Walnut boats

In the days heading up to Christmas it is always nice to sit down and enjoy some walnuts. But wait: walnuts are not only for eating, they can also be used to make walnut boats.

Walnut boats

In the days heading up to Christmas it is always nice to sit down and enjoy some walnuts. But wait: walnuts are not only for eating, they can also be used to make walnut boats. The swimming candles will get you in the Christmas spirit and you can enjoy some walnuts whilst doing so.

 

This is how it's done:

hohle NüsseFirst of all the walnuts are removed from their shells. Be careful while doing this, as the shells are very fragile and the nuts are sometimes wedged in tightly. Half a nutshell represents what will later become a walnut boat.

Nusshälften bemalen Using Pelikan PLAKA Colours the nutshells are now painted in many bright colours. It is important to also paint the edges of the nutshells as these unpainted areas will otherwise be noticeable later on. Now leave the colours to dry properly. To finish of, the nutshells are painted with Pelikan Clear varnish making them water proof.

Teelichte Remove the candlewicks out of the Tea lights. The wax can be melted and used for other colourless candles.

Teelichte Place the wicks in the colourful nutshells. It is important to make sure that the wicks can neither fall off or be bent out of shape, as the wax would not flow properly anymore.

Teelichte Using colourful candles, now begin to drip the hot wax into the nutshells. Blue wax in blue shells, or even colourful mixtures look very good.

Slowly fill each walnut boat. Stop dripping in the wax just before the shell is going to overflow. The wick must be standing out a fair bit, as it would otherwise be difficult to light the candle later on.

When all walnut boats are filled and ready, place them in a beautiful Vase filled with water. Now just relax and enjoy the weeks coming up to Christmas.