy popcorn salt and pass the shaker!>)

Love your idea though-it is really cute! I dunno how you come up with all these little crafty things...are you staying up all night thinking these things up? Hugs- Diana

Alison said...

This would be a fun project for the kids (maybe needing a bit of help with the nuts). Thanks for sharing!

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High Street Cottage said...

I love this! I have several collectible salt cellars, and I thought I'd seen the nut shell ones in a magazine one year, but the spoons are new to me. I love the two of them together, what a wonderful project and so creative for the dinner table. I have the honor of visiting you from Coastal Charm's link party, xoxo tami

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Sorry it was House of Grace's link party:)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

So very very clever. Thank you for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest.

Emma's Lunch said...

This is so cute! I love it... I have to try to make it myself!

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creativejewishmom/sara said...

wow, lots of great ideas in this one little salty project! shrinking plastic plate shapes alone has got my gears turning! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you!

Jan said...

A wonderful idea!

shopannies said...

love this idea it would be something that would make the family get together better

Bella said...

Totally cool project. You really do amaze me. The spoon is so cute!!

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What a cute little idea!
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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great project and thanks for sharing it at my party. Could you please add a link back to the party so others will find it.

Nikki said...

Super cute! Thanks so much for linking it up at gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Melissa said...

That is great! I love this idea. I love the look of natural looking things. Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

LV said...

You have taken parts of the natural world and turned into the real one. Nice post and blog.

Coloradolady said...

What a cute idea, I really think this is adorable. Happy VTT!

House Revivals said...

This is a really cute idea, and very humorously written!

Vonlipi said...

Very crafty!

I just might try it one day :)

Tara Beaulieu said...

What a cute little idea! I think the kids might have fun with something like this (supervised with the oven, of course!) Happy VTT and thanks for sharing your clever tutorial!

Suzy said...

Very cute!! Love the little spoon!

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JEANNE said...

Very clever and I love the end result. I am not a crafty person, but I really appreciate the work in it. It is like the old fashioned salts. So cute.
Hugs, Jeanne

Sally Annie Magundy said...

I love this post, so much fun! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial with us.

Happy VTT,
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racheld said...

How charming! Does the heat somehow cause the spoon to CUP, or is it still flat?

Shelia said...

This is so cute! I love this!
Thanks for sharing.
Be a sweetie,
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Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

Wow, that is smart!! I am super impressed. I know your Thanksgiving guests will be impressed

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Another super creative idea! I have to admit, I've never seen a project where you melt plastic to make a utensil. Clever!

Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

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Your blog is brilliant. I'm so glad I found you today. I can't imagine that you would have time to read the ENORMOUS number of comments you receive and still have time to make the fabulous things you do... but I bet you do. x

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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~
Great idea and super charming~ love it!! You have some really neat ideas over here and I enjoy seeing your link ups to Feathered Nest Friday party! :)

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Brenda Kula said...

Well, isn't this just the cutest idea!
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Vanessa said...

What a totally cute idea! Very creative and clever! Thanks so much for linking it up to the party this week!
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BettyBee said...

Very clever! Thanks for sharing with us at BettyBeesBuzz.blogspot.com !! This is a really cute place setting addition for the holidays.

Meg said...

How fun! I love the idea of using these as place cards! Thanks for linking up!!
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Rosemary said...

Gail, this is such a cute a lever idea!..I would never have thought of this!..Thank you for posting at Betty Bees Buzz. Be sure to share with us more of your creative ideas!!

Rita E said...

Very clever and creative! Came by way of Thrifty Thursday ... thanks for sharing.

AllieMakes! said...

Very very clever! Good way to manage the salt!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Becolorful said...

Totally clever. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
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Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Eek! It's so cute!!!!! I'll have to figure out what I'd like to use the shrinky dink with the plate. What a great idea. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's.

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